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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Crustacea
Class: Maxillopoda
Subclass: Copepoda
Order: Calanoida
Family: Pontellidae
Genus: Pontella
Dana, 1846

Pontella is a marine copepod genus in the family Pontellidae. It is an organism that bears three lenses in the eye. The outer has a parabolic surface, countering the effects of spherical aberration while allowing a sharp image to be formed.[1]

Pontella includes the following species:[2]


  1. ^ I. R. Schwab (2003). "An eye for the ladies". British Journal of Ophthalmology. 87 (8): 936. doi:10.1136/bjo.87.8.936. PMC 1771812Freely accessible. PMID 12908482. 
  2. ^ T. Chad Walter & Geoff Boxshall (2011). T. C. Walter & G. Boxshall, ed. "Pontella Dana, 1846". World Copepoda database. World Register of Marine Species. Retrieved February 10, 2011.