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".

Image: Erikwlyon

 

Sand Cat

(Felis margarita)

Also known as the Sand Dune Cat is a species of cat endemic to deserts of Northern Africa and parts of Central Asia (thus the name). They are about the same size as a common house cat growing up to around 20in in length and weighing in at around 3-7lbs. Some of their major characteristics are their fairly broad head and Wide ears which can be flattened and pointed down if needed. In terms of coloration they are mostly a sandy-yellow color with black and brown bars, and green eyes. Like their name might give off they live in deserts, preferably ones with flat terrain and sparse vegetation as they can survive in climate ranging from 23-126 degrees Fahrenheit. Like most other cats they have a diet of rodents and other small animals. Due to habitat degradation and other reasons like animal introduction the sand cat has been listed as near threatened by the IUCN.

Phylogeny

Animalia-Chordata-Mammalia-Carnivora-Felidae-Felis-margarita

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