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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".

Image: Erikwlyon

 

Hemisquilla californiensis

…a species of mantis shrimp that is found along the western seaboard of North America. H.californiensis is active during the day and afternoon and will retreat to its burrow at mid-day and night.  It is a generalist and will feed on gastropods, annelids, crustaceans, and bivalves. It will use its two hammer-like smashing appendages to ‘break into’ the hard shells of its bivalve and crustacean prey. 

Phylogeny

Animalia-Arthropoda-Crustacea-Malacostraca-Stomatopoda-Hemisquillidae-Hemisquilla-Californiensis

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