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eyespot

Euglena

Euglena rubra with red eyespot.


The eyespot is a light-sensitive organelle present in unicellular organisms, green algae, zoospores, and some gametes. Eyespots can also be found on more complex animals that have well-developed eyes. A dragonfly, for example, has an eyespot on each side of its head in addition to its compound eyes.

An eyespot enables a creature to respond to changes in light and dark but cannot gather enough information to form an image.