Weirdest animal eyes: Paraphronima gracilis shrimp has 12 retinas (VIDEO).

A Creature With 12 Retinas That Take Up Nearly Half Its Body (Video)

A Creature With 12 Retinas That Take Up Nearly Half Its Body (Video)

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March 28 2015 7:59 AM

One Shrimp, 12 Retinas

Why paraphronima gracilis’ eyes take up nearly half its body.

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A deep-sea shrimp, paraphronima gracilis, sports a pair of compound eyes with a single row of 12 red retinas each—a system so large it takes up nearly half the tiny shrimp's body.

Jim Festante is an actor/writer in Los Angeles and regular video contributor to Slate. He is the author of the Image Comics miniseries The End Times of Bram and Ben.