the eye of the predacious copepod Corycaeus

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Franz Neidl
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the eye of the predacious copepod Corycaeus

Post by Franz Neidl »

Yesterday I saw the predacious marine copepod Corycaeus spec. I was (and I am) very much impressed from its highly developed eye.
The eye has an outer and an inner lense in a crystal cone (cfr. Larink & Westheide: Coastal Plankton. Photo guide for European Seas, 2006, pp. 96-97).

The hole animal was about 700 µm long; the inner cone 182 µm long.

First picture: Obj. 10x DIC, stack with 9 photos
second picture Obj. 20x DIC, stack 2 photos
third picture: Obj. 40x, stack 2 photos.





Craig Gerard
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Post by Craig Gerard »

Fascinating images!

The 'eye' of this predacious copepod is well suited for the task.

To use a classic quote from 'Antz' - "I almost know exactly what I'm doing!"

Ernst Hippe
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Post by Ernst Hippe »


incredible! So the two-lens-mikroskope is not invented by man but by the nature itself!

Thanks Ernst

Charles Krebs
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Post by Charles Krebs »


Bizarre and fascinating subject, and wonderful shots!

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