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Chapter Three: It's Life But Not As We Know It

You can't stop life, as they say. Even in the most remote regions of the Purple Void, life abounds, creeping, slithering, swimming, flying and teleporting its way up the ladder of evolution.

In this chapter of the Galactic Guidebook we will examine some of the more interesting creatures which inhabit the myriad planets of Sector Prime. Admittedly, very little is known about many of these life forms, and accurate information is hard to come by, but the Guidebook has interviewed dozens of scientists, top men, real eggheads, and looked at a lot of pictures and stuff, so don't think that we didn't try.

Vampyrabdopus Panthera Tentacular Tiger

 Common Name: Tentacular Tiger
 Scientific Name: Vampyrabdopus Panthera
 Size: Length 3m Height 1.2m
 Diet: Carnivore
 Habitat: Tropical forests and jungles
 Location: Sector Prime temperate planets
 Organization: Solitary
 Natural Enemies: None

Description: A large orange and gold striped feline with a mass of twitching tentacles instead of a head. This creature's appearance is at once unsettling and sublime.

Senses: Lacking eyes or ears, the tentacular tiger senses ground vibrations with its feet, triangulating the exact distance to any sound source within 300 meters.

Feeding Habits: A predator. A tentacular tiger feeds by holding its prey tightly with its suction-cupped tentacles while tearing it slowly to pieces with its razor-sharp recessed beak. Additionally, its long tubular tongue can drain the body fluids of its victims.

Reproduction: Little, if anything, is known about the reproductive cycle of the tentacular tiger. All attempts to sex these creatures have been disastrous. Some xenobiologists suggest that tentacular tigers are asexual and reproduce in some mysterious and probably very nasty way.

Life Span: Unknown

Quasimammuthus QuadricornisFuzzy Lummox

Common Name: Fuzzy Lummox
Scientific Name: Quasimammuthus Quadricornis
Size: Length 4m Height 8m
Diet: Herbivore
Habitat: Grassland plains
Location: Sector Prime temperate planets
Organization: Herd
Natural Enemies: Piranha Bee, Megamoeba

Description: A large six-legged pachyderm with shaggy gray fur. A docile herbivore most suitable as a beast of burden.

Senses: The brain of a fuzzy lummox is located deep within its abdomen. Two bony chambers, located in its head above the eyes, allow a lummox to "hear" by sonar.

Feeding Habits: A forager. A fuzzy lummox uses its defensive tusks to dig roots but is also tall enough to be able to forage treetops. Its diet includes seed grasses and leaves, as well as protein-rich legumes, tubers, berries and fruits. Its three stomachs, which incidentally cradle and cushion its brain, each process carbohydrates, protein and fructose separately.

Reproduction: Once every three years all adult lummoxes are driven by instinct to return to their ancestral mating grounds to perform their bizarre and complex courtship dances. Bull lummoxes fight for the cows, the frenzy of the mating activities reaches a climax, and eggs are laid.

Lummox hatchlings emerge within a few days to begin their arduous and dangerous trek back to the grassland herds. Great numbers are eaten by snakes, toads, reptiles and other hungry prowlers of the underbrush. Some become confused and lose their way. Others are devoured by piranha bees. But a few very lucky and determined infant lummoxes will return to their kin renewing the herds in a grand cycle of life.

Life Span: 200 years.

Chapter Three: It's Life But Not As We Know It (Page 2)

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is copyright 2002 by R. Carlson, I. Keranen and Phosphorous.