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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As in Avatar, The Man with the Compound Eyes is an epic tale that evokes ecological destruction of global proportions.
The main advantage of compound eyes is that they have thousands of lenses, as opposed to simple eyes which have just a single lens.
2 times ocellocular distance; scape about five times longer than wide; pedicel about as long as broad; first flagellomere slightly broader than long, about as long as second flagellomere, remaining flagellomeres about as long as broad, except apical flagellomere much longer than broad; compound eye about twice as long as broad; gena about half width of compound eye in profile.
0x longer than broad; pedicel longer than broad; F1 about as long as broad, as long as pedicel, slightly longer than F2, F3-F10 each longer than wide, each longer than F1 and F2 individually; F10 longest; compound eye about 2.
Oculo-clypeal distance (OCD): in straight line from posterior clypeal margin to a midpoint in anterior margin of compound eye.
The ancestral eye then evolved into the various camera-type eyes (probably independently) and various compound eyes.
They have 2 large compound eyes as well as 3 smaller eyes called ocelli which can detect changes in light and dark.
The Robot Zoo makes it possible with two 19-inch compound eye simulations--each with 4,000 six-sided lenses.
Your Sun Machine, Your Strange Certainty Still Kept, 1996, and Your Compound Eye, 1996, belong to the person seeing them.
The fly's large and prominent compound eye (comprised of up to 4,000 separate hexagonal lenses) has a remarkably broad field of vision which distinguishes a mosaic-like complex of contrasting shapes and patterns: the fly sees not one, highly resolved image, but rather an unresolved, prismatic picture.
Researchers found that the trilobite had an ancient precursor to the compound eye - "remnants of cellular systems, typical of a modern focal apposition eye, similar to those of a bee or dragonfly.
Finally, preliminary genetic information provides tantalizing support for this model of spider lateral eye development from a primitive compound eye field.