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Xanthophobia is a fear of the colour yellow.[1] This fear may include the sun, daffodils, yellow paint, and the Yellow Pages.

Xanthophobic behaviour has been described in sea turtle hatchlings, helping them to visually find the sea after hatching.[2]

In China the colour yellow was feared, specifically receiving the yellow scarf, which was an imperial order to commit suicide.[3]

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  1. ^ "Friday 13th and other unusual phobias: The colour yellow". MSN. May 12, 2011. 
  2. ^ Witherington, Blair E; Bjorndal, Karen A (1991). "Influences of wavelength and intensity on hatchling sea turtle phototaxis: implications for sea-finding behavior". Copeia (American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists) 1991 (4): 1060–1069. doi:10.2307/1446101. JSTOR 1446101. 
  3. ^ Auer, Benedict; Jessy A. Ang (2007). Torment of the Soul: Suicidal Depression and Spirituality. AuthorHouse. p. 41. ISBN 1434321819. Retrieved 3 July 2012.