Nomsprinkles

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Oddballs even among the nomweed division, the Nomsprinkles have assumed a rather unconventional niche among their kin - maritime plankton. Descended from a certain species of pelagic Nomsalp, these peculiar organisms have shrunk considerably, joining the burgeoning ranks of 2s2tworld’s larger plankton stocks. During great nutrient upwellings, these organisms bloom with resplendent slate-azure, providing fodder for many larger, hungrier denizens of the seas. Nomsprinkles are markedly more mobile than their ancestry. While typically content to float in the water column, two significant adaptations have taken place to enhance motility. Firstly, muscular tissue derived from the heart organs have expanded throughout these organisms’ bodies, most notably on the bases of each of an organism’s twelve fronds; this allows them to crudely flutter about in search of food. The fronds are quite wide in many species, not only displacing more water, but also having the benefit of increasing photosynthetic area.

The other change to Nomsprinkle locomotion is a jet derived from the water expulsion valve. With a forceful pumping motion, water is swiftly forced out of an individual’s form, creating momentary thrust. To aid in drawing extra water to provide thrust, these organisms have atavistically redeveloped the “lateral” valves, connecting to the jet via a pair of muscular canals. Bursts of speed provided by this organ can provide a window to escape the clutches of similarly mobile predator plankton such as Speckguins and Soopierworms, though this is at best a negligible response towards much larger planktivores like the Baleenus. As a consequence of a speedier lifestyle, smaller biota - richer in nutrients and energy than photosynthesis - now compose a greater proportion of a Nomsprinkle’s diet. To prevent ingested meals from sputtering out the exhaust orifice, a derived sphincter lies between the stomach and the jet chamber; during such instances, new water intake is left solely to the “lateral” valves. The “mouth” lies somewhat less distant to aid in both food and water intake. Whilst retaining some cultures of Nuclear sunscreen poopycell, many Nomsprinkle species are so small that they can become notably sickened after consuming proportionally too much radioactive meals. Luckily, these organisms have also adapted in response to this setback. They retain one neotenic trait in selectively consuming certain food items. Should that fail, a Nomsprinkle may reverse the motions of its oral muscles promptly enough to “cough” out the offending item.

Also as a consequence of their small size, the Nomsprinkles’ gas bladders have reduced considerably.

As far as senses go, Nomsprinkles possess a crude chemoreceptive sense and a nerve net that’s just as simple.

Nonetheless, Nomsprinkles retain a few aspects of their immediate ancestry. One of their hearts still aids in circulation, transporting nutrients and essential gases via hemolymph. In conditions of plenty, Nomsprinkles of a set species send out sporophores to deposit many, many thousands of gametes, which in turn conjugate to form spores, and these will eventually germinate into larvae resembling miniature versions of the adults - vulnerable to all manner of microscopic predators. Food is directly absorbed into bodily systems and waste is expelled below the fronds. Nomsprinkle species number in the hundreds, many of which are barely distinguishable from their close cousins; that’s not to say trends among groups of species are similarly difficult to detect however. The greatest densities of species occur in shallow mid-latitude waters near nutrient-rich ocean currents, though thanks to their ability to produce extra oxygen, they’re also abundant in desert-like equatorial waters. Deeper-water species typically boast the greatest proportions of plankton in their diets to compensate for the lack of photosynthetic output, and consequently bear the least quantities of plastids. Polar species sport darker colorations and those in the coldest extremes come equipped with antifreeze proteins. Due to their osmoregulatory functions, no Nomsprinkle species is presently capable of surviving in freshwater.

An individual Nomsprinkle of the species Marinommella dorsopluma unsheathing its elongate sporophore.