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Bird's Nest Fungi - Photo (c) Sarah Gregg, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC) CC
Bird's Nest Fungi Info
The Nidulariaceae are a family of fungi in the order Nidulariales. Commonly known as the bird's nest fungi, their fruiting bodies resemble tiny egg-filled birds' nests. As they are saprobic, feeding on decomposing organic matter, they are often seen growing on decaying wood and in soils enriched with wood chips or bark mulch; they have a widespread distribution in most ecological regions. The five genera within the family, namely, Crucibulum, Cyathus, Mycocalia, Nidula, and Nidularia, are... (From Wikipedia)
Sword-billed Hummingbird - Photo (c) David Cook, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC) CC
Sword-billed Hummingbird Info
Sword-billed Hummingbird (Ensifera ensifera) is a species of hummingbird from South America and the sole member of the genus Ensifera. It is found in the higher elevations (mostly above 2500 meters) in Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela. (From Wikipedia)
Decapods - Photo (c) Ethan Ableman, some rights reserved (CC BY) CC
Decapods Info
The decapods or Decapoda (literally "ten-footed") are an order of crustaceans within the class Malacostraca, including many familiar groups, such as crayfish, crabs, lobsters, prawns and shrimp. Most decapods are scavengers. The order is estimated to contain nearly 15,000 species in around 2,700 genera, with approximately 3,300 fossil species. Nearly half of these species are crabs, with the shrimp (c. 3000 species) and Anomura (including hermit crabs, porcelain crabs, squat lobsters: (c. 2500 species), making up the bulk... (From Wikipedia)
Crows, Jays, and Magpies - Photo (c) smorsi, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC) CC
Crows, Jays, and Magpies Info
Corvidae is a cosmopolitan family of oscine passerine birds that contains the crows, ravens, rooks, jackdaws, jays, magpies, treepies, choughs and nutcrackers. The common English names used are corvids (more technically) or the crow family (more informally), and there are over 120 species. The genus Corvus, including the jackdaws, crows and ravens, makes up over a third of the entire family. (From Wikipedia)
Barnacles and allies - Photo (c) Ken-ichi Ueda, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA) CC
Barnacles and allies Info
Thecostraca are a subclass of marine invertebrates containing about 1,320 described species. Many species have planktonic larvae which become sessile or parasitic as adults. (From Wikipedia)