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

 

Acropora cytherea

…a species of table coral that is widespread throughout the Indo-Pacific, ranging from the Red Sea to the Indian Ocean to Australia, Japan and Hawaii. A.cytherea typically inhabits shallow, tropical reefs and is often found on subtidal reef slopes and submerged reefs. Several species of crabs are obligate associates of this species and will live on the corals, feeding on their tissue but protecting them from predators. The crabs are low in number and the coral will suffer little harm. 

Phylogeny

Animalia-Cnidaria-Anthozoa-Scleractinia-Acroporidae-Acropora-A.cytherea

Images: Charlie Veron and Dwayne Meadows

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