Nautipede

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Nautipede
(Pleustolitocaris shepedus)
Main image of Nautipede
Species is extinct.
21/?, unknown cause
Information
CreatorMnidjm Other
Week/Generation18/120
HabitatJujubee Ocean (Sunlight Zone)
Size75 cm Long
Primary MobilityUnknown
SupportUnknown
DietScavenger (Shelommalis infected fauna)
RespirationUnknown
ThermoregulationEctotherm
ReproductionSexual, Spores-like eggs, 2 Sexes
Taxonomy
Domain
Kingdom
Subkingdom
Phylum
Class
Order
Suborder
Family
Genus
Species
Eukaryota
Phoenoplastida
Pansegmentocaudazoa
Segmentocaudazoa
Anipeda
Scorpiocarida
Nauticarida
Mucoritestacaridae
Pleustolitocaris
Pleustolitocaris shepedus
Ancestor:Descendants:

When the pressures of predation became too great, the jumping shellpede needed a better way to survive, so they floated upward. The nautipede arose from this. While it's ancestor still survives below, the nautipede spends it whole live in the sunlight zone.

The nautipede has modified the air bladder of it's ancestors to control it's buoyantcy in the water. It has also retro-evolved its claws back, which It uses to steer. Because the nautipede moved to a different area, the malakommalis has evolved into a different spieces, The shelommalis. The two live in symbiosis. The nautipede gets protection and the shelommalis gets distribution.

The nautipedes formed a symbiotic relationship with shelommalis. When the nautipede eggs are eaten by a creature, shelommalis spores infect the helpless creature, which is then poisoned and dies. Then the eggs hatch in the corpes. The young stay their, feasting on the body until their shells become thick enough, then the float up to the sunlight zone and switch to a herbivorious lifestyle.

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)
  • Shellpede (family Mucoritestacaridae)
  • Ichthypede (class Anipeda)