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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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Pyrosoma atlanticum

…is a species of pelagic colonial tunicate found in temperate waters worldwide. Like other pyrosomes P. atlanticum is a colony of simple grazers that feed on organic particles that run into the colony while they drift in the water column. Pyrosomes are planktonic and rely completely on the current to move, however colonies can cover great distances and some large colonies have been recorded moving up to 2,000 vertical feet daily. Like most pyrosomes this species is highly bioluminescent and colonies can produced brilliant light shows when stimulated.

Phylogeny

Animalia-Chordata-Tunicata-Thaliacea-Pyrosomida-Pyrosomidae-Pyrosoma-atlanticum

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