Flood Shellworm

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Flood Shellworm
(Obscuricochlea redundo)
Main image of Flood Shellworm
Species is extinct.
21/137, Replaced by Descendant
Information
CreatorBioCat Other
Week/Generation17/112
HabitatHuck Limestone Caves
Size16 cm Long
Primary MobilityUnknown
SupportUnknown
DietCoprophagic (Dung and Feces), Detritivore (Decaying fauna and flora), Herbivore (inswept seeds)
RespirationUnknown
ThermoregulationEctotherm
ReproductionSexual, Two Sexes, Eggs laid in mucus-sacs floating in cave pools
Taxonomy
Domain
Kingdom
Subkingdom
Phylum
Class
Order
Family
Genus
Species
Eukaryota
Binucleozoa
Symbiovermes (info)
Conchovermizoa (info)
Euconchovermes
Crustavermiformes
Crustavermidae
Obscuricochlea
Obscuricochlea redundo
Ancestor:Descendants:

The flood shellworm split from its ancestor when swept by floods into the Huck Limestone Caves. There it found a barren cave filled with decaying flora that were swept in by floods and generally lots of possible food. It has adapted to its new environment in many ways. It can fold its legs, horns, and scraping back legs into its shell. It uses this ability in case of a surprise flood for protection. It can also survive without air for a few days by lowering it's metabolism to almost nothing by an immediate emergency hibernation. Its main use for this ability though is in times of no food. In the dry season when all the food in the cave is already eaten the flood shellworm climbs the cave walls, digs a small hole, and folds itself down in it appearing as part of the wall there it hibernates. When it feels the humidity raising due to the flood it waits for a few days and wakes up to a food filled cave. It now can feed with its entire body as its whole lower part is filled with tiny licking hairs that release digestive materials and suck the food in.

Living Relatives (click to show/hide)

These are randomly selected, and organized from lowest to highest shared taxon. (This may correspond to similarity more than actual relation)
  • Vandriswoop Shellworm (family Crustavermidae)
  • Shieldworm (order Crustavermiformes)
  • Harvester Pedesorm (class Euconchovermes)