Main Information Edit
Hookbellies are tiny animals native to the shores of Gamila's Paddleton Sea. They are constantly in competition with animals like the Gamilian Logfish, acting as both predator and prey. Other creatures, like Skippers or Combing Birds, they stand no chance to. They hunt in gigantic colonies of millions, skidding across the sea and collecting food for large hives. Often, due to their short lifespans, they will only be able to make one or two hunting trips before they mate and die.
The hook of the Hookbelly is in fact a thin mouth, used to impale creatures and suck out bodily fluids like blood. The green shell covering the animal is very hard, and can make beaked or jawed predators lose interest. Bones are only present in the legs, with everything else held by stretchy, rubbery fibers. This allows most of the Hookbelly's body to be pulled into its shell, making the creature both safer from predators and more aerodynamic during flight.
Colony and Hunting Behavior Edit
Hookbelly colonies are comprised of three jobs: Hunters, Sentries, and Nurses. Unlike Ungades, there are no physical differences between the jobs, and they are randomly assigned. Hunters are the most plentiful, making up around 92.5% of each colony. They swarm around large prey, suck out all bodily fluids, and then regurgitate the bodily fluids to their children. Sentries watch over the colony during hunting trips, watching for both predators and prey. When a predator that cannot be killed is spotted, the Sentries order the colony to disperse. Nurses watch over the babies and hive while the others are out on hunting trips, and are extremely protective. Hookbellies only have one meal across their entire lifespan, which is received from their parents, and then hunt for their babies.