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(Stealth) #727

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(Stealth) #728

Round 96 - P.1

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~24 million years into the Atroxian~
Cinisian Stage
Season: Early Summer (North), Early Winter (South)
Time of Day: Midnight (West), Midday (East)
Event: (3) Major Event = Tsunami

Species: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ramXIxwYwggWj1bVH3zmZT-tlZSbQvW4PUZAEiVWYB8
Biomes: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1079__KZqoqQ5PQkA5gr4rMSIGIHx1UN1RwMa__ZNPV8

Detailed Species Stats

Ezta’s Natural History: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1JOwzI4ZHorn8nrqEr62v2_uXXlbs7qSCudHc476qLMY

State of the World: Due to the very high amounts of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere - there are few plants to soak it up - the average global temperature lies at a very hot 24c. The sea levels are very high and there is poor ocean circulation. There is also advanced ocean acidification in the sea, which brings it closer to neutral and away from basic. Due to the minimal plant life, the oxygen levels are low. There are two supercontinents, Olympia in the north and Tartarus in the south, each very large with vast expanses of desert in their centres. The climate does not allow for polar environments and there is a large lifeless strip around the equator where the temperatures are just too hot for even tropical life. They are surrounded by the superocean Uteenessa, and in-between lies a comparatively narrow seaway called the Sea of Gaia. Very small moss-like plants exist on land, and create soil where they grow. Long mountain ranges trail across the continents.

In the northwestern corner of Olympia, a slice of a continental slope gives way, and tumbles downwards. All that rock causes a displacement of water, which suddenly rushes upwards.

In other news, evolution does not stop, even during these tumultuous times. A new species of jellyfish, for example, has appeared, Spicularmis, with an eye for taking over the predatory jellyfish niche in the upper oceans. Veroina has now gone completely extinct with the acidification of the oceans, but Pneumachosminia has evolved spines using silica rather than calcium carbonate. Aploskulus has also gone extinct. Furthermore, the appearance of a new species of Stellingus, faster than before, has had a knock-on effect; not only has Stellingus cormeus gone extinct as a result, but so to has Thanostoma stalloni, the largest Thanostoma there ever was. The iconic genus looks like it may soon be consigned to history with only two, small remaining species in currently sheltered biomes. This extinction means that Xirnikrozz can now only live by the coast, as there is no large prey in the open ocean. As a response to this predator, Esoteralimnus abrictus have evolved true eyes, to help keep watch.


@RoboTrannic
Thanostoma stalloni (EX)
WEST TARTARUS (Tropical Shallows)
The seas become truly dark, and you do not even know which way to go to find less salty water. You head off, but continue to feel unwell. After a short journey, you seem to be getting nowhere. Eventually, you succumb to the extra salt in your system and die. (1 - The bad news is your species has gone extinct. The good news is that the suffering is over. Please choose a new species.)
Status
Maturity: 37% (Juvenile)
Current Size: 11.5cm
Health: Dead
Nutrition: N/A
Stamina: N/A
Hydration: N/A
Effects: None

Thanostoma stalloni

Status: EX
Timespan: R.77 - Present
Habitat: Shallow Sea, Ocean Surface
Distribution: Temperate Southern Hemisphere
Niche: Apex Predator
Nutritional Value: 200
Size: 31cm
Predecessor: Thanostoma rex
Classification: Makouridae, Makouridea, Caudaria
Latest Mutations: Bigger, Swim Bladder
Info: Once again, this species continues this lines habit of being the biggest on the planet, now at a relatively impressive half a meter. It has also extended its swimming capabilities and range, being able to conquer the open ocean thanks to its swim bladder. However, there is not a lot of prey large enough for it.
Description: With a long, blue tapering body ending in a spiked whip-like tail, this Thanostoma has the typical shape of a Caudarid. It has a cartilage jaw and two venomous canines surrounded by rather primitive teeth. Each side of its head has a swivelling pinhole eye. It also has three gill slits, and a line of electroreceptors running down its body. Internally, a gut leads to a stomach containing carnivorous digestive bacteria and cartilage vertebrae runs down the spine. Connected to the gut by a duct is a swim bladder.

Previous Mutations

Extra-Efficient Muscles, Electroreceptors, Open Circulatory System, Axochord (L), Whip Tail, Three Gill Slits, Notochord (L), Cartilage Vertebrae, Digestive Carnivorous Bacteria, Two Poisonous Spikes on Tail, Dentine Teeth, Venomous Canines, Cup Eyes (L), Blue, Pinhole Eyes, Cartilage Jaw, Bigger

@agenttine
Archaiapasaria circulus (LC) - Male
OLIVER RIVER, (Subtropical Desert River)
The Oliver River remains hot, even as the desert around it cools at night. The moon casts a silvery glow over the area. Despite this, there is still plenty of phytoplankton left from during the day, and you are able to feed well without having to put much effort in. Another bonus is that many Archaiapasaria have tried to flee the heating climate, which leaves a lot of space behind for stragglers such as yourself. Whilst feeding, you drift downriver on the current but find your way into a small cave, more of a crack in the river bank, where it is pitch black. You grow into a juvenile, able to swim against the flow. The light outside slowly begins to increase. (5 + 1)
Status
Maturity: 55%
Current Size: 6.9cm (length)
Health: Healthy
Nutrition: 43.1/43.1 (100%) (+50% left over for growth)
Stamina: 70%
Hydration: 100%
Effects: Metabolism x2

Archaiapasaria circulus

Status: LC
Timespan: R.89 - Present
Habitat: Lake, River
Distribution: Northern Hemisphere Temperate Rivers & Lakes
Niche: Herbivore
Nutritional Value: 78.1
Size: 12.5cm (length)
Predecessor: Archaiapasaria westenrai
Classification: Archaiapasaridae, Makouridea, Caudaria
Latest Mutations: Closed Circulatory System
Info: This species is a step ahead of its brethren, as it has a closed circulatory system. This is much more efficient and means that it has better stamina - and has a better chance of escaping predators. It feeds on aquatic moss in freshwater of the northern hemisphere.
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 a closed circulatory system.

[details=“Previous Mutations”] Extra-Efficient Muscles, Electroreceptors, Open Circulatory System, Three Gill Slits, Two Poisonous Spikes on Tail, Dentine Teeth, Venomous Canines, Cartilage Jaw, Two Swiveling Pinhole Eyes (1 on each side of head), Weak Digestive Herbivorous Enzymes, Square Teeth, Bone Vertebrae, Gizzard, Genders, Freshwater Tolerance, Tail Fins, Fish Shape, Swim Bladder

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@immortaldragon
Icthyotelus sinspica (LC)
OLIVER RIVER DELTA (Subtropical Desert Estuary)
The water here is becoming far too salty, and you and other Icthyotelus strike out to find brackish water further up the river. But in the darkness of the night, you sense the presence of something new with your electroreception. It’s several centimetres longer than you, with a whip-like tail - a Thanostoma tropicae. In fact, there are several of them, exploring new territories, that the rising sea level has given to them, for food. This throws the helpless filter-feeders into disarray, as they start fleeing in all directions. You are not one of the ones who is snatched up by the predators, but in your panic you head towards the sea and not upriver. It becomes increasingly saltier and you cannot turn back, with the Thanostoma in the way. Finally, the excess salt floods your system and you die. (2 + 1 = Sadly, the end of your life has resulted in your death. Luckily, your species still goes on. It is a time for rebirth.)
Status
Maturity: 100% (Young Adult - 2/8)
Current Size: 7cm
Health: Dead
Nutrition: N/A
Stamina: N/A
Hydration: N/A
Effects: None

Icthyotelus sinspica

Status: LC
Timespan: R.65 - Present
Habitat: Estuaries
Distribution: Northern Temperate Estuaries
Niche: Pelagic Filter-Feeder
Nutritional Value: 27.3
Size: 7cm
Predecessor: Charitomenchelus etalas
Classification: Icthyotelusidae, Tyrannidea, Caudaria
Latest Mutations: Tail Fins = 2, Fix Pectoral Fins = 5, Freshwater Tolerance = 3
Info: Unlike all it’s living relatives and some of its ancestors, the long tail has no spikes. It probably lost them as there was a lack of predators in their range; they live only in temperate estuaries, where the brackish water is just the right balance to suit their rather limited salt intake abilities. Overall, this is a relatively small area to live, but it is the only animal that lives here. The pectoral fins have become smaller, and more streamlined like a ray-finned fish; they are held against the body and composed of a cartilage limb branching off the vertebrae and three supports covered in skin. Muscles in the limb make it move, so this animal is faster than its ancestors.
Description: It has a tapering body, lined with electroreceptors and three gills on each side. It has two pectoral ray-fins and a pair of forward-facing cup eyes on the head. An oily liver helps to maintain buoyancy. 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, is a primitive stomach with the ability to digest multicellular matter.

Previous Mutations

Extra-Efficient Muscles, Electroreceptors, Open Circulatory System, Axochord (L), Tail, Three Gill Slits, Notochord (L), Cartilage Vertebrae, Digestive Carnivorous Bacteria, Two Poisonous Spikes on Tail (L)

@soundwave
Soundwavia vorei (LC)
NORTHWESTERN SHELF SEA (Temperate Shallows)
Without resting after your journey and hunt, your urge to breed drives you on. However, it is not long before you become absolutely exhausted searching fruitlessly in the daark sea and die from exhaustion before you can find a mate. (1 + 1 = Sadly, the end of your life has resulted in your death. Luckily, your species still goes on. It is a time for rebirth.)
Status:
Maturity: 100% (Adult - 4/8)
Current Size: 20.9cm
Health: Dead
Nutrition: N/A
Stamina: N/A
Hydration: N/A
Effects: None

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: Makouridae, Makouridea, Caudaria
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
Lampsichelus paladarus (NT) - Male
SOUTHWEST UTEENESSA OCEAN (Temperate Deep Ocean, About 200m deep)
You hatch out in cool water and it is pitch black. A faint slimmer of silvery light reaches you, but it does not light up much. You are one of the last of almost 80 eggs to hatch, and your siblings have cleared the area of most of the floating food. Other than them and a few jellyfish, you cannot sense anything around. There are faint signs of dawn from above. (2 + 1)
Status
Maturity: 5% (Hatchling)
Current Size: 0.6cm
Health: Healthy
Nutrition: 2.7/3.6 (75%)
Stamina: 80%
Hydration: 100%
Effects: None

Lampsichelus paladurus

Status: LC
Timespan: R.91 - Present
Habitat: Mid Ocean, Deep Ocean
Distribution: Non-polar Ocean, Below the thermocline
Niche: Carnivorous Filter-Feeder
Nutritional Value: 73
Size: 11.5cm (length)
Predecessor: Asteridermus mutatiogenus
Classification: Achmachelusidae, Tyrannidea, Caudaria
Latest Mutations: Intestine = 1, Serrated Teeth = 2, Hanging Lure = 5, Oily Liver = 4
Info: In the darkness of the abyss, Lampsichelus is the most well-lit of all animals, able to put on quite a light show; as well as the numerous bioluminescent spots on its body that act as one, there is a bulb on the end of a barbel protruding from the jaw that also produces light - this is controlled independently of the others, and can be flicked up and down to be more enticing. However, rather than use it to catch prey, the lights for this species are more useful in terms of finding another individual for mating. This is because there is stiff competition for prey, such as Thanostoma altium, and so it is largely restricted to filtering flesh from marine snow. The most significant obstacle to being a predator is that it has lost the teeth in the upper jaw, probably as a result of continual filter-feeding. (The species name means Gummy Joe.) Unlike its predecessors, it can control its own buoyancy now with an oil-filled liver, although it has a shrunken digestive system, making digestion less efficient.
Description: All over the black body tapering to a short, spiked tail are light blue bioluminescent spots, as well as a line of electroreceptors and three gills on each side. The two spikes are venomous. At the front, above the cartilage jawed mouth are olfactory receptors and facing forwards are a pair of cup eyes. The jaw contains very simple, shapeless teeth but only on the lower jaw. A cartilage barbel protrudes out and down from the lower jaw, and has a light blue bioluminescent bulb and a hinging muscle at its base. A pair of oval fins, supported by rays of cartilage are attached vertically just behind the gills and there is a fatty hump on the back. Inside, the organs are bathed in hemacoel by an open circulatory system. All the muscles contin a vacuoles. It’s digestive system is proportionately very small and narrow, which consists of the stomach and gut. There is also a liver, which is filled with oils. The body has cartilage vertebrae running down the back and is controlled by two nerve cords and a rung of nerves. The tiny brain in the head controls this.

Previous Mutations

Extra-Efficient Muscles, Electroreceptors, Open Circulatory System, Tail, Three Gill Slits, Cartilage Vertebrae, Digestive Carnivorous Bacteria, Two Poisonous Spikes on Tail, Dentine Teeth, Cup Eyes, Jaw, Fins (two vertical near head), Hump, Bioluminescent Lights, Olfaction, Temperate and Tropical Tolerance, Bioluminescence Control, Genders, Oily Liver


(Stealth) #729

R.96 - P.2

@Biologicah
Xirnikrozz uysaisiroai (VU)
SOUTHERN TARTARUS (Temperate Shallows)
The first thing you do is search for food. Heavy cloud cover prevents even the faintest moonlight lighting the sea, meaning even your night vision has difficulty. The adult Xirnikrozz swims off, gradually disappearing into the gloom, and dozens of other tiny Xirnikrozz are dispersing from the spot, although with less speed. You head off in one direction, in the hope of coming across food. This way, the water seems to be getting shallower. In the black, you see a strange blue light, and approach it. You poke under a crevice to investigate when you feel the rush of jaws near you. Fortunately, the Dolophonaskulus struck too quickly and missed you. You swim away as quick as you can, lucky to be alive. Finally, the dawn begins to arrive. (2)
Status
Maturity: 5% (Hatchling)
Current Size: 1.6cm
Health: Healthy
Nutrition: 4.3/10.8 (40%)
Stamina: 70%
Hydration: 100%
Effects: None

Xirnikrozz uysaisiroai

Status: NT
Timespan: R.95 - Present
Habitat: Temperate Shallows, Temperate Open Ocean
Distribution: Southern Uteenessa
Niche: Apex Predator
Size: 31cm
Predecessor: Peregapodus zaxzirkrnk
Classification: Peragapodusae, Makouridea, Caudaria
Latest Mutations: Limbs = 2, Fins behind limbs = 5, Stronger Jaw = 4
Info: Bursting out of the gloom, this would be the last thing most prey would see. It feeds on other large predators, because only these will sustain it. is an apex predator, and caused one of the previous apex predators to go extinct by the coast; it was faster than them - specifically great acceleration-, with four paddles and it also had a stronger bite, that means it can chew through quite hard materials, like cartilage, and access extra nutrients. Xirnikrozz uysaisiroai, common name “Kroxinkarouyaisiroai” rules the southern temperate seas, and can even hunt almost as effectively at night. Also, it’s extensive hunting forced Esoteralimnus into extinction.
Description: This species has a long, blue body that tapers into a whip-like tail, armed with two toxic spikes. It’s jaw is made of cartilage and it has tough muscles and lumpy teeth here. On each side of the head is a pinhole eye, that is able to swivel slightly. Behind the retina is a layer of cells containing reflective crystals called a choroidal tapetum cellulosum. Along the side of the body, are three gill slits near the front, and line of electroreceptors. There are four paddle-like limbs of flesh, cartilage and muscle. Inside, they have a gut with a stomach containing carnivorous digestive enzymes, and connected to the gut is a swim bladder. It’s brain is not quite as small as most other contemporary species. Finally, supporting the entire body is a spine of cartilage vertebrae.

Behaviour Traits
  1. Be vigilant.
  2. Do not eat own species.
  3. Remain near to capsules after they are laid.
Previous Mutations

Extra-Efficient Muscles, Electroreceptors, Open Circulatory System, Axochord (L), Whip Tail, Three Gill Slits, Notochord (L), Cartilage Vertebrae, Digestive Carnivorous Bacteria, Two Poisonous Spikes on Tail, Dentine Teeth, Venomous Canines, Cup Eyes (L), Blue, Pinhole Eyes, Cartilage Jaw, Bigger, Swim Bladder, Stub Limbs

@svrangite
Thalakelphus asperacuta (NT)
NORTHWESTERN UTEENESSA OCEAN (Temperate Deep Ocean, About 600m deep)
There is still more food in this spot, and you practically hover in place, whilst your tentacles shepherd the organic matter into your waiting mouth, and continue to grow. (4)
Status
Maturity: 55% (Juvenile)
Current Size: 4.7cm
Health: Healthy
Nutrition: 30.3/30.3 (100%) (+40% left over for growth)
Stamina: 55%
Hydration: 100%
Effects: Metabolic rate x 0.5

Thalakelphus asperacuta

Status: NT
Timespan: R.84 - Present
Habitat: Mid Ocean
Distribution: Under Temperate and Tropical Uteenessa Ocean, Below the thermocline - 800m below sea level
Niche: Pelagic Filter-Feeder
Nutritional Value: 58.7
Size: 8.5cm
Predecessor: Thalakelphus svrangitensi
Classification: Zestoskulusidae, Kardiaskulusidea, Kardiarchia
Latest Mutations: Pigmentation = 3, Poison Glands = 6, Lower Metabolic Rate = 4
Info: The deep ocean life of this species means that fast movement is not something that is often needed; other animals are met rarely. It has sacrificed speed so that its body will require less food, by lowering its metabolic rate. Therefore, it is slow, but needs to consume less of the scarce food. If it does get the attention of a predator it can defend itself, as fleeing may no longer work, with bumpy poison glands along the tentacles. The colourless, mucus-like poison can be secreted at will by the animal and cause pain and death in the attacker. However, like its predecessor, it still only lives in the narrow band of ocean between the bottom of the thermocline and 800m below the surface.
Description: It has a smooth, straight shell made of calcium carbonate with several medium-length tentacles sticking out the front covered in poison glands. 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, Hyponome, Shell, Hearing

@jellyfishmon
Arthroskulus pelagus (NT)
SOUTHERN TARTARUS (Temperate Shallows)
You hatch out into dark and cool, shallow waters. You can see nothing, and can only sense the 70 or so siblings that hatched with you. The dawn starts to approach over the horizon. (4)
Status
Maturity: 5% (Hatchling)
Current Size: 0.4cm
Health: Healthy
Nutrition: 1.8/2.5 (70%)
Stamina: 75%
Hydration: 100%
Effects: None

Arthroskulus pelagus

Status: NT
Timespan: R.89 - Present
Habitat: Shallow Sea, Ocean Surface
Distribution: Southern Hemisphere Temperate & Polar Ocean & Seas
Niche: Predator
Nutritional Value: 30.3
Size: 7.5cm (length)
Predecessor: Arthroskulus circumcaudus
Classification: Roharasridae, Codowecoidea, Aquamusculidia
Latest Mutations: Swim Bladder
Info: With a swim bladder allowing Arthroskulus pelagus to control its buoyancy, this species can now not only remain around the surface of shallow seas, but also survive out in the open ocean. It hunts the larger jellyfish, Regemsitula.
Description: The top of the blue, cylindrical body is protected by a tough exoskeleton made out of chitin. Some of the armour has formed a fan-shape protruding from the rear, which can be moved up and down by muscle. Also, the armour behind the head contains a spiracle, allowing oxygen through it. 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. There is also a swim bladder, unconnected to the gut. Anti-freeze proteins flow through the hemacoel.

Previous Mutations

Bitter Chemicals, Chemoreceptors, Proboscis, Sharp Beak, Digestive Carnivorous Enzymes, Bigger, Blue Pigmentation, Open Circulatory System, Anti-Freeze Proteins, Hyponome, Hydrostatic Skeleton, Pinhole Eyes, Exoskeleton Shield, Stronger Muscles, Spiracles, Fan-Tail

@PositiveTower
Almsoskulus normacuta (LC) - Male
A SOUTH UTEENESSA ISLAND SHELF (Temperate Shallows)
There are lots of Almoskulus gathered around the shore by the force of the storms. You have no trouble in finding a female and successfully reproducing. (5 + 1 = Well done! You have successfully passed on your genes; let’s hope they fit. Choose 4 mutations to try and evolve.)
Status
Maturity: 100% (Young Adult - 2/8)
Current Size: 2.3cm
Health: Healthy
Nutrition: 8/11.4 (70%) (+60% left over for growth)
Stamina: 50%
Hydration: 100%
Effects:

"Almoskulus normacuta

Status: LC
Timespan: R.77 - Present
Habitat: Continental Slope (Mid Ocean), Shallow Sea
Distribution: Northern Hemisphere, Temperate and Polar Seas & Continental Slope down to 500m
Niche: Benthic Filter-Feeder
Nutritional Value: 11.4
Size: 2.3cm
Predecessor: Almoskulus caecorum
Classification: Almoskulusidae, Squickidea, Membrania
Latest Mutations: Fix Skin
Info: This took over from its predecessor Almoskulus caecorum. It had tougher skin that did not rip so easily, but it is still not particularly tough. It lives in all parts of the ocean where it’s eyes are useful, except for tropical. This means it lives from 500 metres under the surface to the shallowest parts of the seas. It serenely poses on the seafloor, filtering falling marine snow for food.
Description: The tubular body has a fleshy membrane running along the top and underside. Blank, white eyeballs hang off the edge of short, protruding eyestalks that stick out straight to the sides of the head. Chemoreceptors sit by the mouth, as well as a pair of small tentacles, with three gill slits at the back of the head. This fins are short but sturdy and curve underneath the tubular body, which varies between red and transparent. At the front of its nervous system, is a tiny brain. Its mouth has a primitive gut leading straight to the anus. An open circulatory system bathes organs and muscles in hemacoel; this contains anti-freeze proteins to stop bodily fluids from freezing.

Previous Mutations

Muscles, Fleshy Membrane (along back and underside), Chemoreceptors, Basic Instincts, Three Gill Slits, Yellow Pigmentation (L), 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, Eyes, Fins, Weak Skin (L)

@louix
Almoskulus normacuta (LC)
A SOUTH UTEENESSA ISLAND SHELF (Temperate Shallows)
You get caught in another wave, pushing you up the beach, but this time it takes you back with it. However, this prevents you from feeding. (3)
Status
Maturity: 65% (Juvenile)
Current Size: 1.5cm
Health: Broken fin
Nutrition: 3.7/7.4 (50%)
Stamina: 80%
Hydration: 100%
Effects: None

"Almoskulus normacuta

Status: LC
Timespan: R.77 - Present
Habitat: Continental Slope (Mid Ocean), Shallow Sea
Distribution: Northern Hemisphere, Temperate and Polar Seas & Continental Slope down to 500m
Niche: Benthic Filter-Feeder
Nutritional Value: 11.4
Size: 2.3cm
Predecessor: Almoskulus caecorum
Classification: Almoskulusidae, Squickidea, Membrania
Latest Mutations: Fix Skin
Info: This took over from its predecessor Almoskulus caecorum. It had tougher skin that did not rip so easily, but it is still not particularly tough. It lives in all parts of the ocean where it’s eyes are useful, except for tropical. This means it lives from 500 metres under the surface to the shallowest parts of the seas. It serenely poses on the seafloor, filtering falling marine snow for food.
Description: The tubular body has a fleshy membrane running along the top and underside. Blank, white eyeballs hang off the edge of short, protruding eyestalks that stick out straight to the sides of the head. Chemoreceptors sit by the mouth, as well as a pair of small tentacles, with three gill slits at the back of the head. This fins are short but sturdy and curve underneath the tubular body, which varies between red and transparent. At the front of its nervous system, is a tiny brain. Its mouth has a primitive gut leading straight to the anus. An open circulatory system bathes organs and muscles in hemacoel; this contains anti-freeze proteins to stop bodily fluids from freezing.

Previous Mutations

Muscles, Fleshy Membrane (along back and underside), Chemoreceptors, Basic Instincts, Three Gill Slits, Yellow Pigmentation (L), 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, Eyes, Fins, Weak Skin (L)


(The Third Duke of Silly) #730

Oof
Action: S E A R C H M O R E
also kill prey pls


(Ṁ̴͙͔͒u̴͐͛̓͠ͅś̴̛̮̰̖̑͆͠i̵͚̤̥̝̬̎͋̊c̸̨̛̦̱̯̽̋͛̍ M̴a̸͙̬̐͌̈̄͌ń̸̯̉̃̌̕ ) #731

Action: Continue consuming snow


#732

Thanks for the fast round
Action: Go to darker waters while keeping my nose open for any scraps of food falling down


(Uncertain Agent) #733

Action: Drift around at the mouth of the cave, still eating food as it comes.


(Stealth) #734

Just so you know, you can only go about as far down as 250m because below that there is not enough oxygen for your survival. 50m won’t make much of a difference light-wise.


(Radical Revolutionary) #735

Mutation 1 :shell:
Mutation 2:More complex neural system
Mutation 3:longer tentacles
Mutation 4:phragmacone


(Stealth) #736

What kind of shell would you like?


#737

Ugh, then i guess i will remain around the same water level to have more chances to escape if something appears


(Stealth) #738

Actually, don’t worry, I think I have a way to reasonably get you into darker water, so you can stick with that


(Stealth) #739

Round 97 - P.1

Chat: https://discord.gg/weGdxFB

~24.25 million years into the Atroxian~
Cinisian Stage
Season: Late Summer (North), Late Winter (South)
Time of Day: Dawn (West), Afternoon (East)
Event: No Event

Species: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ramXIxwYwggWj1bVH3zmZT-tlZSbQvW4PUZAEiVWYB8
Biomes: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1079__KZqoqQ5PQkA5gr4rMSIGIHx1UN1RwMa__ZNPV8

Detailed Species Stats

Ezta’s Natural History: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1JOwzI4ZHorn8nrqEr62v2_uXXlbs7qSCudHc476qLMY

State of the World: Due to the very high amounts of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere - there are few plants to soak it up - the average global temperature lies at a very hot 24c. The sea levels are very high and there is poor ocean circulation. There is also advanced ocean acidification in the sea, which brings it closer to neutral and away from basic. Due to the minimal plant life, the oxygen levels are low. There are two supercontinents, Olympia in the north and Tartarus in the south, each very large with vast expanses of desert in their centres. The climate does not allow for polar environments and there is a large lifeless strip around the equator where the temperatures are just too hot for even tropical life. They are surrounded by the superocean Uteenessa, and in-between lies a comparatively narrow seaway called the Sea of Gaia. Very small moss-like plants exist on land, and create soil where they grow. Long mountain ranges trail across the continents.

@louix, I completely understand if you cannot always respond. After this round, I’m going to take you out until you return because I’m basically playing for you at the moment. But if you come back, I’ll leave a spot open for you.


@RoboTrannic
Glistroskulus sensei (NT)
SOUTHWEST UTEENESSA OCEAN (Temperate Deep Ocean, About 5000m deep)
You hatch out, floating suspended in the almost undetectable currents of the abyss, held up by the fact that you are so tiny. It’s pitch black and cold. You can sense only very small amounts of marine snow around, as well as dozens of your siblings. In addition to this, you can detect the chemical presence of something larger - and not of your species - headed this way. (1 + 1)
Status
Maturity: 5% (Hatching)
Current Size: 0.1cm
Health: Healthy
Nutrition: 0.3/0.4 (75%)
Stamina: 100%
Hydration: 100%
Effects: Metabolism x 0.5

Glistroskulus sensei

Status: NT
Timespan: R.66 - Present
Habitat: Mid Ocean, Deep Ocean
Distribution: All Deep Ocean
Niche: Benthic Filter-Feeder
Size: 2.3cm (length)
Predecessor: Glistroskulus louixi
Classification: Squickidae, Squickidea, Membrania
Latest Mutations: Improved chemoreceptors
Info: This species have become the most common at the bottom of the ocean. It’s chemoreceptors can detect the chemicals from potential food over tens of meters away. This makes them more successful.
Description: The yellow, tubular body has a fleshy membrane running along the top and underside. It has a single pinhole eye with a lens, facing forwards. Chemoreceptors sit by the mouth with three gill slits at the back of the head and it has tiny teeth in its round mouth. Its mouth has a primitive gut leading straight to the anus. At the front of its nervous system, is a tiny brain. An open circulatory system bathes organs and muscles in hemacoel; this contains anti-freeze proteins to stop bodily fluids from freezing. It’s back is supported by a notochord.

Previous Mutations

Muscles, Membrane, Chemoreceptors, Gills (3), Yellow Pigmentation, Teeth, Open Circulatory System, Pinhole Eye, Anti-freeze Proteins, Notochord, Lens

@agenttine
Archaiapasaria circulus (LC) - Male
OLIVER RIVER, (Subtropical Desert River)
You peek your head outside the tiny cave, trying to snare any passing particles of food. It is fairly light outside because of the dawn and a very clear sky. Just at the edge of your vision, you can make out a blur in the murk that appears to be a much larger, older Archaiapasaria; its position slightly further upstream and blocking the cave is stopping much food from getting to you. A quicker metabolism unfortunately means you lose energy faster. You can detect, through electroreception, a sparse amount of other Archaiapasaria flitting around the river slightly further away. The light levels are beginning to increase further. (2 + 1)
Status
Maturity: 55%
Current Size: 6.9cm (length)
Health: Healthy
Nutrition: 17.2/43.1 (40%)
Stamina: 65%
Hydration: 100%
Effects: Metabolism x 1.5

Archaiapasaria circulus

Status: LC
Timespan: R.89 - Present
Habitat: Lake, River
Distribution: Northern Hemisphere Temperate Rivers & Lakes
Niche: Herbivore
Nutritional Value: 78.1
Size: 12.5cm (length)
Predecessor: Archaiapasaria westenrai
Classification: Archaiapasaridae, Makouridea, Caudaria
Latest Mutations: Closed Circulatory System
Info: This species is a step ahead of its brethren, as it has a closed circulatory system. This is much more efficient and means that it has better stamina - and has a better chance of escaping predators. It feeds on aquatic moss in freshwater of the northern hemisphere.
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 a closed circulatory system.

[details=“Previous Mutations”] Extra-Efficient Muscles, Electroreceptors, Open Circulatory System, Three Gill Slits, Two Poisonous Spikes on Tail, Dentine Teeth, Venomous Canines, Cartilage Jaw, Two Swiveling Pinhole Eyes (1 on each side of head), Weak Digestive Herbivorous Enzymes, Square Teeth, Bone Vertebrae, Gizzard, Genders, Freshwater Tolerance, Tail Fins, Fish Shape, Swim Bladder

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@immortaldragon
Icthyotelus sinspica (LC)
UNNAMED OLYMPIAN POND (Chapparal Lake)
You hatch out into broad daylight, brought on by the midnight sun that exists at these high latitudes. You are on the silt, and it appears to be very shallow here. The water is warm and the sky is very clear and blue. There is quite a lot of food here but it is slowly decreasing. You cannot tell much about your surrounding with your senses, except for the fact that you can detect no adults with electroreception, although there are a several hatchlings and a few juveniles. (4 + 1)
Status
Maturity: 5% (hatchling)
Current Size: 0.4cm
Health: Healthy
Nutrition: 1.4/1.6 (90%)
Stamina: 100%
Hydration: 100%
Effects: Metabolism x 1.25

Icthyotelus sinspica

Status: LC
Timespan: R.65 - Present
Habitat: Estuaries
Distribution: Northern Temperate Estuaries
Niche: Pelagic Filter-Feeder
Nutritional Value: 27.3
Size: 7cm
Predecessor: Charitomenchelus etalas
Classification: Icthyotelusidae, Tyrannidea, Caudaria
Latest Mutations: Tail Fins = 2, Fix Pectoral Fins = 5, Freshwater Tolerance = 3
Info: Unlike all it’s living relatives and some of its ancestors, the long tail has no spikes. It probably lost them as there was a lack of predators in their range; they live only in temperate estuaries, where the brackish water is just the right balance to suit their rather limited salt intake abilities. Overall, this is a relatively small area to live, but it is the only animal that lives here. The pectoral fins have become smaller, and more streamlined like a ray-finned fish; they are held against the body and composed of a cartilage limb branching off the vertebrae and three supports covered in skin. Muscles in the limb make it move, so this animal is faster than its ancestors.
Description: It has a tapering body, lined with electroreceptors and three gills on each side. It has two pectoral ray-fins and a pair of forward-facing cup eyes on the head. An oily liver helps to maintain buoyancy. 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, is a primitive stomach with the ability to digest multicellular matter.

Previous Mutations

Extra-Efficient Muscles, Electroreceptors, Open Circulatory System, Axochord (L), Tail, Three Gill Slits, Notochord (L), Cartilage Vertebrae, Digestive Carnivorous Bacteria, Two Poisonous Spikes on Tail (L)

@soundwave
Soundwavia vorei (LC)
NORTHWESTERN SHELF SEA (Temperate Shallows)
As your egg was floating around in the sea, a massive wave tore towards the coast - a tsunami, caused by a previous collapse of part of the continental slope. The wave carried you and your brethren, as well as many other creatures, and left you up on the shingle of the beach. The water retreated, but you are still left on the beach when you hatch out. You must get back to the sea before you dry out. Also, none of your senses work out of water, so you have a very limited idea of your surroundings - just the feel of the shingle against you and the occasional spray from a wave. (2)
Status:
Maturity: 5% (hatchling)
Current Size: 1cm
Health: Healthy
Nutrition: 4.6/6.1 (75%)
Stamina: 100%
Hydration: 85%
Effects: None

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: Makouridae, Makouridea, Caudaria
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
Lampsichelus paladarus (NT) - Male
WEST UTEENESSA OCEAN (Tropical Deep Ocean, About 600m deep)
You decide to move away from the faint light cast down by the midnight sun, and head a little deeper. However, it soon becomes too oxygen-poor for you to go any deeper, so you instead you let a current take you horizontally. As you travel, you manage a few morsels of floating food to keep from going hungry. Eventually, you pass into hot, tropical water, and here you can head down further, as the oxygenated surface water reaches deeper. Finally, you descend into the black. You stop your descent when you hit the mostly rocky surface of a guyot (tablemount). Deflected currents bring plenty of marine snow here. You are not alone, as making the guyot home are filter-feeding and predatory jellyfish, a sponge species and a type of giant polyp. Thankfully, there is no sign of your predator. (6 + 1 = Ding, ding, ding! Congrats, you have won a bonus point! Give either yourself or another player a + or -1. Choose carefully; you cannot exchange it later.)
Status
Maturity: 5% (Hatchling)
Current Size: 0.6cm
Health: Healthy
Nutrition: 2.7/3.6 (75%)
Stamina: 50%
Hydration: 100%
Effects: Metabolism x 1.5

Lampsichelus paladurus

Status: LC
Timespan: R.91 - Present
Habitat: Mid Ocean, Deep Ocean
Distribution: Non-polar Ocean, Below the thermocline
Niche: Carnivorous Filter-Feeder
Nutritional Value: 73
Size: 11.5cm (length)
Predecessor: Asteridermus mutatiogenus
Classification: Achmachelusidae, Tyrannidea, Caudaria
Latest Mutations: Intestine = 1, Serrated Teeth = 2, Hanging Lure = 5, Oily Liver = 4
Info: In the darkness of the abyss, Lampsichelus is the most well-lit of all animals, able to put on quite a light show; as well as the numerous bioluminescent spots on its body that act as one, there is a bulb on the end of a barbel protruding from the jaw that also produces light - this is controlled independently of the others, and can be flicked up and down to be more enticing. However, rather than use it to catch prey, the lights for this species are more useful in terms of finding another individual for mating. This is because there is stiff competition for prey, such as Thanostoma altium, and so it is largely restricted to filtering flesh from marine snow. The most significant obstacle to being a predator is that it has lost the teeth in the upper jaw, probably as a result of continual filter-feeding. (The species name means Gummy Joe.) Unlike its predecessors, it can control its own buoyancy now with an oil-filled liver, although it has a shrunken digestive system, making digestion less efficient.
Description: All over the black body tapering to a short, spiked tail are light blue bioluminescent spots, as well as a line of electroreceptors and three gills on each side. The two spikes are venomous. At the front, above the cartilage jawed mouth are olfactory receptors and facing forwards are a pair of cup eyes. The jaw contains very simple, shapeless teeth but only on the lower jaw. A cartilage barbel protrudes out and down from the lower jaw, and has a light blue bioluminescent bulb and a hinging muscle at its base. A pair of oval fins, supported by rays of cartilage are attached vertically just behind the gills and there is a fatty hump on the back. Inside, the organs are bathed in hemacoel by an open circulatory system. All the muscles contin a vacuoles. It’s digestive system is proportionately very small and narrow, which consists of the stomach and gut. There is also a liver, which is filled with oils. The body has cartilage vertebrae running down the back and is controlled by two nerve cords and a rung of nerves. The tiny brain in the head controls this.

Previous Mutations

Extra-Efficient Muscles, Electroreceptors, Open Circulatory System, Tail, Three Gill Slits, Cartilage Vertebrae, Digestive Carnivorous Bacteria, Two Poisonous Spikes on Tail, Dentine Teeth, Cup Eyes, Jaw, Fins (two vertical near head), Hump, Bioluminescent Lights, Olfaction, Temperate and Tropical Tolerance, Bioluminescence Control, Genders, Oily Liver


(Stealth) #740

R.97 - P.2

@Biologicah
Xirnikrozz uysaisiroai (VU)
SOUTHERN TARTARUS (Temperate Shallows)
The high latitude of this temperate sea mean that it is under the effect of the winter polar night, meaning that it’s still completely dark even when it is dawn elsewhere. The water is a cool temperature. You are still searching for food in the dark. You see another light, hidden between some rocks and go over to investigate, having not learned anything from your previous experiences. You go closer, until the jaws and sharp teeth of a Dolophonaskulus snap upon you - one of your front flippers is bitten straight off, sending out a pool of hemolymph into the water. The predator still has its jaws around your body. Your struggles are feeble anyway, with very low nutrition, and your death comes when it’s jaws crush your unprotected head, marking the end to your short life. (1 - Sadly, the end of your life has resulted in your death. Luckily, your species still goes on. It is a time for rebirth.)
Status
Maturity: 5% (Hatchling)
Current Size: 1.6cm
Health: Dead
Nutrition: N/A
Stamina: N/A
Hydration: N/A
Effects: None

Xirnikrozz uysaisiroai

Status: NT
Timespan: R.95 - Present
Habitat: Temperate Shallows, Temperate Open Ocean
Distribution: Southern Uteenessa
Niche: Apex Predator
Size: 31cm
Predecessor: Peregapodus zaxzirkrnk
Classification: Peragapodusae, Makouridea, Caudaria
Latest Mutations: Limbs = 2, Fins behind limbs = 5, Stronger Jaw = 4
Info: Bursting out of the gloom, this would be the last thing most prey would see. It feeds on other large predators, because only these will sustain it. is an apex predator, and caused one of the previous apex predators to go extinct by the coast; it was faster than them - specifically great acceleration-, with four paddles and it also had a stronger bite, that means it can chew through quite hard materials, like cartilage, and access extra nutrients. Xirnikrozz uysaisiroai, common name “Kroxinkarouyaisiroai” rules the southern temperate seas, and can even hunt almost as effectively at night. Also, it’s extensive hunting forced Esoteralimnus into extinction.
Description: This species has a long, blue body that tapers into a whip-like tail, armed with two toxic spikes. It’s jaw is made of cartilage and it has tough muscles and lumpy teeth here. On each side of the head is a pinhole eye, that is able to swivel slightly. Behind the retina is a layer of cells containing reflective crystals called a choroidal tapetum cellulosum. Along the side of the body, are three gill slits near the front, and line of electroreceptors. There are four paddle-like limbs of flesh, cartilage and muscle. Inside, they have a gut with a stomach containing carnivorous digestive enzymes, and connected to the gut is a swim bladder. It’s brain is not quite as small as most other contemporary species. Finally, supporting the entire body is a spine of cartilage vertebrae.

Behaviour Traits
  1. Be vigilant.
  2. Do not eat own species.
  3. Remain near to capsules after they are laid.
Previous Mutations

Extra-Efficient Muscles, Electroreceptors, Open Circulatory System, Axochord (L), Whip Tail, Three Gill Slits, Notochord (L), Cartilage Vertebrae, Digestive Carnivorous Bacteria, Two Poisonous Spikes on Tail, Dentine Teeth, Venomous Canines, Cup Eyes (L), Blue, Pinhole Eyes, Cartilage Jaw, Bigger, Swim Bladder, Stub Limbs

@svrangite
Thalakelphus asperacuta (NT)
NORTHWESTERN UTEENESSA OCEAN (Temperate Deep Ocean, About 600m deep)
You have depleted the marine snow in this spot, and must move off to find some more. However, you have no way of detecting where the next spot of food is and wander aimlessly. You do not come across anything this time. (3)
Status
Maturity: 55% (Juvenile)
Current Size: 4.7cm
Health: Healthy
Nutrition: 27.3/30.3 (90%)
Stamina: 45%
Hydration: 100%
Effects: Metabolic rate x 0.5

Thalakelphus asperacuta

Status: NT
Timespan: R.84 - Present
Habitat: Mid Ocean
Distribution: Under Temperate and Tropical Uteenessa Ocean, Below the thermocline - 800m below sea level
Niche: Pelagic Filter-Feeder
Nutritional Value: 58.7
Size: 8.5cm
Predecessor: Thalakelphus svrangitensi
Classification: Zestoskulusidae, Kardiaskulusidea, Kardiarchia
Latest Mutations: Pigmentation = 3, Poison Glands = 6, Lower Metabolic Rate = 4
Info: The deep ocean life of this species means that fast movement is not something that is often needed; other animals are met rarely. It has sacrificed speed so that its body will require less food, by lowering its metabolic rate. Therefore, it is slow, but needs to consume less of the scarce food. If it does get the attention of a predator it can defend itself, as fleeing may no longer work, with bumpy poison glands along the tentacles. The colourless, mucus-like poison can be secreted at will by the animal and cause pain and death in the attacker. However, like its predecessor, it still only lives in the narrow band of ocean between the bottom of the thermocline and 800m below the surface.
Description: It has a smooth, straight shell made of calcium carbonate with several medium-length tentacles sticking out the front covered in poison glands. 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, Hyponome, Shell, Hearing

@jellyfishmon
Arthroskulus pelagus (NT)
SOUTHERN TARTARUS (Temperate Shallows)
The high latitude of this temperate sea mean that it is under the effect of the winter polar night, meaning that it’s still completely dark even when it is dawn elsewhere. The water is a cool temperature. You begin hunting for the first time in your life, and swim around in the hopes of detecting prey. However, it is very difficult in the night because you cannot use your eyes. Therefore, your hunt finds you no food and you go hungry. It is crucial that you find some food soon. Fortunately, the sun is finally starting rise and bring some light to the sea. (2 + 1)
Status
Maturity: 5% (Hatchling)
Current Size: 0.4cm
Health: Healthy
Nutrition: 0.8/2.5 (30%)
Stamina: 55%
Hydration: 100%
Effects: None

Arthroskulus pelagus

Status: NT
Timespan: R.89 - Present
Habitat: Shallow Sea, Ocean Surface
Distribution: Southern Hemisphere Temperate & Polar Ocean & Seas
Niche: Predator
Nutritional Value: 30.3
Size: 7.5cm (length)
Predecessor: Arthroskulus circumcaudus
Classification: Roharasridae, Codowecoidea, Aquamusculidia
Latest Mutations: Swim Bladder
Info: With a swim bladder allowing Arthroskulus pelagus to control its buoyancy, this species can now not only remain around the surface of shallow seas, but also survive out in the open ocean. It hunts the larger jellyfish, Regemsitula.
Description: The top of the blue, cylindrical body is protected by a tough exoskeleton made out of chitin. Some of the armour has formed a fan-shape protruding from the rear, which can be moved up and down by muscle. Also, the armour behind the head contains a spiracle, allowing oxygen through it. 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. There is also a swim bladder, unconnected to the gut. Anti-freeze proteins flow through the hemacoel.

Previous Mutations

Bitter Chemicals, Chemoreceptors, Proboscis, Sharp Beak, Digestive Carnivorous Enzymes, Bigger, Blue Pigmentation, Open Circulatory System, Anti-Freeze Proteins, Hyponome, Hydrostatic Skeleton, Pinhole Eyes, Exoskeleton Shield, Stronger Muscles, Spiracles, Fan-Tail

@PositiveTower
Ostracoderma densissima (NT) - Male
NORTHWESTERN UTEENESSA OCEAN (Temperate Deep Ocean, About 600m deep)
You hatch out and immediately, can feel yourself against a surface. It is, however, pitch black and cold. You situate yourself on the side of the seamount, and can sense lots of marine snow passing by, on currents deflected upwards, and only a few of your kind dotted around. (6 + 1 = Ding, ding, ding! Congrats, you have won a bonus point! Give either yourself or another player a + or -1. Choose carefully; you cannot exchange it later.)
Status
Maturity: 5% (hatchling)
Current Size: 0.2cm
Health: Healthy
Nutrition: 1/1 (100%)
Stamina: 100%
Hydration: 100%
Effects: Metabolism x 0.5

"Ostracoderma densissima

Status: NT
Timespan: R.97 - Present
Habitat: Deep Ocean
Distribution: Cosmopolitan
Niche: Benthic Filter-Feeder
Size: 3cm
Predecessor: Almoskulus caecorum
Classification: Ostracadermae, Almoskulisidea, Tunicoidea, Membrania
Latest Mutations: Shell = 5, Improve Nervous System = 1, Longer Tentacles = 3, Phragmocone = 2
Info: Proliferating through the deep seas, the thick, calcium carbonate cap-shaped shell of this species is impenetrable by any contemporary predators, making it difficult to be preyed upon. This is a good thing, because it has a very slow, inefficient nervous system composed of only one nerve cord, and the heavy, thick shell slows it down ever further. To move, it must drag itself across soft sediments using its fins, which is very ungainly and slow. The gliding membranes of its predecessors have completely disappeared. Once it finds a good spot, it filters in microbial matter with its short tentacles. It can only live below the thermocline because of the acidic surface waters and above 4,000 metres because calcium carbonate is not useable at this depth.
Description: The tubular body is hidden beneath a cap-shaped shell made of calcium carbonate, specifically calcite, with just enough of the body showing to allow the two eyestalks to stick out. The shell is quite thick and relatively heavy for its size. Beneath the shell is a mouth surrounded by chemoreceptors - two small tentacles also protrude from underneath the shell. There are three gill slits along the body. Under the body is a pair of sturdy, short fins. There is a small brain, attached to a single nerve cord, attached to webs of nerves. The gut is simple and leads straight to the anus. Hemolymph is distributed through the body to hemacoels, as the open circulatory system. It contains anti-freeze proteins.

Previous Mutations

Muscles, Fleshy Membrane (along back and underside), Chemoreceptors, Basic Instincts, Three Gill Slits, Yellow Pigmentation (L), 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, Eyes, Fins, Weak Skin (L), Fix Skin

@louix
Almoskulus normacuta (LC)
A SOUTH UTEENESSA ISLAND SHELF (Temperate Shallows)
It is pitch black in the cool water, from polar night. You escape limply to a slightly less tumultuous depth and into a sheltered cove, where you can take in the food floating in the water without being bucked around. Fortunately, there is a lot of it. There are only a few other Almoskulus on the seafloor of this cove. (6 + 1 = Ding, ding, ding! Congrats, you have won a bonus point! Give either yourself or another player a + or -1. Choose carefully; you cannot exchange it later.)
Status
Maturity: 75% (Juvenile)
Current Size: 1.7cm
Health: Broken fin
Nutrition: 7.6/7.6 (100%) (+10% left over for growth)
Stamina: 65%
Hydration: 100%
Effects: None

"Almoskulus normacuta

Status: LC
Timespan: R.77 - Present
Habitat: Continental Slope (Mid Ocean), Shallow Sea
Distribution: Northern Hemisphere, Temperate and Polar Seas & Continental Slope down to 500m
Niche: Benthic Filter-Feeder
Nutritional Value: 11.4
Size: 2.3cm
Predecessor: Almoskulus caecorum
Classification: Almoskulusidae, Squickidea, Membrania
Latest Mutations: Fix Skin
Info: This took over from its predecessor Almoskulus caecorum. It had tougher skin that did not rip so easily, but it is still not particularly tough. It lives in all parts of the ocean where it’s eyes are useful, except for tropical. This means it lives from 500 metres under the surface to the shallowest parts of the seas. It serenely poses on the seafloor, filtering falling marine snow for food.
Description: The tubular body has a fleshy membrane running along the top and underside. Blank, white eyeballs hang off the edge of short, protruding eyestalks that stick out straight to the sides of the head. Chemoreceptors sit by the mouth, as well as a pair of small tentacles, with three gill slits at the back of the head. This fins are short but sturdy and curve underneath the tubular body, which varies between red and transparent. At the front of its nervous system, is a tiny brain. Its mouth has a primitive gut leading straight to the anus. An open circulatory system bathes organs and muscles in hemacoel; this contains anti-freeze proteins to stop bodily fluids from freezing.

Previous Mutations

Muscles, Fleshy Membrane (along back and underside), Chemoreceptors, Basic Instincts, Three Gill Slits, Yellow Pigmentation (L), 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, Eyes, Fins, Weak Skin (L)


(Immortal Dragon) #741

Thanks for the new round Steath. :grin:

Action: Get some of that food for myself.


(Sound) #742

Ty for the new round. Looks like I’m going to die within a few seconds though

Action: go south from where I am (good bye cruel world)


(The Third Duke of Silly) #743

Action: be dead
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Action: Look for more snow to eat


(Radical Revolutionary) #745

Action :find food
+1 on me


(Uncertain Agent) #746

Action: Move out of the cave, and try to get to a place where I can filter.