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".

Image: Erikwlyon

 

Spanish shawl (Flabellina iodinea)

is a species of aeolid nudibranch native to the west coast of North America, parts of central america and the Galapagos. The Spanish shawl is easily recognizable due to its stunning purple and orange coloration, these bright colors serve as warnings to potential predators that the cerata (orange appendages) are filled with dangerous stinging cells stolen from the cnidarians that they prey on. 

Phylogeny

Animalia-Mollusca-Gastropoda-Aeolidioidea-Flabellinidae-Flabellina-iodinea

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