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Eciton hamatum

Eciton hamatum

The eyes of Eciton are among the strangest found in ants. The ancestors of this army ant genus were subterranean and blind, so when Eciton emerged to raid above ground they must have re-evolved eyes from a vestigial progenitor. Cayó District, Belize.

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