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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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"Vegetarian spider" (Bagheera kiplingi)

is a species of jumping spider found in parts of Central America. This spider is unique in that it is the only known spider to have a herbivorous diet. The spider who was named after the panther in the jungle book usually inhabits trees of the genus Acacia where it eats the fat rich nubs off the tips of the leaves on the tree (they also consume nectar). Like alot of spiders B.kiplingi is sexually dimorphic as females and males have different coloration.

Phylogeny

Animalia-Arthropoda-Arachnida-Araneae-Salticidae-Dendryphantinae-Bagheera-kiplingi

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    A vegetarian spider!?..
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    Okay, this is just plain aDORable!
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    This is the most adorable thing ever
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    I’ve been keeping hundreds of arachnids for the past 10 years.. yet never knew there was a vegetarian spider species....
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    Pretty cool huh? I think they do occasionally eat each other though…