ARCHAEOGNATHA SAPIENS


CLASS: ARTHROPOID



   These small, timid Arthropoids favor horizontal surfaces, clambering along cliffsides or rugged enough walls to graze on vegetative organic matter. They possess no significant offensive capabilities, and their sole means of defense is to flex their tails and quickly launch themselves from their perches; more of an advanced falling technique than a leap.

BASE ORGANISM: The Archaeognatha or "jumping bristletails" are similar in many respects to the Thysanura or "silverfish." Both are virtually unchanged from the anatomical plans of the earliest terrestrial insects, and their thin exoskeletons are thickly covered in scales not unlike the wings of modern Lepidoptera. Bristletails feed primarily on algae, lichens and mosses and can often be found congregating on the trunks of trees.

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