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Phototransduction in fan worm radiolar eyes

The fan worm Megalomma interrupta emerging from its protective tube.  Unusual compound eyes are located on the tips of two prominent feeding tentacles.

The fan worm Megalomma interrupta emerging from its protective tube. Unusual compound eyes are located on the tips of two prominent feeding tentacles.

28 July 2017

Fan worms have some of the strangest eyes in nature located on their feeding tentacles. In this new publication, transcriptomic sequencing reveals the expression of unusual phototransduction genes that suggest these eyes evolved independently from other canonical visual systems.    

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Current Biology Volume 27, Issue 14, R698 - R699. Also appears as Cover Image for this issue.

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