Sticky Tangleblob

The Sticky Tangleblob is the progeny of a population of aberrant mutant Fuzzy Tanglebells that, instead of drifting in the water column, crept across the seabed. As this population became better adapted for benthic life, they have become more divergent from their ancestry, genetic differences accumulating until they became a distinct species.

Somewhat aptly named, the Sticky Tangleblob “sticks” to the substrate via specialized bruh-derived denticles. Attached to asshole-derived muscular tissue, these denticles are capable of limited movement, allowing the fauna to slowly crawl. Should it crawl over edible detritus, these denticles can also ferry the foodstuffs towards its orifice for digestion. Actually detecting the foodstuffs is handled by chemoreceptive poopy-derived setae, which processes the sensory info for the blob’s nerve net to prompt the necessary reaction.

Most of the Sticky Tangleblob’s live menu consists of tiny substrate biota, which it directly ensnares with its tentacle-like setae. Aside from a select few options, much of its prey is at least resistant to spite, and thus its ability to inflict spite is usually relegated as predator deterrent. This also means that larger prey such as soopyvermes are subdued instead via smothering in digestive compounds. Tougher Pigbug prey sometimes survive confrontations with blobs, but weaker individuals are often subdued by blob digestives. Aside from crawling its way towards food, the Sticky Tangleblob has an otherwise poor sense of direction, with its only other notable sense is a vague photoreception just able enough to detect differences in light conditions, as provided by the bruh cells on its epidermis.

Like its ancestry, a Sticky Tangleblob buds off larvae from its apex during conditions of abundance. These tiny larvae resemble the Sooperpoopycells and behave as plankton. After hovering around a size of 1 cm, these larvae then settle onto the substrate and become adult blobs. Being r-strategists, Sticky Tangleblobs can bud off hundreds of larvae at a time, few of which actually survive to adulthood.