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Planet Eve - Parakentoramphus
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Published: June 17, 2015
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Name meaning: from the greek words parakentisi (puncturing) and Ramfos (beak)

These predators live in the cactus trees that are scattered across Planet Eve's massive deserts. Acting like leopards, they remain vigilant until unsuspecting prey ventures closely at the roots of their nest. When the moment is right, the Parakentoramphus leaps onto it and wedges its massive beak into a joint in the animal's armor. A few pecks shortly after, the shell is broken and the helpless herbivore bleeds to death. To prevent its kill from being stolen by larger predators, the Parakentoramphus lifts the carcass onto the structure on its back and carries it back up the cactus tree. Sharp spikes that point forward keep the animal from falling onto the sands below, which would force another trip down and up the cactus.

It is believed that Parakentoramphus has appeared recently in Planet Eve's ecosystem as they are not fully adapted for a lifestyle in the treetops. While their shell does provide protection from the cactus' sharp needles, it limits the flexibility of their back. The main culprit are the arc structures that connect the shoulder and pelvic sections. This make its difficult to navigate on the spherical structures of the plant and they must rely on properly positioning their long limbs and gripping claws to not fall off. But should the Parakentoramphus fall off, damage would be minimal because Planet Eve's gravity is lower than that of Earth's so they wouldn't come crashing down as hard.

"The original design of this creature involved many more arms, maybe as much as ten, two of which would hide organic cables used to bind prey. This design will instead be used for a Tunjera alien. Inspiration for this creature came from Herons, chameleons and Orangutans. "

:bulletorange: What makes Parakentoramphus unique is that a major portion of the neck is armor-less. The truth is that the shell opens and reveals a longer neck that burrows within the body. This muscular neck, while vulnerable to larger predators and the elements, is what allows it to make powerful jabs at its prey.
:bulletorange: These predators are closely related to Organists, who also have complex structures in their dorsal shells.
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I can't wait to see the tunjeran life form also nice idea for a predator on Eve
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