Saltail

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Saltail
(Baccaliceps salsus)
Main image of Saltail
Species is extinct.
19/125, sinking of Huggs Island
Information
CreatorBioCat Other
Week/Generation17/111
HabitatHuggs Beach, Huggs Island
Size45 cm Tall
Primary MobilitySessile
SupportUnknown
DietPhotosynthesis
RespirationPassive (Stomata)
ThermoregulationEctotherm
ReproductionSexual (Berries, Puffy Airborne Pollen), Asexual Budding
Taxonomy
Domain
Kingdom
Subkingdom
Division
Class
Order
Family
Genus
Species
Eukaryota
Phoenoplastida
Phoenophyta (info)
Rhagioanthia
Phoenopoopsida
Phoenopoales
Textudotyphaceae
Baccaliceps
Baccaliceps salsus
Ancestor:Descendants:

The saltail split from its ancestor to inhabit the barren Huggs beach. There it had to adapt to a new salty humid environment. Some berries were washed to the nearby Huggs island there they grow as well. It is taller and fleshier than its ancestor enabling it to spread its pollen with the wind with more ease and to store the needed fresh water. It releases the salt it gathers from the beach water through its leaves making them covered by a white salty coating. This coating also helps it lose less water through evaporation.

It has two main reproduction organs, the "Repro-Head" and "Repro-Tail". The repro-head is a fleshy red bulb at the top of the stalk. To this sticky bulb the airborne pollen of other saltails sticks and gets absorbed to fertilize the plant. Later berries grow from there to spread around its seeds. In Huggs island these berries are fleshier and the seeds are more resistant being spread by fauna while in Huggs coast they are smaller and spread by the wind rolling them around the beach. The repro-tail is an organ that grows above the repro-head. It is covered with tiny hatches and filled with pollen. When the wind blows it releases the pollen through the hatches.

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)
  • Yuccagave (order Phoenopoales)
  • Scrubland Quhft (class Phoenopoopsida)