Taigapin

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Taigapin
(Niphoteuthis nomei)
Main image of Taigapin
Species is extinct.
22/140, Replaced by Descendant
Information
CreatorSomarinoa Other
Week/Generation16/107
HabitatHuggs Taiga
Size50 cm Tall
Primary MobilityUnknown
SupportUnknown
DietCarnivore (Norat, Geistrat)
RespirationActive (Lungs)
ThermoregulationEndotherm
ReproductionSexual, Two Sexes (Donor and Carrier), Viviparous Birth
Taxonomy
Domain
Kingdom
Phylum
Class
Subclass
Superorder
Order
Family
Genus
Species
Eukaryota
Carpozoa
Teuthomorpha
Cystoteuthia
Pankrakenia
Herpetoteuthiformes
Lipopodoteuthii
Niphoteuthidae
Niphoteuthis
Niphoteuthis nomei
Ancestor:Descendants:

It was only a matter of time before some teuthopins found their way to Glicker by way of the south polar ice caps. This led to a small group accidentally ending up in the taiga forests, leading to an offshoot, known as the taigapin.


The taigapin are relatively similar to their ancestors; however, they now feed on the abundant norats and geistrats, and have adapted to this well. Their tridactyl hands have become tougher skin-wise, allowing them to weather bites from the quarries. Their beaks have also changed somewhat, with the upper mandible becoming relatively curved, built to cradle the base of the skull, while the lower mandible has remained sharp, and is used to slice open the neck for an easier kill. Taigapins are also well known for suffocating their prey by squeezing their posterior vents shut, thereby suffocating them.


Another transformation was their crawling limbs: these have adapted slightly to lift each limb off of the ground; this is both for a quieter movement as well as to better wield their beaks. They still possess their camouflage, and are often either brown or purple, or a mix thereof. However, various other colors exist, which are used more for communication or for expressing emotional states, such as excitement or fear. Their communicative style is somewhat more complex than their ancestors, and stripes, dots, and lines are common ways to show intent. They still use their vocal sacs for major conversing, however; markings take a similar place to body language in humans.

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)
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    Dangling Limapin (family Niphoteuthidae)
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    Ambush Setapin (order Lipopodoteuthii)
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    Cave Teuthopin (superorder Herpetoteuthiformes)