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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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Parrotfish Sheilds

presence of mucus cocoons in parrotfish

several species of parrotfish are known to secrete a protective mucus cocoon around themselves before they go to sleep. This cocoon provides several benefits for the fish as it hides its scent from predators, and acts as an early warning system giving the fish a few precious seconds to escape from a preadator. This membrane also keeps the fish clean as parasites and UV light cannot penetrate the membrane. The skin of the membrane may have antioxidant properites in it which could help the fish repair any damage done to it.

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