Four-Eyed Stumpworm

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Four-Eyed Stumpworm
(Mascaclypea tetraoptica)
Artwork of Four-Eyed Stumpworm
Species is extinct.
5/32, replaced by descendant
Creator Irinya Other
Taxonomy
Domain
Kingdom
Subkingdom
Phylum
Class
Order
Family
Genus
Species
Eukaryota
Binucleozoa
Symbiovermes
Thoracocephalia
Archaeoherpetia
Brachiovermiformes
Mascaclypeidae
Mascaclypea
Mascaclypea tetraoptica
Week/Generation 5/31
Habitat Southwest Beach, Southeast Beach
Size 16 cm Long
Primary Mobility Unknown
Support Unknown
Diet Mucivore (Bubbletree sap)
Respiration Passive (Porous Cuticle)
Thermoregulation Ectotherm
Reproduction Sexual (Lays broods of eggs)


The four-eyed stumpworm has some major developments to its anatomy compared to its immediate ancestor, the sheilded stumpworm. To remain safe from predators, its body has shortened to the point that it is permanently in a "collapsed" state without having to expend energy, and its arms are almost always covering its soft head. The latter detail may be the reason for its most bizarre development—that is, it has evolved two pairs of primitive eyes on its arms, rather than on the actual head which they are guarding. This allows it to sense light, dark, and movement without leaving any part of its body vulnerable to attack. It dwells in the leaf litter of Sagan's forests. It has also evolved articulated claw-like extensions of its arms serving as mandibles, which it uses to puncture the bark at the bases of purple bubble trees so that it can feed on the fluids within.

Notes

This species' description was partially rewritten by Disgustedorite in January 2021.

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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)
  • Poison Krugg (phylum Thoracocephalia)