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Stomatopod eyes by TAKATA Mitsuaki

Taken with Nexus housed Nikon F4 with 200mm F4D Micro Lens +TC-201+PK13,PK12,PK12 (3:1 super macro) STROBE: Double Junnon Housed Nikon SB-26 FILM: RDP2 DATA: 1/250 F8.

The compound eyes of some stomatopod species represent the most complicated visual systems yet found in any animal. Each compound eye is functionally divided into three general regions: two hemispheric regions are bisected by a narrow midband in many day-adapted mantis shrimps (the midband is clearly seen as a curved region in the equatorial plane of the mantis eyes above). The ommatidia of the upper and lower hemispheres are structurally and functionally similar to those in other crustaceans, but the midband shows features that are unique in the animal kingdom. Functionally, the two hemispheres in a SINGLE eye give a mantis shrimp monochromatic vision and enhances its depth perception, while the midband region is responsible for color vision, as well as the ability to see polarized light.

Both this and the Mostert pic were taken from cybereef.com.

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