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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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Slender Sunfish (Ranzania laevis)

…is a smaller species of oceanic sunfish found in tropical and temperate seas worldwide. Like its more well known relative M.mola the slender sunfish is pelagic and roams the vast oceans feeding on jellyfish. Also like most molids the slender sunfish will recruit other animals like cleaner fish and seabirds to pick parasites off of them. Molids will usually go to the surface and lay on their sides to signify they want to be cleaned, which makes it look like they are sunbathing, hence the name.

Phylogeny

Animalia-Chordata-Actinopterygii-Tetraodontiformes-Molidae-Ranzania-laevis

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