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The Mantis Shrimp

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#1    Insanity

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 04:17 PM

I read this and found it humorous, thought I'd share.

Why the Mantis Shrimp is my New Favorite Animal
http://theoatmeal.co...s/mantis_shrimp

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 04:28 PM

Colorful little thing, too bad we can't see all his colors.


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Posted 11 April 2013 - 04:35 PM

Not just colors, but polarized light, multispectral, ultraviolet, maybe even circular polarized light.

Wiki had this, The species Gonodactylus smithii is the only organism known to simultaneously detect the four linear and two circular polarization components required for Stokes parameters, which yield a full description of polarization. It is thus believed to have optimal polarization vision.

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 05:04 PM

We can see all the colors. Don't worry. However, our perception of them is the difference.

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 05:05 PM

Awesome!

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 05:10 PM

Oh yeah, crazy bad to watch these guys in action.
Never knew about their vision, just their power, very interesting!
Wonder why they have such amazing color vision and if any other animals compare?

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 05:15 PM

I wanted a couple of these for my fish tank actually ,but they are not good for certain habitats . They eat some of the stuff I kept as a pet .

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 05:16 PM

Amazing little creature. Nice post. :tu:

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 05:25 PM

View PostQuiteContrary, on 11 April 2013 - 05:10 PM, said:

Oh yeah, crazy bad to watch these guys in action.
Never knew about their vision, just their power, very interesting!
Wonder why they have such amazing color vision and if any other animals compare?

Seeing polarized light is useful in an aquatic environment.  There are a fair number of sea creatures whose bodies are transparent, and are quite difficult to see in the water using our eyes, but they cannot avoid having the light that passes through get polarized by sugar molecules or other compounds that are there.  Having the ability to see polarized light then lets them see these creatures fairly well.  I think such visual ability is common among arthropods and insects.

Probably the 16 receptors are not for other colors in a sense, but receptors for polarized light, which we could consider a color I guess.  So if there is 4 linear and 2 circular polarized light, 6 of their receptors might be just for that.  Then three for the usual colors we can see, leaving 7 which could be for ultraviolet.

http://en.wikipedia....tis_shrimp#Eyes

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 05:44 PM

View PostInsanity, on 11 April 2013 - 05:25 PM, said:

Seeing polarized light is useful in an aquatic environment.  There are a fair number of sea creatures whose bodies are transparent, and are quite difficult to see in the water using our eyes, but they cannot avoid having the light that passes through get polarized by sugar molecules or other compounds that are there.  Having the ability to see polarized light then lets them see these creatures fairly well.  I think such visual ability is common among arthropods and insects.

Probably the 16 receptors are not for other colors in a sense, but receptors for polarized light, which we could consider a color I guess.  So if there is 4 linear and 2 circular polarized light, 6 of their receptors might be just for that.  Then three for the usual colors we can see, leaving 7 which could be for ultraviolet.

http://en.wikipedia....tis_shrimp#Eyes

Like liking to fish with polarized sunglasses.

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 06:22 PM

View PostSimbi Laveau, on 11 April 2013 - 05:15 PM, said:

I wanted a couple of these for my fish tank actually ,but they are not good for certain habitats . They eat some of the stuff I kept as a pet .
I think some acrylic tanks can manage them, but that won't stop them from eating everything else in the tank.

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