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Harpoon Mite
Topic Started: Mar 4 2011, 04:08 AM (551 Views)
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Name: Harpoon Mite
Time: Late Carboniferous
Size: 8-10cm
Diet: Carnivore
Habitat: Rope Reed marshes of Gondwana

Related to the more sedentary Butcher Mites, they are the terror of other sigmatatora and cephalostia alike. Unlike their Butcher Mites relatives, these are more active hunters, swimming around the rope weeds in search of prey. They swim in a S pattern and are capable of sudden birth of speed. Other their eyes they also use a lateral line, similar to Butcher Mites but not as advanced, to sense prey and predators. When prey is detected they attack with a sudden burst of speed and strike it with it's spear-like mouth. When the prey is dead they take it to the marsh bottom to feed on it.

They have evolved a more advanced swim bladder to able them to spend a long time swimming around the plants in search of food. They are known to fall prey to larger species, if a threat is detected they speed of and can also use their mouth for defence.
They reproduce asexually and they lay their eggs on the stems of Rope Reeds which are fircely defended by one of the parents.
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V. nice. And I've just thought of something for it to eat.
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