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Lanceola

Small red hyperiid.
K.J. Osborn

This hyperiid is one of seventeen species in the genus Lanceola, which are found between 200 and 7,000 meters below the ocean’s surface. Some species, like this one, are found exclusively below 3,000 meters and are adapted to the cold and dark that comes with that depth. Meanwhile, others may vertically migrate closer to surface waters at night. Because they spend so much time in the dark, Lanceola species tend to have very small eyes—or none at all. In this image, the tiny bright red dot on the right side of the head is a tiny compound eye.