Wading Redhead

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With the abundance for flora dwelling in the river systems of Dingus, it was only a matter of time before herbivores from the surrounding area would begin to take advantage of such a prevalent resource. One of the most abundant groups of large herbivores at this time are the turdles, so it makes sense that it would be them to take the first tentative steps into the river systems. This would take place with certain populations of Flash Turdles, who already were low browsers/grazers, becoming semi-aquatic and then developing certain adaptations for this lifestyle. This would lead to them diverging from the rest of the species and becoming a unique taxon, known as the Wading Redhead. While they would develop adaptations that caused them to be a unique taxon, the Wading Redheads still have a relatively similar lifestyle to their ancestor with only a few minor changes and do still spend a good amount of time on land which allows them to avoid competition with the Mamybarus. To help with wading in shallow water, the legs of the Wading Redhead are much longer than their ancestor and the front limbs have developed webbing between the claws to help the species of turdle swim when they enter water too deep for them to merely walk in. Meanwhile, their beak has become highly elongated so they can reach much farther than their ancestors, though it also means they do not have a much crushing strength as their ancestors and as such need to be more selective in their feeding habits. Because of this, the Wading Redhead prefers to feed upon softer vegetation such as Poostalks or Deltomlights. The eyestalk has become longer so they can see above the waterline when the rest of their face is submerged and the other two eyes have become larger for sharper vision. For more flexibility, the armor on their legs and neck have become smaller in size since they rely a bit more on general mobility. The Wading Redhead has also developer powerful throat muscles that can cause it to push into the mouth and act like a rudimentary tongue or provide suction. Because of this adaptations, the Wading Redhead can swallow food more effectively than any other species of turdle by the time it evolves.

Much like their ancestor, their radiation cannon produces quick flashes of light almost like a camera flash, which are used to communicate with others of their kind(since they are social creatures) and to deter potential attackers by disorienting them. Along side this, however, the Wading Redhead also has flashy red colors on their facial plates, eyestalk, and bill for additional communication. The Wading Redhead still utilizes sexual reproduction, with two individuals budding next to each other that then merge together and exchange genes. Then, the merged bud would split into 4 genetically distinct offspring. This gives the Wading Redhead a competitive edge over many of their relatives since they can adapt to new evolutionary pressures more easily.