There are many spectacular and colourful eyes in the animal kingdom, can you identify which animals these belong to?
Answers are below, no peeking until you have had at least one guess per photo.
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These eyes look a bit like radio speakers but they belong to the common fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster).
If you guessed dog you were close, but these belong to none other than a red fox (Vulpes vulpes).
These belong to a golden-crowned sifaka also called Tattersall’s sifaka (Propithecus tattersalli).
Four eyes? Greedy… These belong to a species of jumping spider (Phidippus otiosus). Spiders in this group have excellent vision. You would expect so as they have two pairs of four eyes (so eight in total). It helps them to hunt actively rather than catching prey in a web.
The eyes of this margined sole fish (Brachirus heterolapis) are hard to spot on its camouflaged body.
This one should be easy, yes a tiger, but did you get the subspecies? It’s a Bengal tiger (Panthera tigris).
These serious looking eyes belong to a mountain gorilla (Gorilla beringei) female.
One to throw you off course. These are not eyes, but eye spot markings on an io moth (Automeris io). They help then to deter and scare off predators and to attract mates.
If you guessed reptile you are on the right track. These belong to a flat-tailed or giant leaf-tailed gecko (Uroplatus fimbriatus). It lives in the tropical rain forests of Madagascar. Its eyes are believed to be 350 times more sensitive than the human eye. This helps it to see colour even at night. If you look closely you will notice it does not have any eyelids, so it has to lick them clean if any dirt obscures its vision.
The crafty disguised eyes of a hare can be seen here (Lepus timidus). Fully white fur allows the hare to stay camouflaged from any lurking predators.
An easy one. Yes it’s a dog – a flatcoated retriever puppy and it’s only six weeks old (awwww).
These beautiful blue eyes belong to a fish, but did you guess which species? It’s a blue-eyed triplefin (Notoclinops segmentatus).
Another primate, this time a snow monkey, also known as a Japanese macaque (Macaca fuscata), found in Japans forested mountain regions.
The beautiful eye of a red-eyed tree frog (Agalychnis callidryas). Its semi-transparent eyelid allows it to see its surroundings even while resting.
A harbour or common seal (Phoca vitulina), which as its name suggests, are the most abundant seal species.
Another canid species, this time the unmistakeable eyes of a Siberian husky dog, commonly used as sled dogs.
You will be forgiven for not knowing which creature this ominous eye belongs to. It is that of a short-nosed and stocky lemon shark (Negaprion brevirostris).