Micro-ecology of Quicoral

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Micro-ecology of Quicoral
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Quicorallian Micro-ecology
Base Information
Classification Herbivore/filter
Terrain Ocean
Locomotion Static
Size Unknown
Speed None
Strength None
Social Structure Many
Weapons Unknown
Armor None
Source
Homeworld Argos (world)
Multi-world No
Canon Yes
Extinct Extant
Reference Journal of the Travellers Aid Society No. 21
TBD

The Micro-ecology of Quicoral is a creature lifeform that is not a sophont.

Description (Specifications)[edit]

Quicoral is similar to the ubiquitous Terran coral polyp common to many waterworlds.

  • Quicoral is not one creature or organism, but an entire ecology of organisms living in commensalistic symbiosis.

Physiology & Ecology[edit]

The upper surface of the raft is often populated by Sail Trees. These plants average a meter in height and consist of a hollow stem topped by a compound leaf supported by radiating spines, all of which make the tree look like a duck's webbed foot. The leaf "sail" unfurls to collect light, or funnel rainwater to the stem. These leaves fold at night, in cold or high winds. Sail trees are the basis for a micro-world of small animals living in and off the plant.

Even stranger are the adaptations of life under the rafts.

The biggest hitchhiker is usually an Argosian Hydra. Essentially a common Filter-feeder, the hydra originated in the mud of the tidal swamps, but has adapted to a unique ecological niche, attached to the underside of a loose raft. Hydras reach a length approximately equal to the diameter of the raft. They catch small prey with stinging, grappling tentacles. Though not strong enough to subdue a Human, the stinging cells of the tentacles are poisonous, occasionally fatal, and always painful. Hydras reproduce by fission, and during this process are extra-hungry, attacking everything in range (they have no armor, their average weight is 25.0 kg.).

Argosian Hydra (Creature) Mutualistic Ally Symbiont[edit]

The biggest hitchhiker is usually an Argosian Hydra. Essentially a common Filter-feeder, the hydra originated in the mud of the tidal swamps, but has adapted to a unique ecological niche, attached to the underside of a loose raft. Hydras reach a length approximately equal to the diameter of the raft. They catch small prey with stinging, grappling tentacles. Though not strong enough to subdue a Human, the stinging cells of the tentacles are poisonous, occasionally fatal, and always painful. Hydras reproduce by fission, and during this process are extra-hungry, attacking everything in range (they have no armor, their average weight is 25.0 kg.).

Argosian Sail Tree (Creature) Mutualistic Ally Symbiont[edit]

The upper surface of the raft is often populated by Sail Trees. These plants average a meter in height and consist of a hollow stem topped by a compound leaf supported by radiating spines, all of which make the tree look like a duck's webbed foot. The leaf "sail" unfurls to collect light, or funnel rainwater to the stem. These leaves fold at night, in cold or high winds. Sail trees are the basis for a micro-world of small animals living in and off the plant.

Life Cycle & Reproduction[edit]

On Argos, a higher amount of dissolved minerals, and other factors produced a lifeform that grows at a fantastic rate. The coral itself grows initially in the large tidal swamps of Argos, forming buoyant mats of pumicelike material, perfused with vegetable matter. From time to time, these "rafts" break loose and float out to sea, still growing. In the free state, they attain diameters up to twenty-five meters, and become a convenient home for other life. Rafts reach their greatest size after about eleven months. They eventually break up in storms, on beaches, or frigid waters. The growth rate is thought to be a defense against rapid wave erosion. Once considered a mere nuisance to watercraft, they are now being studied by several off-world institutions as a building material, and as a low-tech method of sea mineral extraction.

Diet & Trophics[edit]

The various parts of the Quicorallian Micro-ecology occupy all of the trophic levels of their own self-contained ecological food web. The diets of those various creatures in the Quicorallian Micro-ecology vary widely.

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

On Argos, the rafts were an early means of transport between the world's many scattered islands, and are still used occasionally by less advanced native tribes as vessel and home. In this case, the quicoral rafts influenced not only the evolution of a few sea creatures, but an entire Human planetary culture. Archeological teams from all over the Imperium come to study Argos' early days.

By adapting the polyp to new uses, the inhabitants of Argos expect to be able to transform their world once more with this "organic iceberg."

Derived Products (Goods)[edit]

No information yet available.

Travellers' Aid Society Advisory[edit]

The Travellers' Aid Society (TAS) classifies the Micro-ecology of Quicoral as non-threatening to most sophonts and makes no special advisory regarding this creature.

Image Repository[edit]

No information yet available.

Worlds & Sectors (Astrography)[edit]

This creature can primarily be found in the following areas:
Charted Space:

Homeworld: 1105[edit]

The homeworld of this creature is:

World Listing: 1105[edit]

Significant communities of this creature are known to be found within the following systems and worlds:

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References & Contributors (Sources)[edit]

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