Mohawk Worm

A Mohawk worm mating dance

Main Information Edit

Mohawk Worms are long, aquatic scavengers native to the Paddleton Sea on Gamila. They are known for their sexual dimorphism, as well as their mating habits. They feed by squirting an acidic chemical from their tails to both take the bacteria off of their food and make it easier to eat. This chemical can also be used to irritate and ward off predators.

Sexual Dimorphism Edit

Mohawk worms get their name from the Hosts of the species, which have red, mohawk-like tentacles on their heads. Besides this, Hosts and Transports do not look or act too different. However, Mohawk Worm Deposits are very different, starting with their size. Deposits are about 6 times smaller than Deposits and Hosts. This is due to their mating habits. Deposits also lack the bulging tails of other Mohawk Worms. This is because of their very different life style. Deposits crawl through the sea floor, eating small rocks for nutrients. Some of these rocks are kept within an organ on the back, and they can be shot out of the throat at predators, preferably into the throat or belly of the attacker. This wards off predators.

Mating Habits Edit

Mohawk Worm Transports have multiple, smaller mouths located on their underbellies, allowing multiple Deposits to latch onto a Transport at a time. Deposits start eating immediately after birth, filling up their Flatron and creating a muscular bulge on the back. Once finding a Transport, a Deposit will follow its mate everywhere, until at least 3 Deposits, a Transport, and a Host are present. The creatures engage in a strange dance, with the Host burying itself in the ground and the Transport wrapping around it. The Deposits latch onto the smaller mouths of the Transport, and the creatures form a large, tall structure. They stay like this for a long time, usually about 3 to 4 weeks, sending all the food and DNA to the Host. Soon after, The Transport unlatches from the Host, killing the Deposits in the process. After the Host gives birth to 7-8 eggs, The Transport leaves and goes to another Host. After giving birth, most Mohawk Worm Hosts die of exhaustion.

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