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Ebelenyama collocabatus

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Dragons of Erodes

Ebelenyama collocabatus, or commonly called Mokɛle-mbɛmbe, Le Kela-bembe, or Amali, is a giant glatisantid dragon from Central and Western Tameris. The amphibious herbivore is the largest known dragon species. Its main habitat is the Ebele Basin, an equatorial rainforest-wetland mosaic. Here it shares its environment with other megaherbivores such as Tamerian Forest Elephant (Palaeoloxodon cyclotis), Hippopotamus Hippopotamus amphibius, Pygmy Hipopotamus (Choeropsis liberiensis), Okapi (Okapia johnstoni), Tamerian Forest Buffaloes (Syncerus caffer nanus), and Bongo (Tragelaphus eurycerus).  The larger faunal elements, namely the Mokele-Mbembes and the Elephants, actively reshape the enviornment by creating clearings and water holes, which in turn are used by other animals, like Sitatunga (T. spekii gratus), Kéwel (T. scriptus), and Mbulu (Afropavo congensis). Primates like Gorillas (Gorilla gorilla), Chimpanzees (Pan paniscus and P. troglodytes), and Mandrills (Mandrillus sphinx) usually avoid the Mokele-Mbembe.
In contrast to other glatisantids its mostly a solitary animal, that often aggressively defends good feeding spots against other herbivores as well as conspecifics. Territorial aggressions also occur during breeding. Despite this it's not territorial and will tolerate almost all animals, including sophonts, most of the time. After mating, the females build large mounds (up to 2.5 m in height) in which they'll lay a cluster of up to 40 eggs. After the youngs hatch, the mother will passively tolerate their presence for some months (up to one and a half year) and chase away or attack predators like Leopard (Panthera pardus pardus), or the crocodylians Crocodylus niloticus, C. suchus, or Osteolaemus tetrapsis.
The Mokele-Mbembe mostly feeds on bullrushes, sedges and aquatic grasses.

Disclaimer:
All binomial names featured in the descriptions of Erodian lifeforms are stand-ins or straight taken over from Earth's taxonomy. Erodian scientists work with a different naming system, and to not raise confusion over well-known animals I avoid introducing it to the descriptions.

Attribution:
["Loxodonta" cyclotis silhouette from phylopic.org, originally by Richard Ruggiero, vectorized by Zimices]
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Ouranosaurus descendant??