We now pseudoathropods now realtive well, and their vertebrate friends should be also no new stuff for you. But Silvanus is laso known for it's weird but wonderful Cuspipoda, a group of animals which occupy the same niche as most earthly athropods. I studied their bauplan for months and are now able to show you some of their most interesting, strangest and most beautiful members. I hope to be able to present you from now on every day one species of this group (some type of advent calendar
) but for the introduction I submit here a bunch of them.
Viridicursor and hand for scale.
Also called the "beach horse". This animal is one of the fastest Cuspipoda lives on the humus beaches of Silvanus. It's a omnivorous creature and very common on the whole moon.
Here a few basic infos about Cuspipoda:
-Their legs are actually spikes which are surrounded by muscles. They have two paired rows of them, onw inner and one outer.
-The animals feed with an pair of organs which are something between tongue, lip and radula (google is your friend)
-The boby of completely covered by an shell, only the "legs" and the Exouterus
-The Exouterus is a special organ which is important for the reproduction of the Cuspipoda, more of this stuff soon.
A small, very poisonous creature, of pair of their legs has become a hollow spike which they use to drill into leaves. It's part of an big family of parasitic, toxic Cuspipoda.
A more primitive Cuspipoda which lives in shallow waters and suck plankton from surfaces. Water is not only home of the most primitive Cuspipoda but also the biggest. Those animals have a thinner more movable shell but also sharp blade like legs which they use to hunt small prey, even some vertebrates are on their menu card.
Is a amphibious animal with three types of legs. ten for walking, eight for probing and also eight for grapping small prey. These creature has a thick shell to be protected from predators like the flying pseudoathropds which often glide over the water of their favored habitat, the tidal zone.
Cortispina is member of an extremely diverse group. They posses often very complex and colorfull structures on their back, some for defense, display, camouflage or to irritate predators. They are planteaters are live mostly in the branch habitats of the Mundodendralis.
This is another very common animal on Silvanus. You allready know it from the picture of the Feelertongues. This Cuspipoda live in the cavities of the Mundodendralis roots and feed on everything they could find but mainly the juice of the trees they inhabit.
P.s. Do you think I should make something like a "frontpage" for this project (like I did it for the GDM and Pyrungata project) with an link which brings you to the Moon from where you can go anywhere else.