Tree dwelling Anola
|Social Structure||Small pack|
|Homeworld||Pysadi (Spinward Marches 3008)|
|Reference||The Traveller Adventure 141.|
- 1 Description (Specifications)
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- 1.2 Physiology & Ecology
- 1.3 Life Cycle & Reproduction
- 1.4 Diet & Trophics
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Physiology & Ecology
Anolas mass an average of 3.0 kilograms, and are usually between 50 and 75 centimeters in length, including their two prehensile tails.
Details of the neuro-muscular system and the digestive system are not presently available.
Respiration is accomplished by paired lungs in the upper chest cavity. The circulatory system is closed, with a pair of two chambered hearts moving the blood.
Gas exchange is typical, making use of an iron-based hemoglobin.
Life Cycle & Reproduction
Early Anola Reproductive Theories
For many years, it was thought that Anolas were three different species, since Anolas were known only from poorly preserved pelts, with distinctively different patterning, smuggled off-planet.
However, as more complete Anola specimens became available, it was determined that the three different patterned pelts were actually those of one species with three different gender (reproductive) phases and a complex life cycle.
Anola Reproductive Dynamics
Anolas live in small groups. Five adults is the average size, one male, three parentals of varying ages and one female.
Anolas are now known to be hermaphroditic (proto-andrists), and the three gender phases are stages in sexual development. In other words, the sex (gender) of an individual Anola changes several times, based upon unknown factors and certain conditions that are not well understood during its lifetime, a process known as sequential hermaphroditism.
Each repoductive phase (male, female, and neuter) of the Anola life cycle causes the animal to form a new and distinct pattern of fur coloration, density, and length. This is is the result of hormonal changes associated with gender shifts. Little is known for certain about the exact details of the reproductive cycle, but the following information is the currently accepted sequence of events.
1. Anola Reproduction Phase One: Male
Anola begin their lives as male animals.
Anola young are born with two sets of reproductive organs, of which, the male system first becomes active, upon reaching maturity, while female system remains dormant.
2. Anola Reproduction Phase Two: Neuter
The vast majority of males also undergo a life cycle phases as neuters, caring for Anola young. This occurs under certain conditions, when the male reproductive system degenerates, glands for the nourishment of the young develop, and the male becomes a neuter, or parental.
This change in proportion of the parental hormones and pheromones as females birth young, causes the male to become a parental. The group then seeks out a new breeding male as rapidly as possible.
3. Anola Reproduction Phase three: Female
Under certain conditions, the female system of a parental will activate, and the individual becomes a female.
Females mate soon after assuming the female phase, and soon bear a litter of three cubs. The birth process is hard, and she is quite weakened from the ordeal for about three months afterward. With each successive litter, the females become weaker, and few survive their third. When the female dies, it appears that the lack of a certain pheromone triggers the female organs in the oldest neuter into activity, and that neuter becomes female within a few weeks.
4. Anola Death
Almost all Anolas die as females from birthing exhaustion, although it is possible for an Anola to remain in neuter stage until old age and death.
Diet & Trophics
Anolas are known to eat a variety of small animals, insects, fish, amphibians, etc., but they primarily subsist on a very wide variety of plant-based matter including a number of grassy grains.
Anolas are considered holy by the Mother Church of Pysadi. Their export, capture, or study by any but those high in the religious hierarchy is banned. They are kept in special, heavily-guarded garden preserves and are cared for by specially appointed keepers.
Killing one of these animals is a capital offense on Pysadi. Although anolas are occasionally encountered in the wild on Pysadi, those close to civilized areas have been taken into the preserves.
- Live Specimen Demand: Several universities, zoos, and xenobiological institutes have offered substantial rewards for live anolas.
- Private Collectors: Wealthy animal collectors are reported to offer as much as Cr 7,000,000 for a breeding group of five adults, as outlined above.
- Pelt Demand: There is still a thriving market for the smuggling of preserved Anola pelts offworld.
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