Flasher fisig

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The flasher fisig is a strange descendant of the Pig fish that has become symbiotic with a species of OBM (Refulgidurus pisciphora) that it uses in prey capture and navigation. The flasher fisig is a nocturnal predator that utilizes its symbionts (contained in the eyes) to allow it to see in stereotypical night vision goggles green, it is also more intelligent to allow it to use this as both a form of communication within its own species and also to set ‘traps’ to attract prey (mostly the fisig knowing when it cannot be seen and using this to stay in crevices and flash its lights periodically to mimic glowing prey like species of the Cosmopolitodurus genus group). The lights are controlled by a flap of flesh in the back of the eye, allowing the fisig to turn them ‘on’ and ‘off’. Similarly to Terran flashlight fish, the flasher fisig provides its symbionts with nutrition that it intakes, and thus, if starved, will cut off their food supply to survive, leading to starved specimens losing their ability to glow until they take in symbionts again. Speaking of taking in symbionts, that job falls onto the flasher fisig’s exposed Assbrain, which is able to be such as it is still its own organism technically, this allows it to intake more oxygen and nutrients from the water column to support the fisig’s higher intelligence. Usually microbes that touch the assbrain are digested, but R.pisciphora uses a protein on its surface to be allowed entry into the canals that send nutrients throughout the fisig’s body and the symbionts in the eye, upon arrival into the eyes the microbes settle into the ventral ocular surface and reproduce, upon reaching a fairly low density of 4,000 cells per square millimeter (an adaptation to give the fisig it’s most important ‘tool’ as soon as possible) they begin to glow brightly, to protect from this very low level of radiation, the fisig’s eyes are coated in an internal layer of a Bismuth-Tin pseudoalloy. Meanwhile, when the 4,000:1 density is reached, the symbionts will send out a signal to their host that makes the assbrain non-receptive to the protein that protects symbionts from being digested. This evolved as a form of offense between subspecies and strains of R.pisciphora, meaning only one or a few strains make it into a given individual fisig. Flasher fisigs communicate readily with other individuals and are not highly territorial, ‘speaking’ with eachother and establishing suitable boundaries and relationships, flasher fisigs may even become friends with same-gender individuals, and while most monogamous pairings are heterosexual, same-sex pairs are not unreported, and there is evidence that they may even be able to feel some form of empathy towards other fisigs, older individuals even allowing younger ones to take a few bites of their catches. Speaking of biting, the flasher fisig’s jaws are notably closer-set than their ancestor’s, and different in arrangement such that they may take bites out of prey larger than they can swallow, and allowing them to utilize more prey than their ancestor could.