compound eye


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com·pound eye

the eye of arthropods, most highly developed in insects and crustaceans; the eye consists of a group of functionally related visual elements (ommatidia) with corneal surfaces that collectively form a segment of a sphere.

compound eye

n.
The eye of most insects and some crustaceans, which is composed of many light-sensitive elements, each having its own refractive system and each forming a portion of an image.

compound eye

see EYE, COMPOUND.
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Compound eyes are important visual sensory organs with the capacity to distinguish colors and shapes (Briscoe & Chittka 2001), detect moving objects, and perceive the plane of polarized light (Horvath & Varju 2003).
As in Avatar, The Man with the Compound Eyes is an epic tale that evokes ecological destruction of global proportions.
On the basis of molecular phylogeny, other researchers (Oakley and Cunningham 2002) have shown that the paired compound eyes of some seed shrimp evolved within an otherwise eyeless group of Ostracoda.
Their compound eyes are divided into sections that look like a honey comb.
Diam of the toruli equal to the distance between the toruli and the compound eye and shorter than the distance between the toruli.
Good examples include insects' compound eyes and the human eye.
Each of the spiny creature's two compound eyes was a semicircular tower that sported about 280 individual lenses.
Acting together, thousands of calcite crystals form a kind of primitive compound eye that covers much of the organism's body, and researchers think this must be useful in detecting and escaping from predators.
Head brown, with dark yellow scales dorsally; antenna almost as long as forewing, basal half black, apical half festucine; labial palpus long, upcurved, first segment very short, covered with yellow scales, second segment with rough, yellow scales, third segment brown, being more slender than second segment; compound eye surrounded by yellowish brown scales.
Gena with a transverse fascia between postclypeus and compound eye.
It comes out [as if from] the compound eye of an insect," says Williams.
Gena with a transverse fascia between postclypeus and compound eye and a fascia along margin with compound eye, both of which are connected to each other.