Hi, I'm Andrew and I’m just a simple 19 year old guy and zoology student that posts random factoids about obscure animals and general animal science/zoology/biology stuff so if you like animals this is the place for you, if you only like cute animals this is not the place for you… Also I can ID any animals you might need identified (just submit them to me).
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Family Polioptilidae: A family of passerine birds commonly known as "Gnatcatchers". All gnatcatchers are native to the New World, being found in both North and South America. Gnatcatchers are close relatives of the wrens and some species are known as "Gnatwrens".
Totally! What do you think my heavily researched post about the existence of mermaids was some sort of extremely sarcastic joke?
This specific species is a species of ctenophore discovered off the coast of Tasmania in 2009, and I don’t think it has been formally described just yet. However, there are numerous ctenophore species (which are not actually jellyfish at all and predate their existence) which look similar to this one which are described like: Bolinopsis infundibuliformis or Mnemiopsis leidyi
Hi. Well most insects will bite if adequately provoked, but significantly less will bite to feed like mosquitoes do. Some of the notable ones are other biting flies like Horse Flies, biting midges, Black Flies, and Sand Flies. Bed Bugs, Kissing Bugs, Fleas, and Lice will do this as well. Also although they are arachnids and not insects Ticks and certain Mites will do this too.
Also interestingly butterflies and moths will sometimes feed on blood as well. This is rare though and usually done when they need lack liquid nutrients, and even then they prefer other sources like sweat and wet soil. However there is one genus (Calyptra) of moths which are known to actively feed on human blood.
I’m pretty sure it was recently? discovered that poriferans were actually more closely related to cnidarians and the ctenophores are the most basal animals known.
I also am interested to see where Trichoplax research is heading as well.