Crabble

Crabbles are small crustaceans endemic to the Kazaharo Cliffs on Dracosei, primarily inhabiting Straggler's Bay.

Anatomy

Crabbles have a very unique anatomy for a crustacean species on Dracosei. Closely related to crabs, they have three pairs of walking legs and a pair of claws on flexible appendages that stick out from below their "plate". Their body is what is referred to as a "plate", a large round exoskeleton with a rocky exterior, and a ribbon-like fin around the outskirts. Crabbles differ in colour but are typically brown, with an orange ribbon.

Their eyes sit on the tops of their heads, on immovable stalks. These stalks cannot be rotated, making seeing its surroundings troubling for this species. Their three eyes are independent from each other however, which helps them see whatever they can. It is unknown what prompted this adaptation, but it is certain that it is diminishing and does not help the crabble in any way.

Diet

Crabbles are omnivorous, mostly consuming meat. They use their claws to dig out invertebrates in the sand as well as scavenging for other foods. They have been seen eating small fish, shrimp and krill, plankton, other crustaceans including small crabs and lobsters, other crabbles, as well as sea-grasses, lichen and algae.

They are able to process almost any type of food, which helps them when there is a shortage, not that there ever is.

Reproduction

Because of their awkward biological plan that makes mating almost impossible, crabbles reproduce asexually. They are able to release sperm cells into a small hole on the top of their plates where the egg cell is found, releasing sperm cells through a small hole in the middle of their claws. This hole is so small it can only be seen with a microscope.

Crabble reproduction fascinates scientists, because it is the largest asexually reproducing species on the planet, and the only one to reproduce in this manner.

Crabbles give birth to thousands of children at once, which expel from the tops of their plates with a gust of wind. Baby crabbles form giant "waves", where millions of them at once scatter along the beaches of Kazaharo Cliffs, creating a brown sea of crustaceans. These waves cause feeding frenzies with predators. Which helps keep the population in check.

Behaviour

To most people, crabbles are emotionless. Their actions are incredibly subtle, and it takes a lot of effort to understand them.
Scientists have established some crabble's emotions:
  • Happy crabbles will start to shiver. They don't shiver much, and it cannot be seen from far away, but it is very noticeable closer up.
  • Angry/Territorial crabbles will lift some of their legs up for long period of time, and every so often will stomp them on the ground repeatedly.
  • Sad crabbles will sit down and not stand up. They retreat their legs back into their plates and close their eyes. It is exceptionally difficult to convince a sad crabble to stand up, and instead you should let it get up on its own.

  • Kazaharo Cliffs

    Food Source

    As a common species to be found in Straggler's Bay, where many inhabit, crabbles are commonly eaten. They are speared through the body, directly in the centre which targets both the brain and the heart, killing the animal instantly and practically painlessly if done quickly. The animals have their eyes and eye stalks severed and discarded, while the legs are chopped off and cooked separately.

    Typically, one side of the crabble's plate is sliced off, and a broth is poured inside to form a crabble soup, but sometimes it is boiled whole and then eaten later.

    Predators

    Crabbles, especially babies, are preyed on by many species. Lots of coastal dragon species consume crabbles, as these slow-moving crustaceans are easy to crack open. Crabbles have been eaten by cliffhangers, potbellies, cavernous creepers, night lights, among many other dragon species.
    Crabble by Mochi
    Lifespan
    20 years
    Average Height
    20cm
    Geographic Distribution

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    Aster Blackwell
    3 Dec, 2022 22:06

    "but it is certain that it is diminishing and does not help the crabble in any way." Hahahahah this made me chuckle. Poor guys

    4 Dec, 2022 09:56

    I do feel bad for them xD They're so cute though :)

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    4 Dec, 2022 12:33

    I love this article. They seem to be a very impractical critter, but they do sound quite tasty! I wonder how many crabbles comes from the reproduction. Are they overpopulated the planet? I could imagine them being a bit problematic for the environment considering they practically eats anything.   A really good article. Love your drawing <3

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    4 Dec, 2022 12:51

    I'm so glad you like the article and the art! I hadn't really thought of how many babies they have, but now I think about it I'm imagining them having thousands, which causes waves of little crabbles on the sand and lots of predators having a feeding frenzy, which makes the population not-so-overwhelming. Thank you for making me think about it, I can't wait to write!

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    8 Dec, 2022 22:56

    Hahaha poor crabbles with their mostly useless eyes. I want one as a pet. I love the little bit about their emotions. Sad crabble. :( <3

    Emy x   Etrea | Vazdimet
    9 Dec, 2022 07:19

    I think I might introduce crabbles as pets, because they're sooooo cute! Thank you for liking and commenting!

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    14 Dec, 2022 18:29

    They are so weird and fun. Great article accompanied by an enlightening artwork!

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