Path of the Wild (Forum Game)


#507

Action: Start to eat surrounding plankton, if there is none eat my siblings


(Louix) #508

Damn, no luck again…

Action: Feed even if I HAVE TO KILL OTHERS FOR IT !!


(Stealth) #509

Round 76

Meta Stuff

Official Game Soundtrack (Nice to have as a soundtrack whilst reading a round): https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=T1_wnREGllg&t=269s
Chat Server (Anyone could join, players would benefit from joining): https://discord.gg/weGdxFB
Eztan Extant Ecosystems (The Current World): https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ramXIxwYwggWj1bVH3zmZT-tlZSbQvW4PUZAEiVWYB8
Book of the Dead (Prehistoric History): https://docs.google.com/document/d/1JOwzI4ZHorn8nrqEr62v2_uXXlbs7qSCudHc476qLMY

~19 million years into the Atroxian~
Fressian Stage
Season: Northern Autumn, Southern Spring
Time of Day: Dusk (W), Morning (E)
Event - (No Event)

Global Climate: A slow rise in oxygen and decrease in carbon dioxide has caused the average global temperature to drop to a quite cool 15 degrees. The climate is quite seasonal, and less wet than previous prehistoric stages. Sea levels are now slightly low, but there are still no glacial ice caps, as there is no land right in the poles. However, many deserts stretch across the continent of Uteeno, as they are too far from the coast to recover rain.

In the deepest reaches of the ocean, unusual activity is stirring. A change somewhere in the density of the ocean has affected the normally slow and gentle ocean currents. They have been whipped up into quite a frenzy, in what is known as a deep ocean storm. The currents are strong enough to displace animals. Eventually, it subsides.


@RoboTrannic
Hoplites pretiosa (CR)
UTEENESSA OCEAN, NORTH-WEST, DEEP OCEAN
The strong currents pick you up from the floor and rush you outwards away from the comfort of the hydrothermal vent. Water gets colder and colder, and when it finally drops you to the floor and subsides, the water is too cold for you to survive. Your body starts shutting down and losing energy. (2)
Status
Health: Freezing
Fitness: 24/27 (90%)
Maturity: 25%
Current Size: 4cm

Hoplites pretiosa

Status: CR
Timespan: R.75 - Present
Habitat: Deep Ocean
Distribution: Mid-Ocean Ridges
Niche: Benthic Filter-Feeder
Nutritional Value: 114
Size: 16.5cm (length - although this includes spines, the body itself is 8.5cm)
Predecessor: Veroina ericius
Classification: Veroinidae, Kardiaskulidea, Tubulosa
Latest Mutations: Tropical Tolerance = 4, Armoured Head = 5, Genders = 3
Info: Despite being the ‘tank of the abyss’ this species is not all that successful. It can only survive in the warmth of the water surrounding hydrothermal vents, and drifting away into the cold abyss would spell its doom. Even though its body is tailored to surviving warm water, it cannot inhabit tropical seas because most of the body is not protected from UV radiation and there is not enough microbial food to sustain Hoplites. It has strong armour on its head which cancels out its few weak points. Therefore, it is hardly ever predated upon, but it is even slower than before and more nutrional than expensive - another reason why it must remain near very productive hydrothermal vents. It is named after armoured soldiers of Ancient Greece.
Description: It has a tubular, pigmentless cylindrical body covered in long, toxic spines. The head is armoured with tough, heavy bone and covered in scutes like an armadillo’s armour. It even has bony eyelids that can be shut over the two large pinhole eyes on the top, and the one facing forwards. On each side of the body was four gills, as well as a gill frill. A protective layer of slimy, heat-proof scales covers the body, and gives off a strong smell. A simple gut, behind the pharynx, led through the body, which was circulated by a semi-open circulatory system; capillaries covered the muscles, which also had special vacuoles, but the rest of the organs were bathed in a chamber. The circulatory system was pumped by a tubular heart. A tiny brain and two nerve cords controlled the body. The body has vertebrae made of cartilage.

Previous Mutations

Previous Mutations: Extra-Efficient Muscles, Open Circulatory System, Tubular Heart, Web of Capillaries Over Muscles, Axochord, Notochord, Four Gill Slits, Two Gill Frills, Pharynx, Large Pinhole Eyes With Lenses (2 on top of head, one on front), Heat-Proof Scales, Cartilage Vertebrae, Toxic Spines, Olfaction

@agenttine
Petrocoilius rivieri (EN) - Male
OLIVER RIVER, TEMPERATE RIVER
There are no other animals in the little pond that you live in, so you leave it to find a mate. However, before you can leave the pond, some rocks fall down the side of the canyon and block the exit back to the river. You are trapped. The water has become cool, and the sun sets beyond the horizon. (2)
Status
Health: Healthy
Fitness: 213/125 (170%)
Maturity: 100%
Current Size: 20cm

Petrocoilius rivieri

Status: EN
Timespan: R.65 - Present
Habitat: Rivers, Lakes
Distribution: Temperate Rivers & Temperate, Shallow Lakes
Niche: Herbivore
Nutritional Value: 125
Size: 20cm
Predecessor: Thanostoma mediossium
Classification: Makouradae, Spinacheliforme, Caudara
Latest Mutations: Grinding Plants = 4, Genders = 5, Freshwater Tolerance = 4
Description: A long, tapering eel-like animal with a pair of venomous spikes at the end of the tail, it has bony vertebra and jaw, and cartilage in the tail. The jaw has mainly square vegetation-eating teeth, but also two venomous canines. An attachment to the side of the stomach has evolved, which is more muscular and helps to breakdown the plant matter that it ingests. Larger pieces can now be eaten and digested. This attachment is known as a gizzard, and requires the animal to swallow stones or grit to grind up the food. Furthermore, this species now has two genders, with the males and females each carrying only one type of germ cell. There are only half as many potential mates now, but the genetic diversity is greater. They live in freshwater, with the gills actually helping to increase salt intake, rather than to expel salt. Here, there is no competition and they are flourishing.
Previous Mutations: Extra-Efficient Muscles, Electroreceptors, Open Circulatory System, Axochord, Whip Tail, Three Gill Slits, Notochord, Cartilage Vertebrae, Digestive Carnivorous Bacteria, Two Poisonous Spikes on Tail, Dentine Teeth, Venomous Canines, Jaw, Two Swiveling Pinhole Eyes (1 on each side of head), Weak Digestive Enzymes, Square Teeth, Half Bony Body

@immortaldragon
Microstoma celerimercatorei (CR-)
OLIVER RIVER DELTA, TEMPERATE ESTUARY
You hatch out of your capsule and join the throng of plankton at the surface of the estuary. However, there is not a whole lot of phytoplankton food this time of year, and you dodge an incoming adult Icthyotelus, mindlessly filtering through the water. The water is cool and the sun sets beyond the horizon. (2)
Status
Health: Healthy
Fitness: 1.5/3 (50%)
Maturity: 5%
Current Size: 0.45cm

Microstoma celerimercatori

Status: CR-
Timespan: R.74 - Present
Habitat: Estuaries
Distribution: Oliver River Estuary
Niche: Pelagic Filter-Feeder
Nutritional Value: 50
Size: 9cm
Predecessor: Icthyotelus sinspica
Classification: Icthyotelusae, Spinacheliforme, Caudara
Latest Mutations: Tail Fins = 6, Eyesight = 2, Filter-Feeding Tool = 1
Info: This is an extremely rare species, inhabiting only one estuary delta, that of the Oliver River. They can only tolerate brackish water, and so their spread from evolution is severely limited. Furthermore, the estuary is still dominated by their predecessor, Icthyotelus sinspica. The only advantage for this species is their superior movement generated by their system of fins, which they need to find more food - they have a tiny mouth and so cannot filter as much in one go. This is a significant issue, especially considering they have a higher nutritional need than their competitors.
Description: It has a rather tubular, blue body, that tapers towards a small tail at the end. A continuous ribbon of fins runs along the top,and underside of the body, supported by cartilage struts, reaching a triangular caudal fin, in addition to the pectoral fins. On the length of the body is a line of electroreceptors, as well as a bundle of photoreceptors on the back - these, however, are useless as they are not connected to the nervous system and simply waste energy without providing any advantage. Also on the side of the body are three gills on each side. The mouth is much smaller than in other species. It has an open circulatory system and a very small brain controlling its nervous system and a stomach of carnivorous digestive bacteria.

Previous Mutations

Previous Mutations: Extra-Efficient Muscles, Electroreceptors, Open Circulatory System, Axochord, Three Gill Slits, Notochord, Cartilage Vertebrae, Digestive Carnivorous Bacteria, Two Poisonous Spikes on Tail (L), Oily Liver, Pectoral Fins, Brackish Water Tolerance

@soundwave
Soundwavia vorei (LC)
NORTH-WESTERN SHELF, TEMPERATE SHALLOW SEA
You hatch out in what appears to be a sandy plain of a shallow sea, and float to the surface, where you join the small amount of other plankton, including your siblings. However, the amount of plankton is quite minimal and there are not many other animals about. You cannot see anything but sand, a few rocks and the open sea, as the light gradually fades. The water has become cool and the sun sets over the horizon. (3 + 1)
Status:
Health: Healthy
Fitness: 5/7 (70%)
Maturity: 5%
Current Size: 0.95cm

Soundwavia vorei

Status: LC
Timespan: R.76 - Present
Habitat: Shallow Sea, Ocean Surface
Distribution: Temperate Northern Hemisphere
Niche: Apex Predator
Nutritional Value: 132
Size: 19cm
Predecessor: Thanostoma aquaprinceps
Classification: Makouradae, Spinacheliforme, Caudara
Latest Mutations: Swim Bladder = 4, Increase Size = 3, Flippers = 5
Info: Although it tends to live around shallow seas where prey is larger, this relatively efficient swimmer can also hunt at the surface of the open ocean. It is quicker, more agile and can control its buoyancy, being able to hunt down the most fleeting of prey. It has become the dominant predator in the entire northern hemisphere, driving Thanostoma aquaprinceps into extinction. It requires air at the surface to inflate its swim bladder.
Description: It has a blue, tapering body, lined with electroreceptors and three gills on each side, ending in a long whip-tail complete with venomous spikes. Two large pinhole eyes, that the animal is able to swivel slightly for increased range of sight, sit on the side of the head and it’s mouth is full of small teeth, with a pair of venomous fangs embedded in its cartilage jaw. Supported by rays of cartilage, it has a pair of pectoral flippers, as well as a dorsal fin on the back. An open circulatory system bathes the organs in hemacoel, and the body is controlled by ganglia. Down the back are cartilage vertebrae. In the gut, was a primitive stomach with the ability to digest multicellular matter. It has a swim bladder connected to the gut.
Previous Mutations: Extra-Efficient Muscles, Electroreceptors, Open Circulatory System, Axochord, Whip Tail, Three Gill Slits, Notochord, Cartilage Vertebrae, Digestive Carnivorous Bacteria, Two Poisonous Spikes on Tail, Dentine Teeth, Venomous Canines, Cup Eyes, Blue, Pinhole Eyes, Jaw

@blackink
Asteridermus luminaria (LC)
MANAURAI SEA, TROPICAL SEA
You try to feed on plankton, but there is not much in these warm waters. Instead, you turn to your siblings for food, but whilst you were searching for plankton, they’ve moved out of your area. The sun sets beyond the horizon, and you’re still very hungry. (3)
Status
Health: Healthy
Fitness: 0.6/2 (30%)
Maturity: 5%
Current Size: 0.35cm

Asteridermus luminaria

Status: LC
Timespan: R.59 - Present
Habitat: Deep Ocean, Continental Slope (Mid Ocean), Shallow Sea
Distribution: Under Temperate and Tropical Uteenessa Ocean, All Temperate and Tropical Seas
Niche: Apex Predator, Minor Predator
Nutritional Value: 44.1
Size: 7cm
Predecessor: Asteridermus gibbosi
Classification: Makryostusidae, Spinacheliforme, Caudara
Latest Mutations: Olfaction = 4, Temperature Tolerance = 6, Control Bioluminescence = 3
Description: This species very closely resembles its ancestor, owning a long tapering body with flashing bioluminescent lights, except it is now black. The other differences are much more difficult to spot; above the mouth, invisible to the naked eye are olfactory receptors, which provide a rudimentary way of tracking prey and mapping its surroundings. Electrolocation is still much more useful and precise. A development in the area of the brain allows Asteridermus luminaria to have more control over its bioluminescence. It can turn them on and off at will, but does so all at once with all of them. The spots cannot be controlled individually but as a group. Internally, this animal has adapted its body’s chemistry to cope with the temperatures of shallower water, including temperate and tropical seas. It is therefore much more widespread then it’s predecessor, and slightly more successful. It would live in tropical seas too, except there is no sustainable food source there for this species.
Previous Mutations: Extra-Efficient Muscles, Electroreceptors, Open Circulatory System, Axochord, Tail, Three Gill Slits, Notochord, Cartilage Vertebrae, Digestive Carnivorous Bacteria, Two Poisonous Spikes on Tail, Dentine Teeth, Cup Eyes, Jaw, Fins (two vertical near head), Hump, Bioluminescent Lights

@Biologicah
Roharasra wotupiowui (CR)
MANAURAI SEA, TEMPERATE SHALLOW SEA
Once again, your search for a mate proves to be fruitless, as Roharasra continue to be difficult to find. The sea is not empty though, as a lot of Thanostoma and their relatives swim over head and you just try not to call attention to the predatory ones. Furthermore, you feel your energy become drained as an infection takes root in the old cut on your underside. The water has become warm but the sun is setting beyond the horizon. (2)
Status
Health: Faint scratch on underside
Fitness: 8/28 (30%)
Maturity: 100%
Current Size: 5cm

Roharasra wotupiowui

Status: CR
Timespan: R.67 - Present
Habitat: Shallow Sea
Distribution: Temperate Seas of the Southern Hemisphere
Niche: Minor Predator
Nutritional Value: 28
Size: 5cm
Predecessor: Codowecoi koalazk
Classification: Roharasrae, Codowecoidea, Aquamusculida
Latest Mutations: Exoskeleton = 4, Improve Muscles = 4, Limbs = 2
Info: In the shallow temperate seas, where predation is highest, the first animals with an exoskeleton, although partial, appeared. They are more protected and suffer less from predation than their cousins. However, the exoskeleton does not work well with movement; it has slowed the worm down greatly, as movement by hydrostatic skeleton is now a struggle. Mainly, this species chooses to move in spurts, using water propulsion to dash quickly over short distances to kill their prey, typically Almoskulus. Overall, they are a much smaller population than even their own ancestors.
Description: The top of the blue, cylindrical body is protected by a tough exoskeleton made out of chitin. Underneath the armour, the animal has a hydrostatic skeleton composed of strong, longitudinal muscles, which seem to be slightly more powerful than those of its predecessors. At the front, the characteristic sharp beak protrudes from a proboscis. There are four pinhole eyes, but none of them look up; two are at the front, and two are on the sides. A muscular siphon at the rear propels out water. Inside their body, they have a simple gut leading to an anus, a stomach containing digestive carnivorous bacteria, a nerve network and small bunch of ganglia, and an open circulatory system filled with blue-green hemacoel. Anti-freeze proteins flow through the hemacoel.
Previous Mutations: Bitter Chemicals, Chemoreceptors, Proboscis, Hydrostatic Muscle Fins (2 vertical near centre of body) (D), Sharp Beak, Digestive Carnivorous Enzymes, Bigger, Blue Pigmentation, Open Circulatory System, Glittery Scales (D), Anti-Freeze Proteins, Water Propulsion, Cup Eyes, Hydrostatic Skeleton, Pinhole Eyes

@svrangite
Thalakelphus svrangitensis (VU)
UTEENSESSA OCEAN, NORTHERN, MID OCEAN
You hatch out of your capsule and find yourself on a large, almost flat platform - a seamount - surrounded on all sides by completely open ocean. The seamount is populated with Glistroskulus, floating Pictolexipotus and a handful of other Thalakelphus. However, the light is very dim and you cannot see very far. Currents slide up the side of the seamount and increase the amount of marine snow reaching you. You feed on some of the arriving microbial matter marine snow. The water is cool and the dim light fades completely. (5)
Status
Health: Healthy
Fitness: 29/23 (130%)
Maturity: 35%
Current Size: 3cm

Thalakelphus svrangitensis

Status: VU
Timespan: R.76 - Present
Habitat: Mid Ocean
Distribution: Under Temperate and Tropical Uteenessa Ocean, Below the thermocline - 800m below sea level
Niche: Pelagic Filter-Feeder
Nutritional Value: 66
Size: 8.5cm
Predecessor: Kapnosta erimitus
Classification: Kardiaskulidae, Kardiaskulidea, Tubulosa
Latest Mutations: Hyponome = 6, Shell = 5, Hearing = 4
Info: This species looks a bit like a straightened nautilus. It generally floats around the twilight zone of ocean, pulling in marine snow with its tentacles. In the faint light, it often uses hearing to detect incoming predators, and then boosts away with its hyponome. However, such food must be stretched to be sufficient to sustain such a complex animal. Furthermore, it only lives between the bottom of the thermocline, at its highest 250m below sea level - because it’s not adapted to surface life - and 8,000m below the surface - because any lower and it’s buoyant shell will implode with pressure. In this zone, though, it is quite successful.
Description: It has a smooth, straight shell made of calcium carbonate with several medium-length tentacles sticking out the front. On the face is a couple areas where minuscule cilia which act as mechanoreceptors, picking up underwater noises and inputting this information into the nerve network. On the head that just protrudes from the rest of the shell, two large pinhole eyes with lenses face upwards, while another one faces forwards above the circular, toothless mouth. The skin that is uncovered is layered with heat-proof scales. At the rear, a muscular hyponome drags in water and uses it to propel itself quickly. This tube leads into the siphuncle, which manages water content inside the shell, creating buoyancy. This also delivers water to the gills and gill frills inside the shell. A simple gut, behind the pharynx, leads through the body, which is circulated by a semi-open circulatory system; capillaries cover the muscles, which also have special vacuoles, but the rest of the organs were bathed in a chamber. The circulatory system is pumped by a tubular heart. A tiny brain and two nerve cords control the body. The body has vertebrae made of cartilage.
Previous Mutations: Extra-Efficient Muscles, Open Circulatory System, Tubular Heart, Web of Capillaries Over Muscles, Axochord, Notochord, Four Gill Slits, Two Gill Frills, Pharynx, Large Pinhole Eyes With Lenses (2 on top of head, one on front), Heat-Proof Scales, Cartilage Vertebrae, Calcium Carbonate Shell, Heat Resistance, Tentacles

@jellyfishmon
Esoteramalimnus latacorpus (VU) - Male
MANAURAI SEA, TEMPERATE SHALLOW SEA
You hatch out into a shallow sea, and although it is quite empty of animal life at the moment, it is blessed with vegetation all over rocks and rocky columns in the sea. Your egg is right next to a thriving patch of seamoss, and so you immediately start eating the vegetation, as your siblings gather around. The water is warm but the sun sets beyond the horizon. Before the light faded, you could just make out the coastal cliff at the edge of your vision. (5)
Status
Health: Healthy
Fitness: 12/13 (90%)
Maturity: 10%
Current Size: 2.2cm

Esoteramalimnus latacorpus

Status: VU
Timespan: R.76 - Present
Habitat: Shallow Sea
Distribution: Temperate Southern Hemisphere
Niche: Herbivore
Nutritional Value: 133
Size: 22cm
Predecessor: Thanostoma amniotus
Classification: Makouradae, Spinacheliforme, Caudara
Latest Mutations: Swim Bladder = 4, Intelligence = 6, Closed Circulatory System = 1, Fat Storage = 5
Info: A biological mystery, unlike all its relatives, it does not have an open circulatory system but has a pool of hemacoel containing the inside of its body. This is very inefficient, as the oxygen dissolves rather slowly to where it is needed and this results in much weaker stamina. It cannot outrun its predators and is forced to fight them off. However, it can float indefinitely, so it can escape Thanostoma rex which can’t, but there are smaller Thanostoma with the same ability. It can go for longer without food than its cousins, as it has increased fat storage, giving this species its wide shape. Esoteralimnus often gather in loose, uncoordinated groups for safety in numbers and lay their eggs close to seaweed or seamoss. The young are very skittish and flee at the slightest disturbances. It’s name means ‘inner blood lake’ referring to its unique circulatory system.
Description: The long, blue, tapering body becomes quite wide around the middle due to a layer of fat. It is supported by vertebrae of bone, although the whip-tail at the end is composed of flexible cartilage. Along the body are three gill slits and a line of electroreceptors. There are no limbs. The head has a cartilage jaw, with a pair of venomous canines surrounded by square shaped teeth. On each side of the head is a pinhole eye, with the ability to swivel around. At the end of the tail, two venomous spikes stick out. A gut leads to a stomach containing weak digestive herbivorous bacteria which can only break down small bits of plant matter. Connected to the gut is a swim bladder. The muscles contain special vacuoles for storing extra energy. The entire inner body is nourished by a pool of hemacoel, which is not pumped around but allowed to dissolve slowly into organs. The nervous system is controlled by a fairly small brain, which is believed to have a very small memory sector, for recognition of predatory species.
Behaviours:

  1. Skittish.
  2. At 50% maturity, they switch from skittish to normal.
  3. When reproducing, lay eggs near vegetation.
  4. Gravitate towards each other.
  5. Recognise predators faster.
    Previous Mutations: Extra-Efficient Muscles, Electroreceptors, Open Circulatory System, Axochord, Whip Tail, Three Gill Slits, Notochord, Cartilage Vertebrae, Digestive Carnivorous Bacteria, Two Poisonous Spikes on Tail, Dentine Teeth, Venomous Canines, Jaw, Two Swiveling Pinhole Eyes (1 on each side of head), Digestive Enzymes, Plant-Eating Teeth, Bone Vertebrae, Genders, Eggs

@PositiveTower
Archaiapasaria westenrai (LC) - Male
OLIVER RIVER, TEMPERATE RIVER
You head back out into the open river, and several plants braving the Autumn along the side - there is much less competition though from other herbivores since the summer heatwave wiped many of them out. You therefore eat very well. The water is cool and the sun sets beyond the horizon. (6 + 1 = You have a bonus +1 or -1 to use on any player next round, including yourself)
Status
Health: Healthy
Fitness: 10/13 (80%)
Maturity: 15%
Current Size: 1.8cm

Archaiapasaria westenrai

Status: LC
Timespan: R.71 - Present
Habitat: Rivers, Lakes
Distribution: Temperate Northern Hemisphere
Niche: Herbivore
Nutritional Value: 84.6
Size: 12cm
Predecessor: Petrocoilius rivieri
Classification: Archaiapasaria, Spinacheliforme, Caudara
Latest Mutations: Lobe Fins = 3, Tail Fins = 4, Fish Shape = 5, Swim Bladder = 4
Info: This Eztan animal is the first to be recognisable as being similar to a fish; the only thing that is really preventing this distinction is that it lacks pectoral fins. It is much more suited to swimming about than its relatives, which had to return to the seafloor to rest, and it’s efficient shape and tail fins make it much faster too. It is very common in the temperate rivers and lakes of the northern hemisphere. It feeds by sieving surface algae from the water as a filter-feeder, but it can also eat local seamosses growing below the surface. In the loss of it’s long tail, this species has become shorter than its predecessors but it is has a similar overall mass owing to its broader shape. Furthermore, the stiffer, albeit more powerful, bodily movements of the tail that propel the animal through the water, reduce the effectiveness of wielding tail spikes.
Description: It has a stout, orange and red, stream-lined body, like the shape of a fish and a short tail with a tail fin above and below the tail. These are shaped like horizontal semi-circles and together make a circle; they are supported by rays of cartilage. Two poisonous spikes protrude to the side of the tail. The front of the body has a cartilage jaw, and within in it several square teeth. It retains two venomous fangs in the roof of the mouth. On each side of the head is a lens-covered pinhole eye, with muscle that allows them to swivel. Three gills mark the body, which is also lined with unseeable electroreceptors. The mouth leads to a primitive gut and stomach, with weak herbivorous bacteria. The food is ground up in a gizzard first. Centrally located is a sac of gas called a swim bladder, and supporting the body are vertebrae made of bone. Also supporting the body are muscles with special vacuoles and an open circulatory system.

Previous Mutations

Extra-Efficient Muscles, Electroreceptors, Open Circulatory System, Axochord (L), Whip Tail (L), Three Gill Slits, Notochord (L), Cartilage Vertebrae (L), Digestive Carnivorous Bacteria (L), Two Poisonous Spikes on Tail, Dentine Teeth, Venomous Canines, Jaw, Two Swiveling Pinhole Eyes (1 on each side of head), Weak Digestive Enzymes, Square Teeth, Bone Vertebrae, Gizzard, Genders, Freshwater Tolerance

@louix
Almoskulus caecorum (VU)
MANAURAI SEA, TEMPERATE SHALLOW SEA
Suddenly the water becomes full of phytoplankton and other life, and some food falls to your position on the floor. You eat very well, without having to move much. The water is warm but the sun sets beyond the horizon. (6)
Status
Health: Healthy
Fitness: 1/1.3 (70%)
Maturity: 11%
Current Size: 0.25cm

Almoskulus caecorum

Status: NT
Timespan: R.57 - Present
Habitat: Continental Slope (Mid Ocean), Shallow Sea
Distribution: Uteenessa Ocean, up to 1000m below sea level, All Temperate & Polar Seas
Niche: Benthic Filter-Feeder
Nutritional Value: 11.8
Size: 2.3cm
Predecessor: Argoskulus rubrumi
Classification: Almoskulusidae, Squickidea, Tubulosa
Latest Mutations: Eyes = 6, Fins = 5, Defense = 1
Description: Blank, white eyeballs hang off the edge of short, protruding eyestalks that stick out straight to the sides of the head. These are the most complex eyes on Ezta. This gives them much increased coverage in terms of sight, and can see pretty much all around them, although it comes at a fairly hefty nutritional price. In order to have eyes on stalks, Almoskulus caecorum evolved a white sclera to contain the compartments of the eye, and a vitreous humour to hold its shape. There eyes are blank looking because they have no iris or pupil to control the amount of the light that reaches them. Another adaptation of this animal is the emergence of a pair of pectoral fins, close to the head. This do not aid in swimming much, but rather can be used to walk quicker across the seafloor, where the spend most of their time. They also position the head upwards and improve filtration a little. This fins are short but sturdy and curve underneath the tubular body, which varies between red and transparent. In a pinch, these fins can be used to spring upwards and utilise their membranes to glide. To avoid predators is even more crucial for this species, because their skin is especially weak and easy to cut. They thrive best on upper continental slopes, where light still reaches, but also are found commonly in open, relatively deep areas of shallow temperate and polar seas. Below the light level, their eyes becomes useless, and their weakness has no defence.
Previous Mutations: Muscles, Fleshy Membrane (along back and underside), Chemoreceptors, Basic Instincts, Three Gill Slits, Yellow Pigmentation, Dentine Teeth, Open Circulatory System, Pinhole Eye With Lens (one on top of head), Notochord, Anti-freeze Proteins, Slow Reactions, Red-Transparent Colour Shifting, Small Tentacles


(The Third Duke of Silly) #510

Action hunt


(Ṁ̴͙͔͒u̴͐͛̓͠ͅś̴̛̮̰̖̑͆͠i̵͚̤̥̝̬̎͋̊c̸̨̛̦̱̯̽̋͛̍ M̴a̸͙̬̐͌̈̄͌ń̸̯̉̃̌̕ ) #511

Action: Drift around the seamount, feeding on the marine snow.


(Radical Revolutionary) #512

Eat somemore and use the +1 on myself


(Sound) #513

Action: Look for a deeper location


(Uncertain Agent) #514

Damn you random rock collapses!
Action: Wait until it rains and get out in order to mate.


(ፕቿክፕልርረቿ ረዐዪዕ) #515

thanks stealth for the round
its too bad I got a 1 on that circulatory system but the rest were pretty good
Action: eat everything!


(Immortal Dragon) #516

Thanks for the new round Stealth. :smiley:

Action: Search for food as fast as I can.


(Louix) #517

Thanks for the round !

Action : Eat !


#518

get back to the hydrothermic vent


#519

How am i suppossed to practice cannibalism if my sibling run off?
Action: Use my nose to search remains of a corpse, i can eat it from it i guess


(Stealth) #520

Round 77

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Eztan Extant Ecosystems (The Current World): https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ramXIxwYwggWj1bVH3zmZT-tlZSbQvW4PUZAEiVWYB8
Book of the Dead (Prehistoric History): https://docs.google.com/document/d/1JOwzI4ZHorn8nrqEr62v2_uXXlbs7qSCudHc476qLMY

~19.25 million years into the Atroxian~
Fressian Stage
Season: Northern Winter, Southern Summer
Time of Day: Midnight (W), Midday (E)
Event - 5 (Major Event)

Global Climate: A slow rise in oxygen and decrease in carbon dioxide has caused the average global temperature to drop to a quite cool 15 degrees. The climate is quite seasonal, and less wet than previous prehistoric stages. Sea levels are now slightly low, but there are still no glacial ice caps, as there is no land right in the poles. However, many deserts stretch across the continent of Uteeno, as they are too far from the coast to recover rain.

Far beneath the ocean surface, close to the Manaurai Sea in the southern hemisphere, an earthquake rocks the seabed, and some of it is is pushed up, displacing lots of water. This water rippled at the surface and spread out from the epicentre and headed towards the shallow sea.

An incident has arisen in the fairly empty tropical seas. Previously, the only Bilaterate predator was Asteridermus luminaria, which scraped by on the Charitomenchelus tropicae (previously Achmachelus, but it has been decided that these are different genus) it could get, which was not often as they could swim indefinitely, unlike Asteridermus. But Thanostoma has eventually spread into the tropics, with a small population. Both of these predators preyed on the Charitomenchelus until the shallow sea populations were nonexistent; Thanostoma tropicae could hunt in the open ocean but Asteridermus could not, and their populations starved. Charitomenchelus has returned to shallow seas, and Thanostoma with it, but Asteridermus is now solely a deep-water species. In other news, Almoskulus caecorum has been driven to the edge of extinction by its superior descendant, Almoskulus normacutis and plenty of new animals have arisen to takeover new niches.


@RoboTrannic
Hoplites pretiosa (CR)
UTEENESSA OCEAN, NORTH-WEST, DEEP OCEAN
Fortunately, as the deep sea storm subsides, a smaller counter current picks you up and takes you back where you came from with minimal effort, close to a pair of towering hydrothermal vents on the mid-ocean ridge and the hot water that you require for survival. On your way, you even manage to filter some microbes from the water and get some nourishment back. You are dropped back on the floor and you body starts to work again now that you are back in the heat. All you can really smell is the chemicals from the vents. (6)
Status
Health: Freezing
Fitness: 44/40 (110%)
Maturity: 35%
Current Size: 5.8cm

Hoplites pretiosa

Status: CR
Timespan: R.75 - Present
Habitat: Deep Ocean
Distribution: Mid-Ocean Ridges
Niche: Benthic Filter-Feeder
Nutritional Value: 114
Size: 16.5cm (length - although this includes spines, the body itself is 8.5cm)
Predecessor: Veroina ericius
Classification: Veroinidae, Kardiaskulidea, Tubulosa
Latest Mutations: Tropical Tolerance = 4, Armoured Head = 5, Genders = 3
Info: Despite being the ‘tank of the abyss’ this species is not all that successful. It can only survive in the warmth of the water surrounding hydrothermal vents, and drifting away into the cold abyss would spell its doom. Even though its body is tailored to surviving warm water, it cannot inhabit tropical seas because most of the body is not protected from UV radiation and there is not enough microbial food to sustain Hoplites. It has strong armour on its head which cancels out its few weak points. Therefore, it is hardly ever predated upon, but it is even slower than before and more nutrional than expensive - another reason why it must remain near very productive hydrothermal vents. It is named after armoured soldiers of Ancient Greece.
Description: It has a tubular, pigmentless cylindrical body covered in long, toxic spines. The head is armoured with tough, heavy bone and covered in scutes like an armadillo’s armour. It even has bony eyelids that can be shut over the two large pinhole eyes on the top, and the one facing forwards. On each side of the body was four gills, as well as a gill frill. A protective layer of slimy, heat-proof scales covers the body, and gives off a strong smell. A simple gut, behind the pharynx, led through the body, which was circulated by a semi-open circulatory system; capillaries covered the muscles, which also had special vacuoles, but the rest of the organs were bathed in a chamber. The circulatory system was pumped by a tubular heart. A tiny brain and two nerve cords controlled the body. The body has vertebrae made of cartilage.

Previous Mutations

Previous Mutations: Extra-Efficient Muscles, Open Circulatory System, Tubular Heart, Web of Capillaries Over Muscles, Axochord, Notochord, Four Gill Slits, Two Gill Frills, Pharynx, Large Pinhole Eyes With Lenses (2 on top of head, one on front), Heat-Proof Scales, Cartilage Vertebrae, Toxic Spines, Olfaction

@agenttine
Petrocoilius rivieri (EN) - Male
OLIVER RIVER, TEMPERATE RIVER
Trapped in your little pond by a rockfall, there is seemingly no escape and you circle fruitlessly in the dark. Unfortunately, it does not rain and the chilly area remains quite dry. Furthermore, the last of your food has withered away without strong sunlight. Hints of the sun rise above the horizon. (1 + 1)
Status
Health: Healthy
Fitness: 181/125 (145%)
Maturity: 100%
Current Size: 20cm

Petrocoilius rivieri

Status: EN
Timespan: R.65 - Present
Habitat: Rivers, Lakes
Distribution: Temperate Rivers & Temperate, Shallow Lakes
Niche: Herbivore
Nutritional Value: 125
Size: 20cm
Predecessor: Thanostoma mediossium
Classification: Makouradae, Spinacheliforme, Caudara
Latest Mutations: Grinding Plants = 4, Genders = 5, Freshwater Tolerance = 4
Description: A long, tapering eel-like animal with a pair of venomous spikes at the end of the tail, it has bony vertebra and jaw, and cartilage in the tail. The jaw has mainly square vegetation-eating teeth, but also two venomous canines. An attachment to the side of the stomach has evolved, which is more muscular and helps to breakdown the plant matter that it ingests. Larger pieces can now be eaten and digested. This attachment is known as a gizzard, and requires the animal to swallow stones or grit to grind up the food. Furthermore, this species now has two genders, with the males and females each carrying only one type of germ cell. There are only half as many potential mates now, but the genetic diversity is greater. They live in freshwater, with the gills actually helping to increase salt intake, rather than to expel salt. Here, there is no competition and they are flourishing.
Previous Mutations: Extra-Efficient Muscles, Electroreceptors, Open Circulatory System, Axochord, Whip Tail, Three Gill Slits, Notochord, Cartilage Vertebrae, Digestive Carnivorous Bacteria, Two Poisonous Spikes on Tail, Dentine Teeth, Venomous Canines, Jaw, Two Swiveling Pinhole Eyes (1 on each side of head), Weak Digestive Enzymes, Square Teeth, Half Bony Body

@immortaldragon
Microstoma celerimercatorei (CR-)
OLIVER RIVER DELTA, TEMPERATE ESTUARY
With your small size, you are able to fit into extremely shallow areas only opened up by the high tide, which are lacking in competition and ripe for the plundering, compared with the busy open channel that you can detect. Also, the tidal current pulls you here and, as plankton you have little choice but to go with it - luckily, this saves you energy. You eat to your maximum potential but this potential is limited by the small mouth. (6)
Status
Health: Healthy
Fitness: 2/3 (60%)
Maturity: 5%
Current Size: 0.45cm

Microstoma celerimercatori

Status: CR-
Timespan: R.74 - Present
Habitat: Estuaries
Distribution: Oliver River Estuary
Niche: Pelagic Filter-Feeder
Nutritional Value: 50
Size: 9cm
Predecessor: Icthyotelus sinspica
Classification: Icthyotelusae, Spinacheliforme, Caudara
Latest Mutations: Tail Fins = 6, Eyesight = 2, Filter-Feeding Tool = 1
Info: This is an extremely rare species, inhabiting only one estuary delta, that of the Oliver River. They can only tolerate brackish water, and so their spread from evolution is severely limited. Furthermore, the estuary is still dominated by their predecessor, Icthyotelus sinspica. The only advantage for this species is their superior movement generated by their system of fins, which they need to find more food - they have a tiny mouth and so cannot filter as much in one go. This is a significant issue, especially considering they have a higher nutritional need than their competitors.
Description: It has a rather tubular, blue body, that tapers towards a small tail at the end. A continuous ribbon of fins runs along the top,and underside of the body, supported by cartilage struts, reaching a triangular caudal fin, in addition to the pectoral fins. On the length of the body is a line of electroreceptors, as well as a bundle of photoreceptors on the back - these, however, are useless as they are not connected to the nervous system and simply waste energy without providing any advantage. Also on the side of the body are three gills on each side. The mouth is much smaller than in other species. It has an open circulatory system and a very small brain controlling its nervous system and a stomach of carnivorous digestive bacteria.

Previous Mutations

Previous Mutations: Extra-Efficient Muscles, Electroreceptors, Open Circulatory System, Axochord, Three Gill Slits, Notochord, Cartilage Vertebrae, Digestive Carnivorous Bacteria, Two Poisonous Spikes on Tail (L), Oily Liver, Pectoral Fins, Brackish Water Tolerance

@soundwave
Soundwavia vorei (LC)
NORTH-WESTERN SHELF, TEMPERATE SHALLOW SEA
It’s very dark and there is no moon so the water it is virtually pitch black. This confuses you, especially as you have no equipment for tracking whether you are heading down, up or sideways. Despite trying to head down, you end up not going far at all, and remain in the sparse plankton at the surface. You have not yet fed, and are getting hungry. Hints of the sun rise from the horizon. (2 + 1)
Status:
Health: Healthy
Fitness: 2/7 (30%)
Maturity: 5%
Current Size: 0.95cm

Soundwavia vorei

Status: LC
Timespan: R.76 - Present
Habitat: Shallow Sea, Ocean Surface
Distribution: Temperate Northern Hemisphere
Niche: Apex Predator
Nutritional Value: 132
Size: 19cm
Predecessor: Thanostoma aquaprinceps
Classification: Makouradae, Spinacheliforme, Caudara
Latest Mutations: Swim Bladder = 4, Increase Size = 3, Flippers = 5
Info: Although it tends to live around shallow seas where prey is larger, this relatively efficient swimmer can also hunt at the surface of the open ocean. It is quicker, more agile and can control its buoyancy, being able to hunt down the most fleeting of prey. It has become the dominant predator in the entire northern hemisphere, driving Thanostoma aquaprinceps into extinction. It requires air at the surface to inflate its swim bladder.
Description: It has a blue, tapering body, lined with electroreceptors and three gills on each side, ending in a long whip-tail complete with venomous spikes. Two large pinhole eyes, that the animal is able to swivel slightly for increased range of sight, sit on the side of the head and it’s mouth is full of small teeth, with a pair of venomous fangs embedded in its cartilage jaw. Supported by rays of cartilage, it has a pair of pectoral flippers, as well as a dorsal fin on the back. An open circulatory system bathes the organs in hemacoel, and the body is controlled by ganglia. Down the back are cartilage vertebrae. In the gut, was a primitive stomach with the ability to digest multicellular matter. It has a swim bladder connected to the gut.
Previous Mutations: Extra-Efficient Muscles, Electroreceptors, Open Circulatory System, Axochord, Whip Tail, Three Gill Slits, Notochord, Cartilage Vertebrae, Digestive Carnivorous Bacteria, Two Poisonous Spikes on Tail, Dentine Teeth, Venomous Canines, Cup Eyes, Blue, Pinhole Eyes, Jaw

@blackink
Asteridermus luminaria (NT)
MANAURAI SEA, TROPICAL SEA
You patrol around your patch of sand in the warm, tropical water but few smells of interest are reaching you; animal numbers seem to be steadily decreasing around here. Finally, you detect the smell of an animal, although you cannot see it in the pitch black. You wait for it to get closer, as your sense of smell is not particularly directionally accurate. You soon detect it on your electroreceptors, and it’s one you don’t recognise. It is bigger than you, and has a long shape with a pair of spikes on its tail. It’s heading towards you. However, your energy is fading, and you start to lose consciousness. By the time this new species arrives on your spot, there is nothing but a corpse. (2 - Unlucky. Your species still exists so just wait to respawn.)
Status
Health: Dead
Fitness: 0%
Maturity: 5%
Current Size: 0.35cm

Asteridermus luminaria

Status: LC
Timespan: R.59 - Present
Habitat: Deep Ocean, Continental Slope (Mid Ocean)
Distribution: Under Temperate and Tropical Uteenessa Ocean
Niche: Minor Predator
Nutritional Value: 44.1
Size: 7cm
Predecessor: Asteridermus gibbosi
Classification: Makryostusidae, Spinacheliforme, Caudara
Latest Mutations: Olfaction = 4, Temperature Tolerance = 6, Control Bioluminescence = 3
Description: This species very closely resembles its ancestor, owning a long tapering body with flashing bioluminescent lights, except it is now black. The other differences are much more difficult to spot; above the mouth, invisible to the naked eye are olfactory receptors, which provide a rudimentary way of tracking prey and mapping its surroundings. Electrolocation is still much more useful and precise. A development in the area of the brain allows Asteridermus luminaria to have more control over its bioluminescence. It can turn them on and off at will, but does so all at once with all of them. The spots cannot be controlled individually but as a group. Internally, this animal has adapted its body’s chemistry to cope with the temperatures of shallower water, including temperate and tropical seas. It is therefore much more widespread then it’s predecessor, and slightly more successful. It would live in tropical seas too, except there is no sustainable food source there for this species.
Previous Mutations: Extra-Efficient Muscles, Electroreceptors, Open Circulatory System, Axochord, Tail, Three Gill Slits, Notochord, Cartilage Vertebrae, Digestive Carnivorous Bacteria, Two Poisonous Spikes on Tail, Dentine Teeth, Cup Eyes, Jaw, Fins (two vertical near head), Hump, Bioluminescent Lights

@Biologicah
Roharasra wotupiowui (EX)
MANAURAI SEA, TEMPERATE SHALLOW SEA
Darkness falls over your eyes, and with few other, and weak, senses you are left poking about in the absence of light. It is difficult to find anything, and you eventually starve to death, never seeing sunlight again. (3 - Unlucky. Unfortunately, your species has gone extinct. Please choose another to play as.)
Status
Health: Dead
Fitness: 0%
Maturity: 100%
Current Size: 5cm

Roharasra wotupiowui

Status: EX
Timespan: R.67 - Present
Habitat: Shallow Sea
Distribution: Temperate Seas of the Southern Hemisphere
Niche: Minor Predator
Nutritional Value: 28
Size: 5cm
Predecessor: Codowecoi koalazk
Classification: Roharasrae, Codowecoidea, Aquamusculida
Latest Mutations: Exoskeleton = 4, Improve Muscles = 4, Limbs = 2
Info: In the shallow temperate seas, where predation is highest, the first animals with an exoskeleton, although partial, appeared. They are more protected and suffer less from predation than their cousins. However, the exoskeleton does not work well with movement; it has slowed the worm down greatly, as movement by hydrostatic skeleton is now a struggle. Mainly, this species chooses to move in spurts, using water propulsion to dash quickly over short distances to kill their prey, typically Almoskulus. Overall, they are a much smaller population than even their own ancestors.
Description: The top of the blue, cylindrical body is protected by a tough exoskeleton made out of chitin. Underneath the armour, the animal has a hydrostatic skeleton composed of strong, longitudinal muscles, which seem to be slightly more powerful than those of its predecessors. At the front, the characteristic sharp beak protrudes from a proboscis. There are four pinhole eyes, but none of them look up; two are at the front, and two are on the sides. A muscular siphon at the rear propels out water. Inside their body, they have a simple gut leading to an anus, a stomach containing digestive carnivorous bacteria, a nerve network and small bunch of ganglia, and an open circulatory system filled with blue-green hemacoel. Anti-freeze proteins flow through the hemacoel.
Previous Mutations: Bitter Chemicals, Chemoreceptors, Proboscis, Hydrostatic Muscle Fins (2 vertical near centre of body) (D), Sharp Beak, Digestive Carnivorous Enzymes, Bigger, Blue Pigmentation, Open Circulatory System, Glittery Scales (D), Anti-Freeze Proteins, Water Propulsion, Cup Eyes, Hydrostatic Skeleton, Pinhole Eyes

@svrangite
Thalakelphus svrangitensis (VU)
UTEENSESSA OCEAN, NORTHERN, MID OCEAN
You can see nothing and are left to drift senselessly around the top of the seamount. It continues to push up plenty of marine snow, that flutters into your path as you slowly drift around. You grow quickly on this supply of food. (4 + 1)
Status
Health: Healthy
Fitness: 83/55 (150%)
Maturity: 85%
Current Size: 7cm

Thalakelphus svrangitensis

Status: VU
Timespan: R.76 - Present
Habitat: Mid Ocean
Distribution: Under Temperate and Tropical Uteenessa Ocean, Below the thermocline - 800m below sea level
Niche: Pelagic Filter-Feeder
Nutritional Value: 66
Size: 8.5cm
Predecessor: Kapnosta erimitus
Classification: Kardiaskulidae, Kardiaskulidea, Tubulosa
Latest Mutations: Hyponome = 6, Shell = 5, Hearing = 4
Info: This species looks a bit like a straightened nautilus. It generally floats around the twilight zone of ocean, pulling in marine snow with its tentacles. In the faint light, it often uses hearing to detect incoming predators, and then boosts away with its hyponome. However, such food must be stretched to be sufficient to sustain such a complex animal. Furthermore, it only lives between the bottom of the thermocline, at its highest 250m below sea level - because it’s not adapted to surface life - and 8,000m below the surface - because any lower and it’s buoyant shell will implode with pressure. In this zone, though, it is quite successful.
Description: It has a smooth, straight shell made of calcium carbonate with several medium-length tentacles sticking out the front. On the face is a couple areas where minuscule cilia which act as mechanoreceptors, picking up underwater noises and inputting this information into the nerve network. On the head that just protrudes from the rest of the shell, two large pinhole eyes with lenses face upwards, while another one faces forwards above the circular, toothless mouth. The skin that is uncovered is layered with heat-proof scales. At the rear, a muscular hyponome drags in water and uses it to propel itself quickly. This tube leads into the siphuncle, which manages water content inside the shell, creating buoyancy. This also delivers water to the gills and gill frills inside the shell. A simple gut, behind the pharynx, leads through the body, which is circulated by a semi-open circulatory system; capillaries cover the muscles, which also have special vacuoles, but the rest of the organs were bathed in a chamber. The circulatory system is pumped by a tubular heart. A tiny brain and two nerve cords control the body. The body has vertebrae made of cartilage.
Previous Mutations: Extra-Efficient Muscles, Open Circulatory System, Tubular Heart, Web of Capillaries Over Muscles, Axochord, Notochord, Four Gill Slits, Two Gill Frills, Pharynx, Large Pinhole Eyes With Lenses (2 on top of head, one on front), Heat-Proof Scales, Cartilage Vertebrae, Calcium Carbonate Shell, Heat Resistance, Tentacles

@jellyfishmon
Esoteramalimnus latacorpus (NT) - Male
MANAURAI SEA, TEMPERATE SHALLOW SEA
In the pitch black, you cautiously seek out more seamoss to feed on, and head between rocks. But before you get there, you sense something large descending through the dark towards you via electroreception. Uncertain of what it is, you try to swim away as fast as you can and your small group scatters in panic. It intercepts you; tentacles wrap around you as you both crash into the sandy floor. Simultaneously, the water far above starts to become more chaotic but hints of the sun rises above the horizon. (1)
Status
Health: Healthy
Fitness: 8/13 (50%)
Maturity: 10%
Current Size: 2.2cm

Esoteramalimnus latacorpus

Status: VU
Timespan: R.76 - Present
Habitat: Shallow Sea
Distribution: Temperate Southern Hemisphere
Niche: Herbivore
Nutritional Value: 133
Size: 22cm
Predecessor: Thanostoma amniotus
Classification: Makouradae, Spinacheliforme, Caudara
Latest Mutations: Swim Bladder = 4, Intelligence = 6, Closed Circulatory System = 1, Fat Storage = 5
Info: A biological mystery, unlike all its relatives, it does not have an open circulatory system but has a pool of hemacoel containing the inside of its body. This is very inefficient, as the oxygen dissolves rather slowly to where it is needed and this results in much weaker stamina. It cannot outrun its predators and is forced to fight them off. However, it can float indefinitely, so it can escape Thanostoma rex which can’t, but there are smaller Thanostoma with the same ability. It can go for longer without food than its cousins, as it has increased fat storage, giving this species its wide shape. Esoteralimnus often gather in loose, uncoordinated groups for safety in numbers and lay their eggs close to seaweed or seamoss. The young are very skittish and flee at the slightest disturbances. It’s name means ‘inner blood lake’ referring to its unique circulatory system.
Description: The long, blue, tapering body becomes quite wide around the middle due to a layer of fat. It is supported by vertebrae of bone, although the whip-tail at the end is composed of flexible cartilage. Along the body are three gill slits and a line of electroreceptors. There are no limbs. The head has a cartilage jaw, with a pair of venomous canines surrounded by square shaped teeth. On each side of the head is a pinhole eye, with the ability to swivel around. At the end of the tail, two venomous spikes stick out. A gut leads to a stomach containing weak digestive herbivorous bacteria which can only break down small bits of plant matter. Connected to the gut is a swim bladder. The muscles contain special vacuoles for storing extra energy. The entire inner body is nourished by a pool of hemacoel, which is not pumped around but allowed to dissolve slowly into organs. The nervous system is controlled by a fairly small brain, which is believed to have a very small memory sector, for recognition of predatory species.
Behaviours:

  1. Skittish.
  2. At 50% maturity, they switch from skittish to normal.
  3. When reproducing, lay eggs near vegetation.
  4. Gravitate towards each other.
  5. Recognise predators faster.
    Previous Mutations: Extra-Efficient Muscles, Electroreceptors, Open Circulatory System, Axochord, Whip Tail, Three Gill Slits, Notochord, Cartilage Vertebrae, Digestive Carnivorous Bacteria, Two Poisonous Spikes on Tail, Dentine Teeth, Venomous Canines, Jaw, Two Swiveling Pinhole Eyes (1 on each side of head), Digestive Enzymes, Plant-Eating Teeth, Bone Vertebrae, Genders, Eggs

@PositiveTower
Archaiapasaria westenrai (LC) - Male
OLIVER RIVER, TEMPERATE RIVER
You continue eating the seamoss with little competition, as the current takes you downstream from plant to plant, although the population numbers are on the increase again. Hints of the sun rises above the horizon.(3 + 1 + 1)
Status
Health: Healthy
Fitness: 13/13 (100%)
Maturity: 15%
Current Size: 1.8cm

Archaiapasaria westenrai

Status: LC
Timespan: R.71 - Present
Habitat: Rivers, Lakes
Distribution: Temperate Northern Hemisphere
Niche: Herbivore
Nutritional Value: 84.6
Size: 12cm
Predecessor: Petrocoilius rivieri
Classification: Archaiapasaria, Spinacheliforme, Caudara
Latest Mutations: Lobe Fins = 3, Tail Fins = 4, Fish Shape = 5, Swim Bladder = 4
Info: This Eztan animal is the first to be recognisable as being similar to a fish; the only thing that is really preventing this distinction is that it lacks pectoral fins. It is much more suited to swimming about than its relatives, which had to return to the seafloor to rest, and it’s efficient shape and tail fins make it much faster too. It is very common in the temperate rivers and lakes of the northern hemisphere. It feeds by sieving surface algae from the water as a filter-feeder, but it can also eat local seamosses growing below the surface. In the loss of it’s long tail, this species has become shorter than its predecessors but it is has a similar overall mass owing to its broader shape. Furthermore, the stiffer, albeit more powerful, bodily movements of the tail that propel the animal through the water, reduce the effectiveness of wielding tail spikes.
Description: It has a stout, orange and red, stream-lined body, like the shape of a fish and a short tail with a tail fin above and below the tail. These are shaped like horizontal semi-circles and together make a circle; they are supported by rays of cartilage. Two poisonous spikes protrude to the side of the tail. The front of the body has a cartilage jaw, and within in it several square teeth. It retains two venomous fangs in the roof of the mouth. On each side of the head is a lens-covered pinhole eye, with muscle that allows them to swivel. Three gills mark the body, which is also lined with unseeable electroreceptors. The mouth leads to a primitive gut and stomach, with weak herbivorous bacteria. The food is ground up in a gizzard first. Centrally located is a sac of gas called a swim bladder, and supporting the body are vertebrae made of bone. Also supporting the body are muscles with special vacuoles and an open circulatory system.

Previous Mutations

Extra-Efficient Muscles, Electroreceptors, Open Circulatory System, Axochord (L), Whip Tail (L), Three Gill Slits, Notochord (L), Cartilage Vertebrae (L), Digestive Carnivorous Bacteria (L), Two Poisonous Spikes on Tail, Dentine Teeth, Venomous Canines, Jaw, Two Swiveling Pinhole Eyes (1 on each side of head), Weak Digestive Enzymes, Square Teeth, Bone Vertebrae, Gizzard, Genders, Freshwater Tolerance

@louix
Almoskulus caecorum (CR-)
MANAURAI SEA, TEMPERATE SHALLOW SEA
Instead of catching marine snow, you are forced to leave as you feel something hit the floor nearby and resume a struggle [Jellyfishmon]. You resettle in another position not that far away, ready to eat again. Simultaneously, the water above starts to become more chaotic. Hints of the sun rises above the horizon. (1 + 1)
Status
Health: Healthy
Fitness: 0.3/1.3 (30%)
Maturity: 11%
Current Size: 0.25cm

Almoskulus caecorum

Status: CR-
Timespan: R.57 - Present
Habitat: Continental Slope (Mid Ocean), Shallow Sea
Distribution: Uteenessa Ocean, up to 1000m below sea level, All Temperate & Polar Seas
Niche: Benthic Filter-Feeder
Nutritional Value: 11.8
Size: 2.3cm
Predecessor: Argoskulus rubrumi
Classification: Almoskulusidae, Squickidea, Tubulosa
Latest Mutations: Eyes = 6, Fins = 5, Defense = 1
Description: Blank, white eyeballs hang off the edge of short, protruding eyestalks that stick out straight to the sides of the head. These are the most complex eyes on Ezta. This gives them much increased coverage in terms of sight, and can see pretty much all around them, although it comes at a fairly hefty nutritional price. In order to have eyes on stalks, Almoskulus caecorum evolved a white sclera to contain the compartments of the eye, and a vitreous humour to hold its shape. There eyes are blank looking because they have no iris or pupil to control the amount of the light that reaches them. Another adaptation of this animal is the emergence of a pair of pectoral fins, close to the head. This do not aid in swimming much, but rather can be used to walk quicker across the seafloor, where the spend most of their time. They also position the head upwards and improve filtration a little. This fins are short but sturdy and curve underneath the tubular body, which varies between red and transparent. In a pinch, these fins can be used to spring upwards and utilise their membranes to glide. To avoid predators is even more crucial for this species, because their skin is especially weak and easy to cut. They thrive best on upper continental slopes, where light still reaches, but also are found commonly in open, relatively deep areas of shallow temperate and polar seas. Below the light level, their eyes becomes useless, and their weakness has no defence.
Previous Mutations: Muscles, Fleshy Membrane (along back and underside), Chemoreceptors, Basic Instincts, Three Gill Slits, Yellow Pigmentation, Dentine Teeth, Open Circulatory System, Pinhole Eye With Lens (one on top of head), Notochord, Anti-freeze Proteins, Slow Reactions, Red-Transparent Colour Shifting, Small Tentacles


(Uncertain Agent) #521

Damnit, I really hope I get out this time.
Action: Jump out of the water and flop around until I get back into the river proper.


(ፕቿክፕልርረቿ ረዐዪዕ) #522

thanks for the round stealth
Action: cry try to bite and stab it with my tail


#523

keep filtering


(Sound) #524

Action: Find a location with more lighting and hunt


(Radical Revolutionary) #525

action:find food


(Immortal Dragon) #526

Action: Continue feeding in the new shallows if possible.