Floralgae

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Floralgae
(Multiquila hexaneuston)
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19/126, Replaced by descendant
Creator Somarinoa Other
Taxonomy
Domain
Kingdom
Phylum
Class
Order
Family
Genus
Species
Eukaryota
Melanophyta
Melanophycae
Camophoropsida
Leucomelanales
Multiquilaceae
Multiquila
Multiquila hexaneuston
Week/Generation 15/101
Habitat Jujubee Ocean (Sunlight Zone), Ittiz Coast, Nuke Coast
Size Microscopic
Support Unknown
Diet Photosynthesis
Respiration Unknown
Thermoregulation Unknown
Reproduction Mitosis


The floralgae split from their ancestors, the petalgae, and improved upon their abilities. Because the only ecosystem both inhabit is the Jujubee Ocean, neither lost any footholds as the open ocean was large enough to properly support both species.

They have become a ring of six cells, once again increasing their surface for photosynthesis. This led to more energy for each of the cells, allowing them to prosper. The attachments of each cell allows a small amount of flexibility, and they now use this to allow them to either dip further into the water or lift higher up to vary the sunlight each receives. While their microscopic size does not allow that large of a change in sunlight that reaches them, their camoplasts still change colors properly to greatly increase their overall survivability. The constant moving of each cell up and down as it goes from quick photosynthesizing to periods of reflective "cooling off" has allowed them an unexpected advantage: they are able to control their buoyancy to a certain degree; and while they do not really control their depth on purpose as each cell will do what it can to ensure its own survival, it is still a great advantage for them. This buoyancy works by each cell pushing either up or down pushing the colony in minuscule distances in that direction. They keep themselves somewhat rigid through the use of their cytoskeletons, which accidentally work similarly to very basic cellular fins.

While they still change the colors of their camoplasts in accordance to the heat of the water, they are often an equal shading of white and black, allowing them perfect buoyancy. However, there continues to be five available phases: 1 black & 5 white, 2 black & 4 white, 3 black & 3 white, 4 black & 2 white, and 5 black & 1 white. Their increased survivability allowed them to take new territories a little further south, and they now prefer the temperate waters over cold water. Although they can still survive in cold waters, they will try to return to warmer waters as soon as they can.

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)

None found. Note that this does not necessarily mean it has no living relatives at all, but that, assuming all taxonomy is filled in, its entire phylum is extinct; any relatives it does have likely do not resemble it.