Gigaphant

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Gigaphant
(Altiursielephas elegigantus)
Artwork of Gigaphant
Species is extinct.
8/54, outcompeted by Tuskelak
Creator Russ1 Other
Taxonomy
Domain
Kingdom
Phylum
Class
Subclass
Order
Family
Subfamily
Genus
Species
Eukaryota
Mancerxa
Chloropodia
Barbellophyta
Mystacotheria
Ursielephantiformes
Ursielephantidae
Altielephantinae
Altiursielephas
Altiursielephas elegigantus
Week/Generation 7/47
Habitat Ittiz-Nuke Rainforest, Nuke Temperate Forest, Ovi-Hydro Savanna
Size 6 m Tall
Primary Mobility Unknown
Support Unknown
Diet Herbivore (Giant Pambu, Pink Pambu, Speckled Berry Plant)
Respiration Active (Lungs)
Thermoregulation Mesotherm
Reproduction Sexual, two sexes, live birth


This is the pink plandaphant evolved. To be able to get the full advantage of the giant pambu's richness or that of any plant, the gigaphant’s stomach now has three separate chambers to increase the efficiency of digestion. This, however, means its stomach has ballooned. It has a large jaw with a huge battery of teeth, which is used to break up the tough plants, like pambu, to increase digestion efficiency (increasing the surface area). Its trunk has not grown any longer, but now has thick muscle. This is because the gigaphant has evolved to eat the tops of the giant pambu, as they are the most succulent and no other creature can reach them, but sufficient force is needed to rip them off, explaining the trunk. Its eyes are on the top of its head to see over the pambu for any predators that may prey on their young, like the tusked sauceback.

In the ‘fight or flight’ scenario, the gigaphant will choose flight. It has evolved to be an efficient runner for its size, with long muscular legs and no tail it can turn quickly, outrunning any danger, such as a forest fire. As this creature evolved, its strength meant it could knock down the pambu in its way, creating large corridors in the forest which are used by the other animals. The sail has degenerated, leaving the gigaphant with only reddened lumps. As the creature got bigger, it spread out to the Nuke Temperate Forest and the Ovi and Hydro Savanna. Forest gigaphants travel in groups of no more than three, as too many individuals result in serious depletion of the local foliage. The savanna gigaphants, however, travel in large family groups. To give birth, the females must squat down to prevent injury to the baby.

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)
  • Dualtrunk (subclass Mystacotheria)
  • Diet Fatruck (class Barbellophyta)