Thorncracker Gilltail

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Thorncracker Gilltail
(Spinifractorostris testoblido)
Main image of Thorncracker Gilltail
Species is extant.
Information
CreatorBufforpington Other
Week/Generation26/161
HabitatBlocks Temperate River, Blocks Salt Marsh
Size36 cm Long
Primary MobilityUnknown
SupportUnknown
DietHerbivore (Thornstack)
RespirationSemi-Active (Ram Gill)
ThermoregulationEctotherm
ReproductionSexual, Two Sexes, Eggs into Mud
Taxonomy
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Eukaryota
Binucleozoa
Symbiovermes (info)
Pterigiophora (info)
Eupterigiophora
Argyroscolecia
Pancaudabranchia
Caudabranchia (info)
Neobranchiouriformes
Neobranchiouridae
Spinifractorostris
Spinifractorostris testoblido
Ancestor:Descendants:

The thorncracker gilltail split from its ancestor and has specialized in eating the thornstack. It uses it's strong beak to crack and break the thornstack's hard, thorny shell. It then eats the resulting pieces. It is black and dark blue so it can blend in with blocks temperate river's black mud and the thornstacks' dark blue bodies. Paradoxically, the camouflage is useless because it has no predators. It's population is kept in check by the limited amount of thornstacks to feed.