Hi, I'm Andrew and I’m just a simple 19 year old guy and zoology student that posts random factoids about obscure animals and general animal science/zoology/biology stuff so if you like animals this is the place for you, if you only like cute animals this is not the place for you… Also I can ID any animals you might need identified (just submit them to me).

Disclamer: none of the pictures are mine unless stated

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

 

Odontaster validus

…is a species of seastar that is native to the Southern Ocean and the waters around Antarctica. Like other seastars O.validus is a scavenger and will feed on anything it can find. The only thing that O.validus does not attack is members of its own species, this seems to be due to chemoreceptors. It is thought that this helps them congregate en mass to food sources as well. They are also very sensitive to water changes and as such they have undergone much research to help understanding global warming. 

Phylogeny

Animalia-Echinodermata-Asteroidea-Valvatida-Odontasteridae-Odontaster-O.validus

Image(s): Norbert Wu

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