Fessurum

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Fessurum
(Trepanobrachius ferrumfossurae)
Main image of Fessurum
Species is extinct.
16/109, replaced by descendant
Information
CreatorHuckbuck Other
Week/Generation15/103
HabitatIttiz-Nuke Alpine
Size12 cm Long
Primary MobilityUnknown
SupportUnknown
DietLithovore (Iron), Scavenger (Dead Fessurum), Detritivore
RespirationUnknown
ThermoregulationEctotherm
ReproductionFragmentation
Taxonomy
Domain
Kingdom
Phylum
Class
Order
Family
Genus
Species
Eukaryota
Siderobiota
Ferrovermes
Siderochires
Trepanolystria
Trepanobrachidae
Trepanobrachius
Trepanobrachius ferrumfossurae
Ancestor:Descendants:

The fessurum replaced the irondigger. It evolved huge front legs which it "drills" deep down under the surface to find iron. To be able to keep the balance these legs are also used to walk with, and therefore the tail has devolved since it is no longer needed. The fessurum is not very fast, so to defend itself from both creatures and other threats such as falling stones its shell is now much thicker and covers a lot more of its body. The front legs have also got some iron so that they are able to dig easier and it also prevent them from breaking when the fessurum pulls them up out of the ground. The iron and minerals needed for this new shell is easily provided by the very successful method of gaining iron that the fessurum has evolved, but this also means that the fessurum has to spend almost all of its time either feeding or looking for iron.

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)
  • Pryer Cave Fessurum (class Siderochires)
  • Spinel Borewurm (phylum Ferrovermes)