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

 

Pillar Coral (Dendrogyra cylindricus)

…a species of hard coral that is found in the western Atlantic ocean and the Caribbean sea. Pillar corals are usually found in warmer waters and grow on level or slightly sloping parts of the reef. Pillar corals are zooxanthellates, meaning they have symbiotic dinoflagellates living within their tissue. The dinoflagellates will photosynthesize and feed the coral, in turn the dinoflagellates benefit off of the coral’s nitrogenous wastes. Like other hard corals pillar coral colonies slow-growing and long-lived species 

Phylogeny

Cnidaria-Anthozoa-Scleractina-Faviina-Meandrinidae-Dendrogyra-D.cylindricus

Images: Agami and Harold Hudson

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