Malakommalis

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Malakommalis
(Mucoritesta petrificans)
Artwork of Malakommalis
Species is extant.
Creator Rhodix Other
Taxonomy
Domain
Kingdom
Phylum
Class
Order
Family
Genus
Species
Eukaryota
Krakowozoa
Petrozoa
Creolitha
Mycopetroi
Mucoritestidae
Mucoritesta
Mucoritesta petrificans
Week/Generation 7/44
Habitat LadyM Open Ocean, Glicker-Wright Reef
Size 2-200 cm Long
Primary Mobility Unknown
Support Unknown
Diet Endoparasite (almost all sea animals)
Respiration Unknown
Thermoregulation Ectotherm
Reproduction Asexual (Spores and budding)

This amorphous creature appeared from crystal root spores that had started to develop the capacity to adhere and grow inside the gastric socket of aquatic animals, becoming a parasite. When the spores remain in suspension in the water, they can easily be ingested by the animals, especially if these have a filter feeding diet. When inside of the animal, the spores start to develop small colonies on the walls of the stomach, growing larger by budding.

Animals with softer corporal structures are more vulnerable to the development of malakommalis, because when it grows, it sucks the water and the nutrients from the animal host cells, making the walls of these cells rigid due to the accumulation of minerals. When the cells are very rigid, the parasite can't develop and searches for new cells, coming close to the external surface of the animal. When it reaches the skin, it comes back into contact with the sea water, producing diverse yellow spores that are set free and carried by the water. After the release of the spores, the Malakommalis cells die.

The growth inside of the host isn't uniform and, for this reason, diverse spots can appear over its body decurrent of the presence of spores or deceased cells of malakommalis. If the host is very small, it can die very easily because its cells will lose functionality and its body hardens, making it sink to the sea bottom as an animal rock.

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)
  • Lijulait (order Mycopetroi)