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Dobson NC, Johnson ML, De Grave S. (2016) Insights into the morphology of symbiotic shrimp eyes (Crustacea, Decapoda, Pontoniinae); the effects of habitat demands. PeerJ Preprints4:e1868v1https://doi.org/10.7287/peerj.preprints.1868v1
Morphometric differences in the optical morphology of symbiotic palaemonid shrimps can be observed among species symbiotic with different host organisms. Discriminant functional analysis revealed three distinct groups within the species examined. Of these, bivalve symbionts appear to have an eye design that is solely unique to this host-symbiont grouping, a design that spans across multiple genera of phylogenetically unrelated animals. Although some taxonomic effects may be evident, this does not explain the difference and similarities in eye morphology that are seen within these shrimps. Therefore evolutionary pressures from their host environments are having an impact on the optical morphology of eyes however, as indicated by host-hopping events there ecological adaptations occur post host invasion.
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