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Homeworld Pagliacci (world)
Multi-world No
Reference Classic Traveller: Marooned Alone

The Stinkscrabbler (Spathedactyl Malbromos) is a small, dangerous creature from Pagliacci (world).

Physiology & Ecology[edit]

These small, quasi-reptilian creatures are unique to Pagliacci (world). Stinkscrabblers live in extensive underground burrows with numerous entrances, and are usually found around waterholes, feeding areas, along trails, and other places where animals could be expected to congregate or pass by. These creatures excrete a noxious substance which they encapsulate in small egg-shaped structures, which they scatter for several meters around the entrances to their burrows, sometimes scattering them on the surface, sometimes sticking them to the sides of rocks or trees, sometimes burying them just under the surface of the ground. These eggs are soft and flexible when initially created, but within a few hours harden and become quite fragile and easily fractured. The stinkscrabbler then lies dormant in its burrow until a victim breaks one or more of the eggs, and is overcome.

The contents are a complex combination of oily skin-irritants and extremely volatile eye and nose irritants, similar to the compounds produced by Terran skunks. The skin irritants cause an itching, burning sensation on human skin, and the other compounds vaporize immediately and cause temporary sneezing, coughing and a severe burning sensation in the eyes. The stinkscrabbler, guided to the prey by the smell of the eggs contents, rushes out of one of the holes of its burrow and attacks. Because the creature's eyesight is not particularly good, it guides itself to the general location of its prey by the smell of the chemicals contained in the eggs.

The large claws of the stinkscrabbler, equally useful in fighting or tunneling, cause deep and extensive wounds, which can be extremely painful if the irritants are introduced into them. Contaminated wounds take three times as long to heal, and the wounded party may only move at half speed until it heals. The chemicals produced by the stinkscrabbler are not persistent (unlike those of the Terran skunk) and will break down into harmless compounds within three to four hours.

Life Cycle & Reproduction[edit]

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Diet & Trophics[edit]

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History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

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