Mantis Shrimp Has The Weirdest Eyes In The Animal Kingdom

Posted: May 3 2018, 9:16am CDT | by , Updated: May 3 2018, 10:04am CDT, in Latest Science News


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Mantis Shrimp has the Best Eyes in the Animal Kingdom
The extraordinary eyes of the stomatopod Odontodactylus scyllarus (or 6-inch peacock mantis shrimp) are capable of independent rotation in all three rotational degrees of freedom, leading to complex gaze stabilization behavior. Credit: Michael Bok
  • Mantis Shrimp has the Best Eyes in the Animal Kingdom

The Mantis Shrimp has the Weirdest Eyes in the Entire Animal Kingdom

Mantis shrimps have a very forceful blow which they deliver on anything which bugs them. By employing their front limbs, these creatures of the deep blue sea pack quite a punch that causes the water to implode into heat and light.

This shrimp has often devastated whatever comes in its path including snails, aquarium glass, and even human hands. They are a far cry from the cocktail shrimps that are sold in seafood restaurants. The most studied of the various mantis shrimps is the Peacock Mantis Shrimp.

Measuring 6 inches across, this shrimp can deliver a thrust at an incredible 50 mph. Special gloves have to be worn while handling these maritime monsters.

Yet one of the most interesting things about them is not their forceful delivery but their eyes. They are visible at the end of stalks. They are able to eyeball the world around them since they act like a ball and socket joints.

“Their eyes are constantly in motion, up, down, side-to-side,” Daly, the lead researcher, said.

Despite the eyes being turned sideways, the creature knows which direction counts for its navigational purposes. The eyes keep looking here, there and everywhere. This shrimp definitely appears to be more clever than other crustaceans which have a dull and lifeless look.

The structure of the eyes is different from any other creature. Studies into their eyesight and eye structure began in 1983. Three false pupils are arranged on top of each other.

Each eye has its own personalized depth perception. They also have a far broader spectrum to see than humans. That means that they can look at ultraviolet and infrared light waves.

Most mammals have only three sorts of eye sensors. Mantis shrimp have over twelve of these receptors. However, in actuality, their vision is not as rich as it ought to be. It is their color perception that is unique though.

Their eyes work like scanners. These creatures literally paint a picture of their surrounding world in their brains in a piecemeal manner. All in all, they have a strange and weird way of looking at the environs in which they live.

The findings of this research got published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B on May 2, 2018.

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