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

 

"Air Fern" (Serularia argentea)

…although it may look like a plant S. argentea is a species of hydrozoan that occurs throughout the North Sea. Like other hydrozoans S. argentea is a colonial animal consisting of multiple animals known as zooids. Like other cnidarians S. argentea likely feeds on small microorganisms which are dispatched via stinging nematocysts.

S. argentea is often sold commercially as a ‘decorative plant’ or as an aquarium item. Despite its resemblance to a plant as mentioned before air ferns are animals and are sold as calcium carbonate ‘skeletons’.

Classification

Animalia-Cnidaria-Hydrozoa-Leptolinae-Leptomedusae-Conica-Sertularioidea-Sertulariidae-Sertularia-S. argentea

Images: Magnus Manske and infovek.sk

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