Mantis shrimp make sense of a 'staggering' amount of visual information

28 November 2019

University of Queensland scientists have provided new insights into how the tiny brains of mantis shrimp are able to make sense of a breathtaking amount of visual input.

The study may help researchers better understand the evolution of colour vision in the animal kingdom.

UQ Queensland Brain Institute’s Professor Justin Marshall said mantis shrimp have the most complex visual system of any living animal.

“Mantis shrimp have four times as many colour receptors as we humans do: we have three – red, green, and blue – and they have 12,” Professor Marshall said.

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The Queensland Brain Institute researchers teamed up with Professor Nicholas Strausfeld at the University of Arizona, as well as scientists from Lund University in Sweden and the University of Washington in the US.