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ASTROVITAE ISSUE 01

Speculative biology publication showcasing worldbuilding projects by many artists and creators.

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CAPTIVATINGWORLDS | THECOTTONCROWNMANGROVE

PINK FISHERMAN:

GLITTERING SANDSNOUT

Glittering Sandsnouts are small creatures,

10 to 20 centimeters long, residing in

Cottoncrown mangroves. They live in

small locks, feeding on a wide variety of

aquatic creatures, catching them from the

water or digging them out of the sand with

their many-jawed mouth. This unique jaw

structure is characteristic of all animals on

Peralis C that have a skeleton and consists

of an articulated structure with several

throats located between each joint of the

mouths. All these pharynxes combine into

one inside the body forming one digestive

tract. Glittering Sandsnouts also stand out

for their unique eye structure reminiscent

of a tape or a ski mask; in such eyes there

are several pupils at once which gives

them an almost 360-degree vision.

Another noticeable inhabitant of

Cottoncrown mangroves is the Pink

Fisherman, undoubtably the strangest

creature of the bunch. This six-legged

organism hides among the roots and is

adorned with bright pink and yellow

patterns. It spends most of its days silently

waiting with a long proboscis deployed in

the water waiting for potential prey. Due

to its rarity, not much is known about its

ecology and reproduction, but extended

monitoring programmes are planned to

ind out more about this elusive critter and

various other variants that were reported.

ROOTSTAR:

Rootstars are starish-like organisms with

six eyes, one at the base of each of its six

central arms. Often found on

Cottoncrown roots, they graze on exudates

deposited on the surface by the

Cottoncrown. Interestingly, research

has shown that they deposit a different

substance in place of the exudates which

are then absorbed by the Cottoncrown

again. It seems they form a mutualistic

relationship in which they both provide

each other with nutrients. Another

interesting observation is that they are

usually found in small groups on large

roots, with none to be found on smaller

roots suggesting the Cottoncrown can

control where its exudates are deposited.

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