Chloropseudopod

Chloropseudopods are derived phytozoans that derive most of their energy from pohotsynthesis, but get most of their mass and trace nutrients from filter feeding via the water column. Chrlorpseudopods lived about 470 million years ago.
[creature design by Erika (Gutsick Gibbon)}

Basic Information

Anatomy

Chloropseudopods have a 6 feet leading to a thin stalk which then blossoms into a mantle. The mantle is the primary photosynthetic surface, and in its center is an eye cup made up of clusters of opsins. Toward one end of the eye cup two tendrils emerged, homologous to the sensory stalks of cecilia. These have some secondary fronds for photosynthesis and are tipped in hair like filaments that catch microbes and digest them externally to provide the chloropseudopod with additional nutrients it cannot get from photosynthesis alone.

Additional Information

Perception and Sensory Capabilities

The eye cup on top of the organism can detect light and darkness, as well as the general direction of light, during the day this is used to track the sun with its hood, but when the light levels fall sufficiently, chloropseudopods begin filter feeding with their feeding tendrils.
EXTINCT
Genetic Ancestor(s)
Genetic Descendants
Scientific Name
Chloropseudopod inexpectans
Origin/Ancestry
Phytozoa
Average Height
5 cm

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