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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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Small-spotted Catshark (Scyliorhinus canicula)

Also known as the lesser spotted dogfish, the small-spotted catshark is a species of catshark native to the northeast Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean sea. Catsharks are opportunistic feeders and will feed on a wide range of food like, echinoderms, annelids, crustaceans, molluscs and small fish. Small-spotted cathsharks will use a process known as ‘scale rasping’ when feeding on small fish. Scale rasping occurs when the catshark grasps its prey’s tail so its rapid movements can tear chunks off of its prey, these chunks are then anchored to the sharks body via tooth-like structures on its skin which normally protect the shark from parasites.

Phylogeny

Animalia-Chordata-Chondrichthyes-Carcharhiniformes-Scyliorhinidae-Scyliorhinus-canicula

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