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Death spot
Topic Started: Feb 12 2011, 10:08 AM (620 Views)
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Hopefully this'll help bring back this project

Name: Death Spot
Size: each individual is up to 25mm across, as a colony they are usually 50cm across but could easily grow larger provided they had a sufficient amount of nutrients.
Time: late Carboniferous
Diet: partially photosynthetic (see below)
Habitat: in shallow water, often nutrient poor or murky water or along migration routes

Post-Devonian gelascaphians are usually represented by podplants: with these organisms occuring across both land and sea. However, these are far from the only kind of gelascaphian. The devonian cluster spot for instance had several descendents. Due to the increasing competition for space in the nutrient rich areas of the sea from pod plants, the various cluster spot descendents became increasingly associated with the harsher environments: the places limited sunlight and nutrients, the wastelands of the shallow seas. As a result, these are notable for having a primitive root system- having had to evolve one in order to gain additional nutrients to survive in these environments. Similarly, due to the lack of herbivorous creatures in these areas, several species became able to slowly release their spores to the ocean currents as they died; with their spores growing on any vaguely fertile ground they landed on.

However, these are far from the most unusual adaptation towards life in these wastelands. The death spot is a clear representation of this. Whilst in other members of the cluster spot family, upon an individual being eaten by a herbivore the spores pass harmlessly through the herbivore's digestive system and grow in a fertilizing pile of faces, something very different occurs with the death spot. Upon an individual being eaten, the poisons inside it kill the herbivore. The spores then sprout, eventually covering the corpse in a mixture of roots and green lumps filled with spores themselves. Upon using up all the nutrients in the rotting corpse, it lasts a few more days before dieing and releasing its remaining spores to the ocean currents, wherein they begin growing where ever they find nutrients: starting the life cycle again.

Unsurprisingly, the death spot is frequently found along herbivore migration routes: killing off the most hungry of the herbivores on the way between neospoggia forests.
Edited by StinglessBee, Mar 3 2011, 02:15 PM.
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