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".

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Pyura chilensis

is a species of tunicate or sea squirt commonly found off the coasts of Chile and Peru. P.chilensis is commonly described as a rock with organs as it is very similar in shape and coloration to a rock, this is probably a type of camouflage to help protect the animal in its sessile filter feeding lifestyle. All Pyura are born male and then at “puberty” the animal becomes hermaphroditic and spawns. Pyura despite their unappealing looks are fished and are a staple in several South American dishes. As the vanadium it secretes makes a strong flavor.

Phylogeny

Animalia-Chordata-Tunicata-Ascidiacea-Pleurogona-Stolidobranchia-Pyuridae-pyura-chilensis

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