| Cave Batworm |
16/104, replaced by descendant
|Habitat||Ferret Limestone Caves|
|Size||15 cm Wingspan|
|Diet||Carnivore (Batworm Catcher young), Ovivore (eggs of the Smaraslim Bubblehorn)|
|Descendant of||Ancestor of|
The cave batworm split from its ancestor, the batworm, when an odd mutation gave some batworms extra sensory organs near their mouth. These organs were similar to a snake's "heat vision", allowing the batworm to get along much easier in the dark. They moved into the pitch-black cave when their poison became potent enough so that their predators, the batworm catchers, would leave them alone and chase after their larger cousins instead.
The cave batworm's sensory tentacles soon developed a new use after the smaraslim bubblehorn was introduced to the environment. These tentacles soon not only became small graspers, but also devices to melt the hardened goo that the bubblehorns kept their eggs in. Combined with their ability to rest on completely flat surfaces allowed a traveling male bubblehorn into a buffet table for the cave batworm. Yet another small adaption was to spawn in much smaller groups than before, now numbering only about 30 or so individuals. They needed to do this so that their food supply would not disappear entirely. The cave batworm is exactly alike to its ancestor in every other way.