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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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Pin-Cushion Starfish (Culcita novaeguineae)

…is a species of cushion star found throughout the tropical Indo-Pacific. Like all cushion stars this species sports extremely short arms and an inflated body, so inflated that the arms are barley visible, which makes the echinoderm look similar to a cushion. Cushion stats can often be seen on the bottom where they feed on small invertebrates, corals and organic materials. Like several other starfish species the pin-cushion starfish has a commensal relationship with several species of arthropods which live on the star and clean it. A species of fish has also been recorded living inside the starfish using it as shelter,

Phylogeny

Animalia-Echinodermata-Asteroidea-Valvatida-Oreasteridae-Culcita-novaeguineae

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