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Secrets of the Stomatopod: An Underwater Research Adventure

Here's Looking at You!

The eyes of some groups of stomatopods are probably the most complex in the animal kingdom.

Stomatopod eyes are unusual for several reasons:

Find out more about two very interesting features of stomatopod vision: the arrangement of their eyes, and the ability to see polarized light.

Closeup of eyes

A close-up view of the thousands of visual elements in stomatopod eyes.

Stomatopod eyes

The compound eyes of a stomatopod are elevated on movable stalks.