Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Arboreal Floravore.

I did absailing at university in the week, they'd set up shop for the day and it was £1.50 to go down the side of a 5 storey building on the campus, at that price I couldnt really say no. It was scary waiting around at the top (didnt help that I could see for miles around) but as I lent backwards I found it was a very differnt experiance than what I was expecting, it was good fun. Deffinitely reccomend it if you get the chance.

This critter is an arboreal floravore, whereas species such as Deloricatus and Hippasuchus are strictly terrestrial animals, Brontus Brontus tends to lead a more vertical existence as it feeds from the parasitic flowers that grow upon larger flora, these parasitic flowers tend to be much more nutritous than the normal terrestrial flora, which is an added benefit considering the much more active life style of B. Brontus.

B. Brontus is also a notable fauna for its symbiotic relationship with its flora diet, B. Brontus is equipped with a pair of trendils that are specially adapted to carry the pollen of parasitic flowers from host to host. Although all floravores do to some extent carry out this pollination indirectly, B. Brontus is the only known species with a anatomical conscience towards the preservation and reproduction of its diet.

In return for this specialised job, B. Brontus recieves certain toxins from its symbiotic partners which are utilised as a glandular secretion which is produced when B. Brontus is distressed, this form of toxic defence is quite common amongst many amphibians on earth, how ever on Belkin the use of Toxins as a defence mechanism is quite rare.

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