Swarming Beakworm

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Swarming Beakworm
(Ichthyvermi swarmus)
Artwork of Swarming Beakworm
Species is extinct.
3/16, replaced by descendant
Creator Krakow Sam Other
Taxonomy
Domain
Kingdom
Subkingdom
Phylum
Class
Order
Family
Genus
Species
Eukaryota
Binucleozoa
Symbiovermes
Pterigiophora
Rostroichthyes
Vermirostrates
Ichthyvermidae
Ichthyvermi
Ichthyvermi swarmus
Week/Generation 2/14
Habitat Open Ocean
Size 7 cm Long
Primary Mobility Unknown
Support Unknown
Diet Carnivore (Anything that moves)
Respiration Passive (Transcutaneous)
Thermoregulation Ectotherm
Reproduction Hermaphrodite (Eggs)


As larger predators began appearing, the schooling beakworm soon began to appear on the menu. As a response they became smaller in size, but greater in number. A swarm can contain as many as 150 worms (each about the size of a sardine). They move restlessly around in the open water looking for medium-sized or small prey, which they tear apart with their razor-sharp beaks. Large predators are avoided by moving rapidly in a loose, churning cloud, confusing them and dazzling them with their slightly silvery skin. Their eyes have developed a crude pupil, allowing them to regulate the amount of light entering. The crest, originally used to attract mates (and now useless for that purpose) has stiffened to become something like a dorsal fin.

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)
  • Snapperworm (class Rostroichthyes)