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).

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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

 

Blue Iguana (Cyclura lewisi)

Also known as the Grand Cayman Iguana, the blue iguana is a species of rock iguana endemic to the island of Grand Cayman off the coast of Cuba. Like other rock iguanas, blue iguanas spend most of their time on the ground basking in sunlit and dry areas. Blue Iguanas feed almost exclusively on plant material, but are (rarely) known to feed on small invertebrates, fungi and carrion as well. They are also noted for their excellent vision which allows them to detect shapes and motions at long distances. However, their lack of rod cells mean that they have poor vision in low-light conditions. 

Blue iguanas are currently listed as endangered their decline has been linked to predation by introduced species and habitat destruction. Several zoos have taken up conservation projects to aid in their recovery.

Phylogeny

Animalia-Chordata-Reptilia-Squamata-Iguanidae-Cyclura-C.lewisi

Images: Fred Niell and Nate Steiner

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