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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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Apolemia uvaira

is a species of hydrozoan siphonophore found in the Atlantic, Indian and Antarctic oceans but is most common in the Mediterranean. It like all siphonophores is a colony of many animals called zooids all with specific tasks which form to make a single functioning animal. They are very similar in biology and appearance to Praya dubia which is another species of siphonophore, like P.dubia A.uvaria can grow quite long with individuals reported at 98ft long. They also are extremely toxic with a poison potent enough to kill large fish. they also look strangely similar to a whelks egg case

whelk egg case

Phylogeny

Animalia-Cnidaria-Hydrozoa-Siphonophora-Apolemiidae-Apolemia-uvaria

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