“But I do have one amusing story: I read a report about a type of fish called a spookfish, which has these amazing eyes, where every single eye has two bits: one that looks upwards, and has a sort of typical vertical lens configuration, and one that points downwards, which uses a mirror to focus objects much like a lens.”
“The spookfish however, manages to focus light in the lower eye without using a lens.”
“In the spookfish, the mirror sits in front of the retina and serves to focus light, providing an image that's much brighter than a lens could produce.”
“The article, titled "A Novel Vertebrate Eye Using Both Refractive and Reflective Optics," describes the unusual eyes of the spookfish, Dolichopteryx longipes.”
“Jan 07, 2009 | not rated yet | no comments yet A remarkable new discovery shows the four-eyed spookfish to be the first vertebrate ever found to use mirrors, rather than lenses, to focus light in its eyes.”
“In the few other species of deep-sea fish that possess split eyes, the upper eye has a lens, like in the spookfish, for focusing light.”
“The spookfish has a pair of mirrors (black) to focus light from below into its eyes”
“The diverticular eyes image these flashes, warning the spookfish of other animals that are active, and otherwise unseen, below its vulnerable belly.”
“The spookfish needs one half to point upwards, to capture faint glimmers of light from the sea surface 1,000m above.”
“The brownsnout spookfish has been known for 120 years, but no live specimen had ever been captured.”
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