Seeing colors in UV light? Might be a mantis shrimp

Mantis shrimp have amazing eyes that allow them to see 5 different “colors” of UV light. Scientists recently discovered how they do this: with filters that sit over their light receptors, like tinted sunglasses. Learn more in my story for the LA Times.

The UV receptors in mantis shrimps' eyes are in the horizontal midband of their compound eyes. (Credit: Silke Baron)
The UV receptors in mantis shrimps’ eyes are in the horizontal midband of their compound eyes. (Credit: Silke Baron)
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