Toothtacle Scrimpe

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Some populations of Grappling Scrimpes adapted to better grab their preferred sources of food by developing larger facial tentacles among another key adaptations. This additional adaptation was the development of tooth-like spines running along each tentacle, which among a few minor differences led to these groups of Grappling Scrimpes to become a new species. The Toothtacle Scrimpe is not too dissimilar from its ancestor in terms of both appearance and lifestyle. The species still uses a simple eye to help them navigate their environment while they undulate their body and four tails from side to side and use the two pectoral fins to steer. The species also has quite prominent patterns of dark greens and browns to help them avoid being detected by predators. The Toothtacle Scrimpe is still a consumer of Poop Flora such as the native species of Poostalks, but they have further refined the technique of consuming them thanks to the tooth-like spines running along their facial tentacles. These "teeth" help stab into the flora and then hold them in place as the Scrimpe either yanks them out of the sediment or rips off chunks that then get pressed against the undersides of their faces. Once the food is right there, the Toothtacle Scrimpe then releases enzymes to break it down into a soupy substance that can then be absorbed through their skin for nutrients. When the species is not feeding on Poop Flora, the Toothtacle Scrimpe will tuck in their tentacles to reduce drag. The species also still gets some of their energy from photosynthesis, though consuming organic matter provides more energy overall for the Toothtacle Scrimpe.

When it comes to breeding, the Toothtacle Scrimpe has hardly changed at all, with two individuals employing sexual reproduction through having their rear ends connect and then one of their fours "tails" wrapping around the "tail" of the other individual. Once this occurs, the two tails will fuse together and then detach, exchanging genetic information before splitting in two and developing into baby Toothtacle Scrimpes. This occurs will all four tails on each individuals, with the two Toothtacle Scrimpes eventually growing back the four tails.