An Amphibianoid is the typoid classification of creatures exibiting characteristics similar to Terran amphibians such as frogs, newts or caecilians.
Amphibianoids are primarily noted for their ability to live in both aquatic and terrestrial environments. Most are associated for a significant process of metamorphosis, significantly changing their body plan as they develop and age.
Other specific characteristics include:
- Lack of hair or fur on their body. The surface skin is smooth or finely scaled.
- While able to survive outside of the aquatic environment, there is a preference for dampness or regular access to water.
- Despite their aquatic natures, they are air breathing creatures.
- Reproduction is via laying of eggs.
Specific Species Examples
- Schalli AKA Kiiroka
History & Background (Dossier)
Most biologists agree that a creature should exhibit at least three of the characteristics associated with Amphibianoid to qualify as an Amphibianoid, 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.
Outside of biology and Xenobiology, the term amphibian is often applied to vehicles that can traverse both aquatic and terrestrial environments.
References & Contributors (Sources)
- Author & Contributor: Lord (Marquis) and Master Scout Emeritus Adie Alegoric Stewart of the IISS
- Author & Contributor: Lord (Marquis) and Master of Sophontology Maksim-Smelchak of the Ministry of Science