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An Arthropodoid is a creature that exhibits characteristics similar to Terran Arthropods such as spiders or crustaceans.

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Description (Specifications)[edit]

An arthropodoid creature is distinguished by a number of characteristics:

  • Segmented bodies consisting of two or more parts: typically a fused head and thorax (a cephalothorax) and an abdomen.
  • An exoskeleton or a hard, shell-like covering on the outside of the body.
  • Three or more pairs of jointed appendages referred to as legs. These are typically used for walking.
  • Antennae, typically mounting sensory organs.
  • An open circulatory system.

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Similar Forms[edit]

Arthropodoids are considered to be a relatively esoteric subclassification of Insectoid, primarily used by biologists to specifically identify a creature type.

Specific Species Examples[edit]

Selected Arthropodoid Species Examples
Species Sophonce Remarks
Amindii AKA Grasshoppers Sophont None
Ashdak Meshukiiba AKA Cow Ant Proto-Sophont None
Bove Sophont None
Dust Strider Creature They are native to Chamois in the Spinward Marches.
Eheen Sophont None
Hoplite Creature None
Horseshoe Crab Creature They are native to Terra.
Nocjaw Creature None
Sapow Creature None
Shrieker Sophont None
Xaruah Sophont None

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

Most biologists agree that a creature should exhibit at least three of the characteristics associated with arthropodoids to qualify as an arthropodoid, though others set the limit at two. The term is necessarily generic.

It is relatively common for a creature to meet sufficient criteria to qualify as more than one classification of animal.

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