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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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Pancake Tortoise (Malacochcersus tornieri)

…is a species of tortoise endemic to Tanzania and Kenya. Named after its unusually thin and flat shell, pancake tortoises are found in small colonies which feed on grasses and other vegetation. Due to their thin shells pancake tortoises can climb into small cervices and other spaces other tortoises cannot get into. Their shells also make them vulnerable so in order to escape from predators the tortoise must rely on speed and its climbing ability. Currently the pancake tortoise is listed as vulnerable as over-harvesting and habitat destruction have hurt their population. 

Phylogeny

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