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Family Callidulidae: An unusual family of moths known as "Old World Butterfly-moths. Callidulids are a family of butterfly like moths which are distributed throughout southeast Asia and Oceania. Callidulids can exhibit both day and night flying behavior and typically hold their wings over thier backs like butterflies. Thier closest relatives are know truly known but they are thought to be close to hook-tip and geometer moths.

Image: L. Shyamal

 

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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