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compound eye (oculus)

Polistes metricus - female BG889 C8069 - Bittacus pilicornis - female Ommatius Robber - Ommatius - female BG862 C8210 - Hamatabanus exilipalpis - female BG853 C7874 - Hybomitra difficilis - female Grappletail - Octogomphus specularis - male Erythemis simplicicollis - male Wheel bug Owlfly - Ululodes macleayanus
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
No Taxon (Glossary)
No Taxon (C)
No Taxon compound eye (oculus)
compound eye(s) - the two large many-faceted eyes placed on each side of the head of insects (and some other arthropods), besides which they may also possess simple eyes (ocelli). Compound eyes consist of numerous hexagonal facets, the lenses of which combine the characters of both crystalline and vitreous humours. The individual visual elements are called ommatidia (singular ommatidium). Compound eyes are sometimes called oculi (singular oculus), or simply, eyes. The compound eyes are particularly prominent in certain Diptera (flies) and Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies).
See Also
compound eyes (oculus) (ommatidium)
Print References
Gordh, A Dictionary of Entomology, p. 220 (1)
Internet References
The Compound Eye--Kimball's Biology Pages
Works Cited
1.A Dictionary of Entomology
George Gordh, David H. Headrick. 2003. CABI Publishing.