Treeworms

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Treeworms
First Appearance

14/93

Census

17 total / 0 extant

Progenitor

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Community and Production Information
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Treeworms are an extinct branch of binucleid worms which developed photosynthesis and became sessile flora.

The Tree Worm line.

Anatomy

The lotusworm shrub was the first to posses most of the general traits of the Treeworms.

The Treeworms generally consist of two blue leaves held on stalks, a long tongue that is buried in the ground to absorb water and nutrients, and a flower-like reproductive organ.

Behavior

Treeworms have a two-stage life cycle. The larva, once born from an egg, will search for a suitable spot to plant. Once found, they will dig into the soil, and push their tongue into the ground, thus becoming an adult. Adults will hold up their leaves, using their eyes to shift the leaves into suitable positions.


Breathing and Blood

The Treeworms breath through their skin and have red blood like their worm ancestors. They perform orange light photosynthesis which is why the chloroplasts in their "leaf-wings" are colored blue.

Diet & Energy

Most treeworms get their energy from photosynthesis. The exception to this is the descendants of the cave torch, which rely on filter feeding as their main source of energy.

Evolution

The lobed solarworm , the ancestor of the Treeworms.

All Treeworms evolved from the lobed solarworm, which evolved primitive photosynthetic ability. This happened when it adapted its ancestor's ability to gather heat with its large wings,for photosynthesizing.The first Treeworm to evolve to have the general posture and structure of the Treeworm group was the lotusworm shrub.





Locomotion

While all but the most primitive adults are immobile, the larva move to its plantation spot by walking, wiggling, or, in the case of the shallow-water Treeworm, using their juvenile wing leaves to paddle through the water to a new location.

Reproduction

Most Treeworms use a sexual flower-like organ to exchange reproductive material. They are pollinated by the xenobee and its decedents. They hatch their larva by means of eggs.

Senses

Most Treeworms have primitive eyes which they use to detect sunlight as adults, and to find a plantation site as larva

Size

Most Treeworms range between 1 and 5 meters tall.

Types of Treeworms

The bambelura and its decedents are perhaps the most unique branch of Treeworms.

All Treeworms evolved from the lobed solarwormTreeworms come in many types with independent characteristics:

Generic Treeworms - The main group of Treeworms, described by the anatomy section. These include all Treeworms not specified here.

Decedents of bambelura - General characteristics are four low lying leaves not supported by stalks, and usage of filter feeding as their main source of energy.

Decedents of altar bloomworm - General characteristics are cone shaped leaves not supported by stalks, and with a protective coating.

Decedents of hatching shrubworm - General characteristics are that larva are contained in advanced eggs underground, the larva move aboveground and immediately settle.

Extinction

The ice comet disaster of Gen. 125 wiped out all lifeforms over 1 meter, killing off the Treeworms.