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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

 

Sea Potato

(Echinocardium cordatum)

is a species of heart urchin found in shallow tidal regions around the world. The name sea potato probably comes from the animals brown coloration and short spines making it look sort of similar to a potato(they look more like garlic to me). They spend most of their lives in burrows dug 10-15 cm under the sand, these burrows have channels for respiration  and sanitation as well. the urchin waits and collects any edible material that rests on top of the burrow. Other animals like amphipods and bivalves are known to share burrows with the sea potato as well.

Phylogeny

Animalia-Echinodermata-Eleutherozoa-Echinoidea-Spatangoida-Loveniidae-Echinocardium-cordatum

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    Weird
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    Sea potato :3
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    omg it shares its burrow awwwww