Hello anyone who is reading this! Here’s more Seiek fauna. Seiek is the homeworld of the Mandrakes, sophont dinosaurs, which was created as a home for transplanted Earth creatures at the KT extinction. Now then, starting from the top, left to right…
Haram: Ceratopsians have diversified into a number of new groups on Seiek. The older varieties have gone extinct, and all modern species are descended from primitive forms like protoceratopsids. The two main groups can be found all across Eurasia and Africa. The largest of these are the Afroceratosids, native to Africa. The largest of these is Megatops admirafacies, or the “Haram”, making its home in the African savannahs. The haram holds the record for the longest dinosaur skull ever. This structure is actually quite thin and supported mainly by cartilage. Typical of modern ceratopsids, harams possess differentiated teeth, developed into tusks for rooting for food. The great fill of the haram serves in heat regulation and to frighten predators or impress rivals and mates. The entire frill can change color, displaying the set pattern when necessary, or becoming totally dark.
Rocoro: A most intriguing group of mammals has taken to the sea. These are the Amphibimorphs. These unique mammals probably evolved from some transitional form between monotremes and marsupials. Like marsupials, they give birth to premature, live young. However, through a great mutation, their young are born so premature that they retain functional gills. This trait has enabled the amphibimorphs to completely abandon the land to become oceanic fish hunters. Various species tend to their young in a number of ways. Some retain a primitive pouch, while some construct nests or dens in shallow water to house their fry. After a few months, the fry begin to take their first breaths of air as they feed on extremely rich milk. By one year of age, they become totally air-breathing. The species pictured is a Rocoro, an Atlantic species whose fry are adapted to cling to their mother’s teats with sucker-like mouths.
Croar: The mighty tyrannosaurs are the dominant large predators of Eurasia and North America. The new group is classified as the Rodentiatyrannids. They are named for their teeth, which are constantly growing and kept sharp by sheering against each other. The teeth have become a single solid row upon each jaw and are fused with the skull itself. One of the largest species is Carnificarrex imperator, commonly known as the Great Croar. This large carnivore hunts the forests of northern Eurasia in colder climates. Its signature killing blow is to use its shearing jaws, powered by the strongest bite force of any living animal, to decapitate its prey.
Treal: The primitive hypsilophidonts have evolved into a number of advanced modern groups. Among these are the Arboridesultids. These agile climbers can be found in the treetops across Europe, Asia, India, and North America. They are commonly called “Treals” by Mandrakes. The species shown above is a typical southeastern North American variety.
Egra: The sauropod dinosaurs of Africa and India have evolved into a hardy group known as the Titanankylids, a sister group to the aquatic marisaurs. These creatures must deal with attacks from the head-ramming frendosaurs, and rely on their adult size and armor. All species also possess a drooping tailfin to help regulate heat. The Egra is one of the largest African species.
Twi: A number of flightless pterosaurs evolved on the island continent of South America. Collectively known as Milvuphysids, they continue to fill a number of specialized, mostly arboreal niches. One of the most derived is Aquafaierie micropudibundus. Called a “Twi” by Mandrakes, this tiny animal is the smallest pterosaur of all. It retains webbing between its very long toes and hands, including the former wing finger. It is so light, it routinely uses these to glide across the water’s surface in the Amazon basin, snapping up tiny insects and other floating morsels.
Sektal: Some of the most unusual mammals of Seiek are the Rostrunathids. These reclusive animals can be found only in India, although a single species can also be found on Japan. Their origins are a mystery, but they are likely related to primitive insectivores or rodents. Their teeth have elongated into a beak-like structure, allowing them to probe for soil-dwelling invertebrates. These strange mammals are also bipedal. The species pictured is a Sektal, the most common type in Indian forests.
Saracka: Ammonites and belemnoids have also found success on Seiek. The more squid-like belemnoids fill a number of niches in the seas of the world. There are exceptions, though. The waterways of Eurasia are home to a unique group of freshwater belemnoids, the Flumeterrids. These predators can grow quite large and fill a niche similar to crocodiles in the colder waters of Europe and northern Asia. The Saracka is the largest and most feared creature of Russian rivers and lakes. Using balanced buoyancy inherited from its ancestors, it can hover near the surface to await prey. Its main diet is fish, but it is still adapted to take down large land animals. Using color-changing chromatophores, the saracka can become practically invisible, and its differentiated arms can strike with lighting speed to bring prey to its powerful, serrated beak. Its siphon points backwards and its fins are powerful enough to propel it forward, or even to push itself across land for short distances in search of new water. Sarackas are highly intelligent, and have even been observed landscaping their territory to their advantage.
Bavack: The pachycephalosaurs of Earth have evolved into the Armicephs of Seiek. These browsing herbivores are characterized by their horny heads, armored hides, and short tails. They can be found in Eurasia and North America. The Eurasian breeds are known as Pteryxicaudids, or “Bavacks” in common Mandrake. While North American therickums possess a fortress of quills, the Eurasian bavacks have developed their tails into elaborate display fans. These are supported by a pogostyle-like tail stump. The Common Bavack, shown above, is a typical southern European species.
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