Animals with the Most Prolific Eyes

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The eyes are often said as “the windows of the Soul”. Eyes are organs that detect light, and send signals along the optic nerve to the visual and other areas of the brain.

Here’s a list of creatures with the most stunning eyes.

Jumping Spiders

Jumping spiders have large pairs of simple eyes. Jumping spiders have very good vision centered in their anterior median eyes (AME). Their eyes are able to create a focused image on the retina, which has up to four layers of receptor cells in it.

Platycryptus undatus

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This species of Jumping Spider has a total of 8 eyes. The picture above shows four front eyes of an adult male Platycryptus undatus jumping spider.

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Bronze Lake Jumper

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This species of a Jumping spider is commonly called Bronze Lake Jumper, scientifically named Eris militaris.

Tarsiers

Tarsiers have the largest eyes of all land mammals. Tarsiers are prosimian primates found living in the islands of Southeast Asia.

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This species of tarsier is the Philippine Tarsier or Tarsius syrichta.

Tarsiers are small animals with enormous eyes; each eyeball is approximately 16 mm in diameter and is as large as their entire brain. All tarsier species are nocturnal in their habits, but like many nocturnal organisms some individuals may show more or less activity during the daytime.

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This is a Horsfield’s Tarsier, scientifically name Tarsius bancanus

Unlike many nocturnal animals, however, tarsiers lack a light-reflecting area (tapetum lucidum) of the eye. They also have a fovea, which is atypical for nocturnal animals.

Mantis Shrimp

Man Shrimps have the world’s most complex color vision system. They possess hyperspectral color vision which can see visible light as well as from the ultraviolet and infrared. Their eyes, both mounted on mobile stalks and constantly moving about independently of each other, are similarly variably colored, and are considered to be the most complex eyes in the animal kingdom. They permit both serial and parallel analysis of visual stimuli.

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These sea creatures are called “sea locusts” by ancient Assyrians, “prawn killers” in Australia and now sometimes referred to as “thumb splitters” by modern divers.

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Their hyperspectral color vision, allows them up to 12 color channels extending in the ultraviolet. Each compound eye is made up of up to 10,000 separate ommatidia of the apposition type.

Ostrich

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The Ostrich has the biggest eyeballs of all the birds in the world, which are 2 inches or 5 cm across.

World’s Furthest Eyeball Popper

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I certainly love pop corns and popsicles but did you ever saw a person who can pop her eyeballs? Kim Goodman of the United States has no problem popping her eyes. She can pop her eyeballs to a protrusion of 12 mm or 0.47 inches beyond her eye sockets.

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Goldfish

Goldfish are small ornamental freshwater fish that are commonly kept fish in aquariums and outdoor water gardens. Some varieties of goldfish have notably prolific eyes.

Dragon Eye Goldfish

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The Dragon Eye Goldfish or Demekin is a fancy goldfish characterized by its protruding eyes. It is also known as Telescope Eye Goldfish or Globe Goldfish.

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Except for the enlarged projecting eyes, the Telescope Eye Goldfish is similar to the Ryukin.

Celestial Eye Goldfish

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Celestial Eye Goldfish or Choten Gan is a double-tailed breed of fancy goldfish that has a breed-defining pair of telescope eyes which are turned upwards, pupils gazing skyward.

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When the fry hatch, the eyes of young Celestials are normal but gradually protrude sideways, as in the Telescope Eye Goldfish, and then turn upwards within a period of six months.

Bubble Eye Goldfish

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Bubble Eye Goldfish is a small variety of fancy goldfish with upward pointing eyes that are accompanied by two large fluid-filled sacs.

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The eyes of the Bubble Eye Goldfish are normal in the young fry, but will start to develop eye bladders three months after hatching.

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For animals with the largest body parts see

Animals with the Most Prolific Body Parts

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