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|Ocean Dragons; New Predators|
|Topic Started: Oct 5 2010, 05:42 PM (819 Views)|
|The Dodo||Oct 5 2010, 05:42 PM Post #1|
Name: Ocean Dragons
Time: Early-Late Carboniferous
Size: 4-9m long
Habitat: Oceans around the globe
After the Devonian mass extinction the top predator position became open, in the Devonian this position was taken by cephalostians. Cephalostians
managed to take back a lot of niches after the extinction, however they didn't manage to take back the top predator position. Instead this went to a type of predatory arthrochaete related to the extinct River Dragons of the Devonian.
They live in oceans through out the world, though they avoid the colder areas during the later Carboniferous. Some of the smaller species live and hunt in Neospoggia forests. They have a long body and a flattened tail used to swim through the water, species that live in shallow seas have stronger legs to walk along the bottom. They have a beak-like mouth used to kill prey though some developed front legs into sharp, stabbing instruments in the late Carboniferous. They prey on a varitey of organisms from cephalostians to other arthrochaetes, they are ambush hunters taking prey by surprise in short, quick bursts of speed.
They usually breed once or twice a year, most leave their eggs in hidden locations to look after themselves tough a few larger species guard their eggs and their young when they hatch before abandoning them.
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