Soghogs

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For a genus group as uncountably large as the Insects Which Must Logically Exist to Maintain a Biosphere, it's inevitable that it would continue to radiate into more specialized, derived forms. The Soghogs are an example of this.

The Soghogs compose another welcome member to the faunal clean-up crew of 2s2tworld’s oceans, and come equipped with the proper adaptations. Keen senses in the forms of wide-set eyes and chemoreceptive leg setae give Soghog species decent awareness of their environment; the former serve to keep lookout for their surroundings, while the latter help navigate the “Insects” toward food. A mutation in their leg development granted them an extra segment, allowing for greater stride mobility as they may have to travel some distance before locating a meal.

For processing meals, Soghogs possess a saw-like upper lid terminating with butchering toothy projections. As pointed legs jab into a carcass to hold it down, the lid-jaw cuts into the flesh and heaves shorn chunks into its mouth. To prevent foodstuffs from escape, a tightly-muscled esophagus promptly contracts to send the stuff into a stomach filled with digestive enzymes and hungry Bruh Within cultures. The mere sight of a sizable carcass is enough to drive nearby Soghogs of many species into a feeding frenzy, which may end up in bloody squabbles breaking out; combined with the efforts of other scavengers, such a corpse may be picked clean within hours. Many Soghogs also supplement their diet with organic detritus or the occasional live pickings. When not feeding, Soghog species often assume behaviors ranging from skittish to brash, especially when confronted by predators. A foolhardy Soghog may bare its serrated upper lid in anticipation for attack, only to be munched to bits by a Walrad. Flightier species may attempt to awkwardly swim away via rapid up-and-down flicking of the abdominal segment, but they won’t go far.

When it comes to breeding, many Soghogs of a particular species (usually after stuffing on a density of carcasses) link up their gonads to exchange gametes, with one of each party proceeding to deposit a clutch of many dozens of eggs where nutrients are abundant. Upon hatching, the nymphs are tiny and must subsist on detritus before reaching adult size.

There are many dozens of Soghog species, many of which can be identified somewhat easily by trending traits. Species found in the shallows match the colors of local algae and substrate composition (e.g. typically dusky gray, slate, or taupe around the coasts of Dingus), while less varied colors can be expected in the poralp and turdhurb forests of some temperate coastlines (i.e. predominantly ochre). Deeper water species tend to be somewhat larger and come in duller colors than their shallow water cousins; both nocturnal and twilight species have comparatively larger eyes. Nonetheless, due to the integral niche they fill, Soghogs are abundant in many marine ecologies.