Eyes of the Mantis Shrimp
The eyes of the mantis shrimp are considered to be the most complex in the animal kingdom.
The mantis shrimp has 16 different kinds of photoreceptor pigments (Humans only have 4). 12 are used for colour sensitivity and the rest for colour filtering. Their eyes are so sensitive that they can detect polarized light and multispectral images, as well as UV light.
Structurally, each of the two compound eyes are constructed out of 10,000 ommatidia units, which divide two hemispheres, creating three regions. The shrimp can therefore see objects with three different parts of the same eye. This allows for each individual eye to possess depth perception. Both eyes move independently of each other.
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Eyes of the Mantis Shrimp

The eyes of the mantis shrimp are considered to be the most complex in the animal kingdom.

The mantis shrimp has 16 different kinds of photoreceptor pigments (Humans only have 4). 12 are used for colour sensitivity and the rest for colour filtering. Their eyes are so sensitive that they can detect polarized light and multispectral images, as well as UV light.

Structurally, each of the two compound eyes are constructed out of 10,000 ommatidia units, which divide two hemispheres, creating three regions. The shrimp can therefore see objects with three different parts of the same eye. This allows for each individual eye to possess depth perception. Both eyes move independently of each other.

Silke Baron on Flickr

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