Mint-Flavored Nomlights

Much like the Dingusian Deltomlight, the Mint-Flavored Nomlights have staked a clear claim as prolific planktonic freshwater algae, capable of blotting the water’s surface in a distinctive pale blue-green in vast blooms. The source of this added green tinge comes from an accessory pigment referred to as “moregreenin”, which allows it to thrive in shadier areas, absorbing light wavelengths the surrounding larger flora do not take in much of.

As a microbial genus, Mint-Flavored Nomlights are rather diverse in habits and individual species number in many hundreds, often barely distinguishable from one another to nonspecialists. Species in waters in drier climates tend to possess less moregreenin than their forest-dwelling cousins. Some species can be found a few millimeters off of the substrate, while others hover comfortably just below the water’s surface, and many can thrive in varied access to oxygen. Most species however can - should the climate, water turbulence, and access to nutrients allow - proliferate in massive blooms to reiterate. An especially dense outwash of nutrients can result in Mint-Flavored Nomlight blooms so massive that they end up momentarily depleting the local waters of nutrient access, rendering it bereft of healthy flora for up to a few years. Thankfully, such instances are rare.

Owing to the Mint-Flavored Nomlights’ diversity is their innovation of sexual reproduction. Cells of each species typically congregate to exchange genetic material; once the swap meet is done, the cells in the pair each expel a few spores containing the required material for germinating into functional cells, not too dissimilar to a yeast. Depending on the fecundity of the surrounding conditions, spores may remain in this state for quite some time until these conditions become favorable for germination. Should conditions be abundant enough, mature cells would instead fission off identical clones much like their ancestry.