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A "four-eyed" fish that sees simultaneously above and below the water line has offered up a dramatic example of how gene expression allows organisms to adapt to their environment.
By ALLAN TUDOR Strange eyes, odd sex lives and the ability to breathe out of water: the latest arrivals at Living Coasts, Torquay, are among the most peculiar fish on the planet.
The four-eyed fishes are a genus, Anableps, of fishes in the family Anablepidae. They have eyes raised above the top of the head and divided in two different parts, so that they can see below and above the water surface at the same time. Like their relatives, the one-sided live bearers, they only mate on one side, right-"handed" males with left-"handed" females and vice versa.
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