CORIXA SAPIENS


CLASS: ARTHROPOID



  These small, amphibious Arthropoids are quite awkward on land, achieving only a gangly, stumbling sort of movement between bodies of water, though they are fairly adept swimmers. Males are capable of producing intense sound waves, not as powerful as those of cicada fusions, but disorienting on land and potentially paralyzing underwater.

BASE ORGANISM: Related to the waterbugs and toad bugs, the family Corixidae are characterized by enlarged, powerful back legs adapted for paddling rapidly through water in pursuit of prey. Some species, referred to as "backswimmers," swim only upside-down, feeding on insects trapped upon the water's surface. Male boatmen produce stridulation from their reproductive organs, proportionately the loudest stridulated sound in the animal kingdom.

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