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Trihog by Imperator-Zor Trihog by Imperator-Zor
A distant relative to the Hexacrawler (and by extension it's descendants) though their ancestors broke off a hundred million years before that. Both are hermaphroditic vertibratoids with three eyes and three nostrils. The big difference happened in the evolution of Jaws. The ancestors of the Trihog developed a long snootlike mouth for eating which eventually developed a hardened beak on it's end, well in front of the brain. The two lineages competed with each other in the sea for some time and on two different continents began to colonize the land. Another distinguishing feature of the beaksnooted creatures was armor and the fact that they developed only three fins on their underside (two pectoral fins and an anal fin). The descendants of the Hexacrawlers were the first line to venture onto land, while the ancestors of the trihog did so on a smaller northern continent about five million years latter. The anal fin was adapted into a hook for latching onto the bottom of rivers and then refined into a third leg. The two four legs are tripple jointed and can bend both forwards and back. The eyes migrated to a small lump on top.

Trihogs emerged fifty million years after the Hexacrawler. They are 2 meter long 125 kg omnivores, eating small animals, plants, roots, carrion, eggs and similar. Two bony growths on the side of it's beak serve as digging aids. They are widespread among the forests of their home continent. They lay leathery pouch like eggs. Sucessful generalistis, Trihogs are among the more common species on their continent, even though they are preyed on by larger heavy billed predators and for the last twenty two million years had to deal with Tetrawings, a few breeding pairs of which had been blown to their continent and proceeded to breed and establish themselves.
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Rodlox Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2018
interesting, very neat critters
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