Tsuchinoclongus

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As the basal elongated clongus started to be pushed out of its niche a little bit by stronger and faster creatures, a genetically distinct population of them basically switched diets entirely to become herbivores. This resulted in the Tsuchinoclongus, which takes the title of possibly the strangest herbivore on any continent.

As a result of its frequent predation by the guillotine mamal and the emergence of toothed clonguses, the tsuchinoclongus has developed smooth plates of armor running down its back. This at least somewhat helps negate frequent predation. However, armor isn’t the only trick up the tsuchinoclongus’ proverbial sleeve, as it has also gained a new form of locomotion: Rolling. When a tsuchinoclongus needs to move quickly it finds a hill, curls up, suctions its tail, and uses muscles on its sides under the lateral armor plates to steer around and push itself down slopes in wheel form. The tsuchinoclongus’ wide body and thin post-anal tail helps it locomote this way, although it must perform small well-timed jumps to avoid its face and sclera from getting dinged up.

The tsuchinoclongus’ diet consists of large trees and woody flora, which it pierces and digests using its sharp keratin “tooth”. This “tooth” has also become more mineralized to help it deal with these hardy foodstuffs. In the case of nolms, it must first rip off the scales from the plant, which it does by prying them off with the same appendage. The tsuchinoclongus also has some minor resistance to spite, allowing it to eat larger burstgrasses. The tsuchinoclongus cannot eat spiteflora though, except with one exception. The tsuchinoclongus has a strange taste for fermented calcifruit, mainly those that have been largely un-spited by bruh microbes. This has the incidental side effect of making the tsuchinoclongus drunk, though, so it must consume these in moderation.

The tsuchinoclongus’ larvae start out as small freshwater detritivores with underdeveloped armor and a long, flagella-like tail that they use to swim. They emerge from the water at about 15 cm long (snout to tail tip), at which point their tail starts to be absorbed and their armor grows in. The tsuchinoclongus has also lost its ventral digestive patch, with the sandpapery texture only being used to more easily cling to flora.

Elongated clonguses still hunt live prey, although the only things they actively hunt are terrestrial creatures small enough to be slurped up with the snout.

An elongated clongus hunts by using its snout to bury its prey into the ground, regurgitating water, and then sucking the prey up along with the dirt and water. Elongated clonguses hunt this way due to their lack of a jaw or tongue, relying entirely on suction and gravity to swallow prey, somewhat like a terran mudskipper.

The elongated clongus has evolved a novel tympanic membrane to hear with. They also actually retain the ability to make and fire mud bullets, although these are weaker than their ancestors’ and only serve to deter competition and predators.