Bankside Canaree

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When some populations of Shadee Canaree began to grow into the "Dingus Scrub", they found more access to sunlight since there is not that much tall shady flora around. This was however due to the relatively dry conditions that made it hard for tropical flora to thrive in, with the area instead being dominated by a unique branch of piss flora. The success of these piss flora within the "Dingus Scrub" is due to their drought-resistant adaptions and protection against most local herbivores, which thus meant canarflora and nomflora had trouble competing with them. These Shadee Canarees were a prime example of this, but the populations of this species entering the "Dingus Scrub" found a minor refuge with any bodies of water and so began to specialize for such a lifestyle. This would give rise to the diminutive Bankside Canaree, which can be first distinguished by the reduced stalk and smaller leaves compared to its ancestor and close relative. While the taxon still has amber-colored leaves with broad fronds that get a good amount of sunlight, the relative open spaces the Bankside Canaree inhabits meant they did not need as large leaves. Additionally, large leaves leave them more vulnerable to desiccation and thus why the fronds have become smaller over all. Growth still involves the sequential development and shedding of fronds, with newer fronds developing close to the flower. To minimize exposure to radiation, older fronds are severed once newer fronds have sufficiently developed. The female’s stem is still covered in a cuticle of lead, further shielding from radiation. Though the species does shed their fronds at a slower pace since their growth is much slower than their ancestor due to the more hostile conditions. Females will often shed their fronds during the dry season, since the drier conditions meant maintaining the old fronds would now be a detriment and thus losing them proves vital.

Males have changed somewhat little from their ancestry, retaining the horizontally-pupiled eye keen to light contrast and color, and their broad tail-foot to help stabilize in the air. The males have, however, changes in behavior since they often fly from watering hole to watering hole as they search for females to breed with.

Mating is pretty similar to their ancestor, with males also carrying fertilized spores as well as exchanging gametes between multiple females. On the females’ end, the flower is advertised by a set of four vivid turquoise petals. A noticeable change is that female will only breed during the rainy season, since the females would otherwise use too much resources during the dry season.