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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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Velvet Whalefish (Barbourisia rufa)

…a species of deep-sea whalefish and the only member of its family, the velvet whalefish is native to the waters of the Pacific near Japan and New Zealand. As its name suggests the velvet whalefish has a whale-shaped body and is completely red, this red coloration makes it functionally invisible in the deep sea. Little is known of their habits but it is believed they feed mostly on crustaceans. Immature whalefish journey to the lower mesopelagic zone at night to feed on copepods. When male velvet whalefish transition to adults they will develop a large liver and their jaws fuse shut. They can no longer eat but survive off of the energy stored in their liver.

Phylogeny

Animalia-Chordata-Actinopterygii-Neopterygii-Teleostei-Cetomimiformes-Barvourisiidae-Barbourisia-rufa

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