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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Apheloria virginiensis

…is a large species of millipede endemic to eastern North America. Its bright yellow, black and orange coloration is a form of aposematic coloration as when threatened or mishandled the millipede can secret a compound that contains cyanide. This compound is non-toxic to humans and only discolors the skin.

Phylogeny

Animalia-Arthropoda-Myriapoda-Diplopoda-Polydesmida-Xystodesmidae-Apheloria-virginiensis

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