Solumcrusta

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Solumcrusta
(Solum crusta)
Main image of Solumcrusta
Species is extant.
Information
CreatorMartyk Other
Week/Generation15/101
HabitatSomarinoa Coast, Clayren Coast, King Coast, BigL Coast, Flisch Coast, Yokto Coast, Ittiz Coast, Nuke Coast, Krakow Coast, Huggs Coast, Ovi Coast, Hydro Coast, North Polar Coast, South Polar Coast, Bone River, Flisch Lakes, Flisch River, Huggs River, Ichthy River, Irinya River, Krakow River, Russ River, Slarti River, Yokto River, Ittiz River, Hydro River, Nuke River, Ovi Lake, Ovi River
SizeMicroscopic
Primary MobilitySessile
SupportUnknown
DietPhotosynthesis
RespirationUnknown
ThermoregulationEctotherm
ReproductionBudding
Taxonomy
Domain
Superkingdom
Kingdom
Phylum
Class
Order
Family
Genus
Species
Eukaryota
Chlorolaiseia
Crustaphyta
Chitocutea
Eucrustaphyta
Solales
Solumaceae
Solum
Solum crusta
Ancestor:Descendants:

This particular strain of protosagania survived by following two simple rules, "strength in numbers" and "defense is the best offense".

In response to the first, they came to grow in clusters, covering areas of the ground beneath whatever body of water they were in. Growing side by side through budding, they can cover relatively large areas given time. They secure themselves into the ground using a single barbed proboscis, resulting in a rather strong grip on the ground and rendering them hard to remove. Occasionally, one newly budded solumcrusta will get caught by a strong current or passing swimmer before securing, and be taken away. Eventually when it does reach the ground, it will root and create a whole new colony. This is how the solumcrusta has become so widespread across Sagan 4. Any water clear enough for them to photosynthesize is a potential home for them.

As for the second half of their survival policy, they have developed a thin shell around their soft innards in order to better protect themselves against predators, like Cnidolium simplistica. Though thick enough to protect against most other microscopic organisms, it can be easily crushed if the creature is big enough. It's shell is comparable to the exoskeleton of many insects.

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)
  • Jellobelly (genus Solum)
  • Towercrusta (family Solumaceae)
  • Chitjornacle (phylum Chitocutea)