Pokey Radslug

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Some populations of Frondly Radslugs began to specialize in hunting prey such as the Radioplates or Snufflers, using a new tool to help them kill said prey. Among several other adaptations, these populations would diverge from their ancestors and become the Pokey Radslugs. In many ways the Pokey Radslug is not too different from their ancestor, such as two of their three facial tentacles still helping to manipulate food and dissolve it into a consumable soup. Another feature it shares with its ancestor are the several tendrils that help them walk along the ground, although these have become longer to help it more more quickly. They even retain the low amounts of plumbochitin within their locomotary limbs to help provide support, although they are still in low amounts which thus means their effects are minimal. The main differences are involving the middle facial tendril, which has developed a hollow needle made of plumbochitin to help puncture the flesh of its prey such as the Crawling Radioplate or the occasional Snuffler. This is because while the Pokey Radslug does still occasionally get their energy from photosynthesis, radiation, and taking in ambient levels of spite, they now rely heavily upon consuming other organisms to meet their energy requirements. After spotting its prey with their 6 eye spots(which have become larger to gather more visual information) and chasing them down, the sharp needle helps them deliver the killing blow as they inject a deadly toxin into the victim. Derived from their ancestor's adhesive secretions which had lost any purpose, the venom acts as an anticoagulant that causes the prey to bleed out within minutes. While it primarily evolved to dispatch prey, the venom produced by the Pokey Radslug also works just as well as a predator deterrent since any Horrible Baloon that tries to eat them apart runs the risk of getting a lethal injection. Much like their ancestor, the Pokey Radslug utilizes sexual reproduction, with two individuals budding next to each other that then merge together and exchange genes. Then, the merged bud would perform meiosis into 4 genetically distinct offspring. This gives the Pokey Radslug a competitive edge over most other species of Radiobiota since they can adapt to new evolutionary pressures more easily and also allow new generation to potentially innovate their venom-making abilities.