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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Aba-Aba (Gymnarchus niloticus)

Also known as the African Knifefish or the Freshwater rat-tail the Aba-aba is a species of Osteoglossiform fish native to swamps and muddy rivers of Northern Africa. Like alot of fish of its order the aba-aba is very long and slender with adults growing up to 5 feet long. The fish only has a dorsal fin which it wriggles back and forth as its main source of propulsion. They have very poor eyesight and rely on a weak electric field to navigate their murky surroundings.

Phylogeny

Animalia-Chordata-Actinopterygii-Osteoglossiformes-Gymnarchidae-Gymnarchus-niloticus

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