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

 

Parvulastra paravivipara
…is an extremely small species of sea star that occurs on off the coasts of the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia. P. paravivipara typically inhabits intertidal rock pools, usually those that have granite rocks. Parvulastra paravivipara is noted for its unusual life cycle, In which adults are self-fertilizing hermaphrodites and the eggs are brooded within the gonads. There is no planktonic stage and the developing young are cannibalistic and will feed on other embryos and juveniles inside the brood pouch. When they are mature enough they will be released into the water where they will live out their life, likely in the same pool they were born in.
Classification
Animalia-Echinodermata-Asteroidea-Valvatida-Asterinidae-Parvulastra-P. parvivipara
Image: Jennifer Viegas

Parvulastra paravivipara

…is an extremely small species of sea star that occurs on off the coasts of the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia. P. paravivipara typically inhabits intertidal rock pools, usually those that have granite rocks. Parvulastra paravivipara is noted for its unusual life cycle, In which adults are self-fertilizing hermaphrodites and the eggs are brooded within the gonads. There is no planktonic stage and the developing young are cannibalistic and will feed on other embryos and juveniles inside the brood pouch. When they are mature enough they will be released into the water where they will live out their life, likely in the same pool they were born in.

Classification

Animalia-Echinodermata-Asteroidea-Valvatida-Asterinidae-Parvulastra-P. parvivipara

Image: Jennifer Viegas

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