Blobsquid

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Blobsquid
(Nyctololigo lumos)
Main image of Blobsquid
Species is extinct.
19/125, ice comet impact event
Information
CreatorOathinBlood Other
Week/Generation15/99
HabitatJujubee Ocean (Abyss Zone)
Size1 m Long
Primary MobilityUnknown
SupportUnknown
DietCarnivore (Centifin, Dark Swarmer, Glowing Urpoi)
RespirationActive (Lungs)
ThermoregulationEctotherm
ReproductionSexual, Two Sexes (Donor and Carrier), Individual Eggs let Free into the Water
Taxonomy
Domain
Kingdom
Phylum
Class
Subclass
Order
Family
Genus
Species
Eukaryota
Carpozoa
Teuthomorpha
Cystoteuthia
Pankrakenia
Planktoteuthiformes
Planktoteuthidae
Nyctololigo
Nyctololigo lumos
Ancestor:Descendants:

The blobsquid has split from its ancestor, it's body having adapted to the abyssal waters of the ocean. It has grown dramatically smaller, losing much of its body length. It's tentacles have shortened, but have become extremely thick and muscular, and have developed minuscule hooks along their length, so as to further decrease the chance of snagged prey escaping. Another noticeable change is the development of several false bioluminescent eyespots along the blobsquid's body, which serve multiple purposes. First, they disguise the blobsquid's true eyes, tricking predators into attacking non-vital spots. Secondly, they attract the blobsquid's prey close to it, since it's inky body is invisible against the black backdrop of the water. The blobsquid has also evolved a swarming behavior, causing hundreds to coalesce en masse, turning the black void of the abyssal ocean into a sparkling, glittering galaxy. However, the most important change is it's breathing mechanism, which involves a porous head-sac on its body, which absorbs water and squeezes it through fine filters, which collect oxygen and diffuse it throughout the blobsquid's body. The sac is constantly clenching and unclenching to collect oxygen from the oxygen-deprived waters of the deep.

The blobsquid has changed the way it breeds. When the breeders meet a carrier, they impregnate it multiple times. Once a month, the carrier releases all the eggs it has been carrying at once, flooding the waters with hundreds of microscopic orbs of life. Several thousand of these are doomed to die, but the ones that hatch soon form their own swarms and repeat the process.

Living Relatives (click to show/hide)

These are randomly selected, and organized from lowest to highest shared taxon. (This may correspond to similarity more than actual relation)
  • Cave Teuthopin (subclass Pankrakenia)
  • Deep Crimson Phantomsquid (phylum Teuthomorpha)