| Imperial Scuttlehopper |
15/101, gamma-ray burst
|Size||6 cm Long|
|Diet||Herbivore (Plurgile, Stickyballs)|
|Reproduction||Sexual (laying small clutches of eggs in excavated hollows of the Plurgile)|
|Descendant of||Ancestor of|
When its primary source of food and housing moved to the beach, some colonial scuttlehoppers followed. The plurgile has grown smaller, and so have the scuttlehoppers. As well, their pigment has changed to help them blend in with their surroundings. These two changes help them to avoid their newest predators; leatherback scuttlecrabs and beach sliders. With the abundance of food and water along the beach, scuttlehopper colonies are able to grow much larger, and their social behavior has changed thanks to this increase in size. There are so many scuttlehoppers in each colony, that the pregnant females can stay in their tunnels, while the males of the colony work together to gather food for the whole colony. Speaking of food, the scuttlehopper has also added stickyballs to their diet, as the added food source helps keep the organism well fed.