Sharp Cheddar

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Originating from a specific population of Hook Cheeses that started feeding on silicate spike victims, the Sharp Cheddar is a rather innovative member of the cheesy clade for being the first to become an active heterotroph.

At first these proto-cheddars simply diffused the remains into their cytoplasm, but they would soon refine their burgeoning adaptations for predation - the mutation rate accelerated thanks to their trinary fission. Utilizing photoreceptors keener to shapes, they began to track potential meals, which their silicate spikes were sent into to subdue; similarly enough, some of their cilia became specialized for detecting prey chemical signatures. To increase the range of their weaponry, proto-cheddar started to manufacture a powerful elastic protein known as “springcheesein”, now allowing their spikes to pierce through more distant prey. With each meal becoming more substantial, a paramecium-like oral groove lined with feeding cilia and potent enzymes has developed for specialized food intake. With these traits combined, the Sharp Cheddar has become genetically distinct from other Hook Cheeses.

When a Sharp Cheddar fastens its spikes into a suitable prey item, it reels in its springcheesin line, then shreds its catch into oral groove-sized morsels via rapid flicking of the spikes. For larger prey such as Dingus Leafwings, an individual cheddar secretes hormones that prompt nearby cheddars to join the hunt and take down such massive game. The Sharp Cheddar also possesses resistance to spite and radiation, allowing it to feed on bruhs and radiovermes.

Like its ancestry, the Sharp Cheddar can swim to a more suitable feeding spot via its cilia, and fasten there via a ring of smaller hooks. Utilizing pink-colored plastids, it can photosynthesize to gain a boost in energy. The Sharp Cheddar is most abundant in silicate-rich waters.