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A Mammallianoid is a creature that exhibits characteristics similar to those of Terran mammals.

Description (Specifications)

A mammallianoid creature is distinguished by a number of characteristics:

  • It is endothermic (it produces heat within its body).
  • It has an internal spinal column or an internal structure that is a close parallel.
  • It possesses fur, hair, feathers, down, or some other structural layer as part of its body that helps to insulate it and retain heat.
  • It gives birth to live young.
  • It secretes nutrition for its offspring.

Specific Species Examples

  1. Asym AKA Kotch-cho-ba
  2. Bahku
  3. Bruhre
  4. Chinmaya AKA Chin
  5. Chokari
  6. Cleashitar
  7. Crawni
  8. Denaar
  9. Derfi'gassak
  10. Dolphin
  11. Efatian
  12. Gurvin
  13. Hamaran
  14. Hlanssai
  15. Hlatoi
  16. Humans, native to Terra.
  17. Inheritor
  18. Irdu
  19. J'aadje
  20. Jala'Lak
  21. Jessa
  22. Krimm AKA Mindworm AKA Psijack
  23. Lamura Teg AKA Lamura
  24. Lhshana
  25. Llyrnian AKA Demon
  26. Mewey
  27. Minlad
  28. Mazjaru
  29. Mockmole
  30. Murian
  31. Orpheides
  32. Orca AKA Killer Whale
  33. Polypheme
  34. Raccoonid
  35. Tentrassi
  36. Thorellian
  37. Threep
  38. Ulane
  39. Uplifted Ape
  40. Ursa
  41. Varan
  42. Xienner
  43. Yn-tsai
  44. Za'tachk

History & Background (Dossier)

Most biologists agree that a creature should exhibit at least three of the characteristics associated with mammals to qualify as a mammallianoid, though others set the limit at two. The term is necessarily generic: even some Terran species classified as mammals are relatively marginal in terms of meeting the necessary criteria.

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

References & Contributors (Sources)

This article was copied or excerpted from the following copyrighted sources and used under license from Far Future Enterprises or by permission of the author.