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Tide neospoggia
Topic Started: Feb 20 2011, 11:58 AM (342 Views)
StinglessBee
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Name: Tide neospoggia
Size: up to 20cm tall, usually shorter
Diet: a mixture of photosynthesis and filter-feeding
Time: mid-late Carboniferous
Habitat: coasts, around N. Pangeia and the islands of Siberia-Kazakstania and N. China

A descendent of ivy neospoggia, the tide neospoggia is a small neospoggia that lives entirely on the coasts: protected from exposure to the open air by it's thick layer of mucus when it is exposed by the tides. Meanwhile, it's food catchers retreat into the main stalk, ensuring that they aren't damaged. With the exception of their mucus, however, they are relatively defenceless against shore line predators: many land-living cephalostia with strong enough beaks will ignore the mucus and have a small feast on the vulnerable neospoggia.

In an example of convergant evolution with home earth's corals, tide neospoggia have learned to coexist with symbiotic algae living within specialised food catchers. This is one of several factors that has led to them being a fairly invasive species: ensuring that they are not totally relient on sunlight or the population of plankton as other sessile coast dwellers often are. Meanwhile, their mucus is still perfectly capable of smothering nearby competition. Fortunately for other species, tide neospoggia have a short lifespan compared to other neospoggia: with most eventually being battered into destruction by the tides or the more violent storms. As such, tide neospoggia breed whenever high tide and warm, relatively gentle conditions co-incide.
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Nice, looks like this species has a lot of potential.
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Bexi
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i think that pictures might be very helpful
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Bexi
Feb 20 2011, 03:40 PM
i think that pictures might be very helpful
Holbenilord did draw a basic sketch here of an average neospoggia. I would try to improve on it, but I honestly can't draw and the only artist I know with enough time to draw one if I beg enough is on holiday at the moment.

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Nice, looks like this species has a lot of potential.

Thanks.
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