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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

 

Bolson Tortoise (Gopherus flavomarginatus)

Also known as the Mexican giant tortoise or the Yellow-margined tortoise, the Bolson tortoise is a large species of gopher tortoise that is native to a region of the Chihuahuan Desert in north-central Mexico. Like other tortoises Bolson tortoises are herbivores and will feed on a variety of grasses, shrubs and herbs. They will dig small burrows and use them as refuge from predators and weather. These burrows are usually constructed in social aggregations and clusters can reveal the social structures of individuals.

Bolson tortoises are currently listed as vulnerable and their populations are in decline. This is due in part to over-collection for food and the pet trade and habitat destruction. 

Phylogeny

Animalia-Chordata-Reptilia-Testudines-Cryptodira-Testudinoidea-Testudinidae-Gopherus-G.flavomarginatus

Images :Mbtrap and Sandy Arbogast

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