Leatherback Scuttlecrab

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Leatherback Scuttlecrab
(Triucanceri exoderma)
Artwork of Leatherback Scuttlecrab
Species is extinct.
15/101, gamma-ray burst
Creator Irinya Other
Taxonomy
Domain
Kingdom
Subkingdom
Phylum
Class
Order
Family
Genus
Species
Eukaryota
Binucleozoa
Symbiovermes
Thoracocephalia
Entomocarcinia
Chelaticimecia
Triucanceriidae
Triucanceri
Triucanceri exoderma
Week/Generation 5/33
Habitat Southwest Beach, Southeast Beach
Size 30 cm Long
Primary Mobility Unknown
Support Unknown
Diet Omnivore (Beach Puffs, Small Plents, Stumpworms and other Scuttlecrabs)
Respiration Active (Microlungs)
Thermoregulation Ectotherm
Reproduction Sexual (Lays a brood of small, soft, snail-like eggs in a hole in the moist sand on the beaches)


The leatherback scuttlecrab evolved from a line of the crawling stumpworm that had formed a symbiotic relationship with Testudohexapodia spherus. T. spherus benefits from this relationship as it can distribute its spores over a much larger area, and it can also bloom constantly due to the supply of nutrients it gains from its host. The scuttlecrab also benefits, as it gains a small amount of energy through photosynthesis, and the T. spherus cells also secrete a substance which both neutralizes the acid of the stumpworm sucker and prevents the stickyballs from attaching themselves.


The front legs on each side have fused into a pair of pincers, while the four rear legs have become strong enough to lift the scuttlecrab's weight. As a result, the leatherback scuttlecrab is a fast and efficient small predator. It can hunt small plents, such as young nobomaton, and even kills stumpworms and other scuttlecrabs. Another development of the leatherback scuttlecrab is a thick leather-like skin, which has grown over its exoskeleton. This hide is made from a combination of modified internal flesh cells and also those of t. spherus. The scuttlecrab lives predominantly on the beaches, although its range extends a short way into the flatlands.

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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)
  • Qasqas (class Entomocarcinia)