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|Tree-breaker quintapod; another terrestrial cephalostian|
|Topic Started: Oct 23 2010, 07:41 AM (674 Views)|
|StinglessBee||Oct 23 2010, 07:41 AM Post #1|
Name: Tree-breaker quintapod
Time: late Carboniferous
Size: 0.7-2m long
Diet: herbivorous, eating the various neocharophytes, gelascaphians and fungi which grow between rope trees
Habitat: rope tree vineland
Quintapods are a lineage of terrestrial cephalostians which, unlike the smaller manders, retain the use of the fifth limb, using it to spread their weight as they move slowly across the land. Quintapods, however, share the serrated beak and 3 eyes that characterise many terrestrial cephalostians.
Tree-breaker quintapods are noticeable for having a shovel like beak, which they use to uproot rope trees in their search for food. This, combined with the fact that they are constantly on the move, results in small clearings and pathways being created through the vineland. A variety of creatures take advantage of their movements in order to feast on the small creatures often revealed by the quintapod moving through the vineland.
Tree-breakers are normally solitary, but they do gather by lakes and rivers in large groups for the mating season. The eggs are still laid in freshwater, and the young eat the various aquatic neocharophytes until they grow large enough to make it on their own.
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