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Hankashiquell

An adult hankashiquell, showing the wings and gigantic gasbag.

The hankashiquell is the largest animal of Klretukpokain. It is made of an algae and a copepod, which cannot survive without the other and are considered a single organism.

BiologyEdit

Hankashiquells are titanic, reaching up to 200 metres long and weighing, hydrogen removed, over 310 tons. This is even larger than a storapede. They can support their weight through a mix of hydrogen and air within their gasbags, which is 9969/10000 of the weight of normal air. This reduces their weight to an equivalent of just 4 tons, enabling them to nearly float in mid-air, using their wings to adjust their height. Smaller individuals have a higher proportion of hydrogen, with juveniles having gasbags completely filled with hydrogen.

Hankashiquells snatch organisms from the surface below it with their long maxillapedes. These animals are omnivores, with low metabolic needs. They can grab an organism with their maxillapedes, from curled-up position, in just five seconds. They are then brought to the maxillae to be shredded and swallowed. They use their gasbags to photosynthesize as an extra boost. Trees above 50 metres in height are too tough to be bothered with. These animals have keen senses. They have 19 camera eyes within their eye-pits, letting them view large areas in high defenition, and their long antennae let it taste the air for any tasty morsels about.

These animals have five wings. They gain speed by twisting the second, fourth and fifth wings into a near-vertical position and then pushing back, resulting in these animals rowing through the air. Once they are at a suitable pace, they will bring the wings together again, tilting them to change altitude. They may also bring their antennae into a sideways position, if they decide to try and stay at a certain altitude and don't want to flap. Their wing and antennae muscles can fix themselves into a sideways position to glide at.

They mate with the female standing on the ground with her maxillapedes, tail and wings. The male, easily recognisable by his large orange maxillapedes and gasbag's sides, will then impregnate her. After a few days, the female will lay sticky eggs with a copepod and algae cell within. The eggs are about the size of a football. The mothers bring the eggs to near their mouth, where she can care for them and prevent liveslimes from growing on them. They grow inside the egg until they are about half a metre in length, when they hatch. The young copepods feed off of the mother's meals and cling on to the mother until they are about 2 meters long, when they float around her in good weather. They continue to scavenge her meals until they are 10 metres long, when they will leave the mother and begin their own lives.

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