Purpletop

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Purpletop
(Purpureumapex sphaera)
Main image of Purpletop
Species is extinct.
19/125, sinking of Huggs Island
Information
CreatorVivus Other
Week/Generation17/115
HabitatHuggs Island
Size1 cm Wide
Primary MobilityUnknown
SupportUnknown
DietPhotosynthesis
RespirationPassive (Stomata)
ThermoregulationEctotherm
ReproductionSuper Fast Asexual Budding. Very Resistant Spores
Taxonomy
Domain
Kingdom
Subkingdom
Division
Class
Order
Family
Subfamily
Genus
Species
Eukaryota
Phoenoplastida
Phoenophyta (info)
Spherophyta (info)
Euspherophyta
Collospherales
Collospheraceae
Purpureapicoideae
Purpureumapex
Purpureumapex sphaera
Ancestor:Descendants:

The purpletop has split from stickyballs. It is very similar to its ancestor but forms a hollow sphere rather than a solid one. The purpletop cells have differentiated into two types. Those that no longer function photosynthetically (dark violet colored) but continue to excrete the sticky fluid. They operate as a pseudo-foot, sticking to anything like its ancestor but with more potent adhesion, making it very difficult to forcibly detach. The remaining cells (purple colored) have become super efficient photosynthesis.

The purpletop's hollow interior serves no purpose at the moment but it could evolve to use this space as storage (e.g. water during dry periods). This enables it to survive under arid desert conditions.

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)
  • Hemoglobe (order Collospherales)
  • Podweed (class Euspherophyta)