Scuttlehopper

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Scuttlehopper
(Saltocaris aridus)
Artwork of Scuttlehopper
Species is extinct.
15/101, gamma-ray burst
Creator Hydromancerx Other
Taxonomy
Domain
Kingdom
Subkingdom
Phylum
Class
Order
Family
Genus
Species
Eukaryota
Binucleozoa
Symbiovermes
Thoracocephalia
Entomocarcinia
Gryllocarides
Saltocaridae
Saltocaris
Saltocaris aridus
Week/Generation 7/41
Habitat Ittiz Desert
Size 15 cm Long
Primary Mobility Unknown
Support Unknown
Diet Herbivore (Plurge)
Respiration Active (Microlungs)
Thermoregulation Ectotherm
Reproduction Sexual (Lays a brood of small, soft, Snail-like eggs in the roots of the Plurge Plant)


The scuttlehopper migrated from its beach home to the Ittiz Desert. It is now nocturnal and eats the plurge plant. Since the heat and dryness is so extreme, it can no longer carry beach puffs on its back. However, it still has some of the pigment from it left over, which it uses as camouflage. It can not longer symbiotically photosynthesize, though. It travels from one plant to another by hopping on four kicking legs and two claws which have converted into support spurs. These spurs, along with the grasping spines on the back legs, help it climb up the plurge plants. Its mandibles have grown larger and stronger so it can pierce through the hard dry bark and get to the wet juicy insides. Due to its nocturnal nature, its eyes have grown bigger as well to see in the dark. During the day, they sleep in burrows below the plurge and lay their eggs there as well.

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)
  • Creab Walker (class Entomocarcinia)