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Researchers have discovered a new species of fish with four eyes, giving it 360 degree vision. The silvery ‘Glasshead barreleye’ was discovered by German researchers in the Tasman Sea and can grow to 18cm in length.
The fish inhabits the murky depths between 800 to 1,000m and has two pairs of eyes, allowing it to spot danger from any angle.
The four-eyed fishes are a genus, Anableps, of fishes in the family Anablepidae. They have eyes raised above the top of the head and divided in two different parts, so that they can see below and above the water surface at the same time. Like their relatives, the onesided livebearers, four-eyed fishes only mate on one side, right-"handed" males with left-"handed" females and vice versa. These fish inhabit freshwater and brackishwater and are only rarely coastal marine. They originate from lowlands in southern Mexico to Honduras and northern South America.
reply to post by lonegurkha
Evolution / species design / nature amazes me...
I wonder what it would be like actually having / processing a constant 360 view of the world. What kind of higher brain functions would be required to process that much information while at the same time identifying threats / non threats / food etc...
edit on 26-3-2014 by Xcathdra because: (no reason given)