13 October 2009

Tuesday Crustie: Red mantis

Gonodactyllaceus randalli
I suspect stomatopods, also known as mantis shrimp, like this Gonodactyllaceus randalli, will get more than their fair share of representation in this feature. They have the most complex eyes in the animal kingdom, and no doubt is that is partly because they are looking at each other. Amazing colours, with reflection in the parts of the spectrum that humans can’t detect, and patterns using polarized light that humans are insensitive to.

By user prilfish on FLickr, used under a Creative Commons license.

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