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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".

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 Mata-Mata

(Chelus fimbriata)

is a freshwater turtle that is found in south america, primarily in the Amazon and other prominent rivers. also it is the sole species in it’s genus Chelus. this is probably do to it’s head which is fairly large, flattened and triangular and a horn on it’s snout accompanied with three barbels on it’s chin giving it the allusion of rotting leaves. size wise it can get up to 18in in full adulthood and weighs in at 33lb. they inhabit slow moving bodies of water such as stagnant pools and marshes. this allows for it’s hunting tactics to work it’s shell resembles fallen bark and it’s odd head looks like leaves, it lays motionless until potential prey goes by it then thrusts out its head and opens its large mouth as wide as it can creating a low pressure vacuum that draws the prey into its mouth where the prey is swallowed whole as the mata mata cannot chew due to its special mouth.

Phylogeny

Animalia-Chordata-Reptilia-Testudines-Pleurodira-Chelidae-Chelidinae-Chelus

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