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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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Magnificent Seastar (Luidia magnifica)

Also known Luidia’s Magnificent Star, the magnificent seastar is a species of paxillosid sea star found throughout the Pacific. Like all members of the genus Luidia the magnificent star has unique tube feet that do not have suckers but instead have two swollen regions tipped with red. They are also covered with paxillae on their upper surface, paxillae are pillar-like spines which help in support and defense. Magnificent seastars are opportunists and possibly scavengers and will eat whatever they can catch and swallow.

Phylogeny

Animalia-Echinodermata-Asterozoa-Asteroidea-Paxillosida-Luidiidae-Luidia-magnifica

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