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Sprisher

As Bobbers grew in size and their descendants diversified, one of them started to tend towards carnivory by hardening its feelers and turning them to spikes. Sprishers roam the rivers with its feelers ready to grab creatures swimming around. It also uses them for defense. Pictured here a sprisher approaches a stream to look for food during the early morning on Kub Shay

Basic Information

Anatomy

The sprisher is similar to the bobber in body shape. It needs to dip its breathing tail into water regularly to keep it moisturized as if it dries up it would be unable to breathe. It internalized its leg armor to help keep it upright and its dorsal armor expanded to encompass the entirety of its back. Internally both structures are interconnected to bring stability to the organism. It has evolved muscles connecting these new bones to aid with locomotion. Its two feelers have its tips mineralized and are sharp allowing it to spear through smaller prey, although larger food is grasped with the fealers. It has mineralized bumpy protrusions on each side of its mouth to break down prey a bit before swallowing. It has one eye to either side of the head to have a better view of the water to find prey. The dorsal armor is slightly devided in sections. The middle three segments of armor are wrapping around the underside of the creature. The shell also has internal portions witch anchor the four limbs.

Genetics and Reproduction

Female sprishers have developed eggs that encase the embryo in a soft cover while it develops. They deposit their eggs on their tails covered in a slimy sticky substance where they will stay until they hatch, the tail is frequently moistened when it dips its tail on the water. The male sprishers mount and fertilize the females when they see one with eggs in the tail. Multiple males can attempt to fertilize one female but the first one is usually the one that fertilizes the largest amount of eggs.

Growth Rate & Stages

Sprishers start out their life as eggs in their mother’s tail. Once they are old enough to hatch they live their youth mostly submerged fighting creatures close to their size, including each other, the few that survive to adulthood spend the rest of their lives impaling their prey to eat and later reproduce.

Ecology and Habitats

It lives in rivers and marshes of Kub Shay hunting organisms passing by.

Additional Information

Perception and Sensory Capabilities

Improved eyesight to detect prey under the water surface. Has a sense of touch to detect movement and can detect its skin dry. The feelers also retain chemosensitivity.
EXTINCT
Genetic Ancestor(s)
Scientific Name
Aqua infigens
Origin/Ancestry
Pseudotetrapoda
Lifespan
8 local years
Average Height
1 m
Average Length
2 m
Geographic Distribution

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