Jongfoll

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Jongfoll
(Latrocortexia crassdactylos)
Artwork of Jongfoll
Species is extant.
Creator Coolsteph Other
Taxonomy
Domain
Kingdom
Phylum
Class
Subclass
Order
Family
Genus
Species
Eukaryota
Mancerxa
Chloropodia
Phyllauria
Xylodonta
Exododonta
Latrocortexiidae
Latrocortexia
Latrocortexia crassdactylos
Week/Generation 24/153
Habitat Darwin Temperate Rainforest
Size 24 cm Long
Primary Mobility Unknown
Support Endoskeleton (Jointed Wood)
Diet Omnivore; Herbivore (Tribranch Grovecrystal roots and buds), Frugivore (Tubeplage fruit), Carnivore (Monostage Dirteater, Grovecrystal Krugg, newly hatched or young Bighorn Krugg, newly hatched or young Bloodbacks, newly hatched Nagraj, Dungshell Fraboo larvae and pupae, Exoskelesor), Ovivore (Grovecrystal Krugg eggs, Dungshell Fraboo eggs, Bighorn Krugg eggs, Exoskelesor eggs), Scavenger
Respiration Active (Lungs)
Thermoregulation Mesotherm (Bark)
Reproduction Sexual, Live Birth, Two Sexes

The jongfoll is broader and heavier than its ancestor, the barkback. Therefore they are poor climbers, and are better at climbing when they are younger and lighter. Despite their disadvantages in climbing, they may still climb tubeplages to harvest fruits that are higher up.

As a mostly terrestrial creature, it acquires most of its food from the ground. With its thick fingers, it claws at the ground to expose eggs, roots, and soil-living organisms. Protective exoskeletons are usually not a problem for its thick wooden beak. (Bighorn Kruggs are an exception.) While the Monostage Dirteater is more difficult to eat than crunchy Kruggs, it's apparently a favored food of jongfolls. Jongfolls may spend several minutes gnawing at Monostage Dirteaters while sitting upright, bringing to mind a squirrel with a nut. They often eat their Monostage Dirteaters near a pool of water.

The food-gathering behavior of Jongfolls has a degree of variability. Some individuals only claw at Exoskelesor nests if they are damaged or unprotected, while others claw and gnaw at lightly fortified nests. Some eat Monostage Dirteaters one at a time, while others store multiple Monostage Dirteaters, puffin-like, in their thick beak, so they may eat them at their leisure within the protection of a crude, shallow burrow or natural ditch or pit. In the former case, the individuals often dunk the Monostage Dirteaters in water after a few minutes, or drink water immediately after finishing their meals. It's hypothesized that Jongfolls do this to drown the Monostage Dirteaters, which are adapted to air, and thus weaken them. As for drinking water, more tentatively it's suggested that eating Monostage Dirteaters makes them thirsty.

Though they eat carrion, other organisms, such as the Bighorn Krugg, are bigger, tougher, and faster than Jongfolls, meaning Jongfolls rarely have the opportunity to eat carrion. However, Jongfolls are faster than Dense-Carapace Kruggs. While at a carcass, Jongfolls can gnaw at cartilage with their wooden beaks, though they are not as effective at doing so as Bighorn Kruggs.

Jongfolls move on all fours only awkwardly, as their arms are poorly adapted for locomotion and their hands' flatness is similar to human or raccoon hands. They cannot run quickly or jump high, though they do have a tendency to make short "hops."

During the breeding season, a pore on the lower back secretes a brownish fluid. Other Jongfolls detect the airborne compounds of this secretion, and are drawn to it. This fluid's smell (as perceived by humans) is comparable to caramel.

Jongfolls are eaten by the following organisms: Goliath Flunejaws, Robust Rainforest Ukjaws, and Plentshirshu. Of these, the Plentshirshu is its most common predator, as they both dig to acquire their food and Jongfolls may inadvertently use Plentshirshu burrows that are unfortunately not abandoned.


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