|Head/Torso||Head with brain/senses|
|Limbs & Manipulators||2 fore wings|
|Homeworld||Apolo (Dagudashaag 0734)|
|Reference||Signal-GK 11 73.|
Physiology and ecology
These creatures are exclusively flyers, spending their entire lives riding on the dense, complex atmospheres that bathes Apolo. They are born, grow, feed, develop, mate, give birth, and die on the wing. Chraenta's have bilateral symmetry, measure two meters from nose to fan shaped tail, and have wing spans approaching four meters. They have short, dense, silky fur covering their torso and dorsal surfaces. They have two pairs of eyes, adapted for infrared wavelengths.
Predation is virtually non-existent and the major causes of death are disease and injuries sustained from courtship challenges, displays, and collisions with man-made devices. The average lifespan approaches forty standard years.
Life Cycle and reproduction
The Chraenta give birth to a single live pup which has a treacherous first few minutes of its life. It has to move from the birth canal opening down to the forward facing pouch. Despite assistance from the parent, up to a quarter of the young do not find security in the pouch and plummet to their deaths. The young feed on the Chraenta equivalent of milk then regurgitated food from the parent, before leaving the pouch at about three standard months. At this point the Chraenta's are mature enough to fly. They become sexually mature at around five standard years.
Diet and trophics
The Chraenta's are filter feeders, continually trawling the skies for small arthropods that swarm in the mid-atmosphere. The swarms are located using a radio-wave echolocation.
History and background
Although a protected species, many Chraenta's have made their way into private collections, but even under the best of conditions they do not survive for more than ten years.