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

 

Croatobranchus mestrovi

…a highly unusual species of troglobitic leech that is endemic to caves in Northern Velebit, Croatia. Little is known about C.mestorvi’s biology but it is know that is is highly adapted to its troglobitic lifestyle. Its body is very flat and has ten pairs of finger-like projections, which are probably gills. Its diet is unknown but individuals are known to cling to walls facing water streams, while twisting its body as if it was trying to capture something.

Classification

Animalia-Annelida-Clitellata-Hirudinea-Arhynchobdellida-Erpobdelliformes-Erpobdellidae-Croatobranchus-C. mestrovi

Images: Northern Velebit National Park and Croation biospeleological society

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