Mud Finworm

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Mud Finworm
(Vermisiluro neobubblevore)
Main image of Mud Finworm
Species is extinct.
22/?, unknown cause
Information
CreatorHydromancerx Other
Week/Generation18/120
HabitatBone River, Bone Swamp
Size20 cm Long
Primary MobilityUnknown
SupportExoskeleton (Chitin)
DietHerbivore (River Bubbleweed)
RespirationUnknown
ThermoregulationEctotherm
ReproductionHermaphrodite, Eggs attached to River Bubbleweed leaves
Taxonomy
Domain
Kingdom
Subkingdom
Phylum
Class
Subclass
Order
Family
Genus
Species
Eukaryota
Binucleozoa
Symbiovermes (info)
Thoracocephalia
Optidorsalia
Polyptera (info)
Naiadoptera
Sagittavermidae
Vermisiluro
Vermisiluro neobubblevore
Ancestor:Descendants:

The mud finworm split from its ancestor, the bubbleweed sea finworm. It has returned to the river where it replaced its distant ancestor the finworm. It feeds only on the river bubbleweed. Its camouflage and 12 eyes gave it an advantage over the finworm. It also has evolved 4 feelers on the end of its beak to feel around in the very muddiest waters.

It will prefer to eat the inferior leaves of the river bubbleweed and lay eggs under the upper ones. For this purpose, the back fins are longer and it can move and curl its long extremities. It will stay upside down under the leaf and, with the back fins, hang and walk under the leaf, doing short steps and laying its eggs in clusters. When hatched, the offspring will be near to a secure place for hiding, doing short tours around the plant and going to surface to get air.

Like its ancestor its body is very hydrodynamic. To swim fast, it will move like an Earth-fish and put its wings close to the body and joined over its back, moving them backward, and thus cutting the water like a blade. The wings are partially fused, improving the movement. When threatened, they swim really fast towards surface, then opening their wings to perform a short glide. Powered flight was lost, since their wings are thinker and heavier than before.

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)
  • Marine Finworm (genus Vermisiluro)
  • Seafin (order Naiadoptera)
  • Tufted Thermoworm (subclass Polyptera)