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So a couple months ago I started my first evo game that gained a bit of traction but lost interest due to slow updates and competition.
So I am revamping the system and trying again!

How to play:
- Open an image of a species in the editor of your choice
(Use something that doesn't leave a blurry line, like a pencil tool)
-Illustrate a evolutionary change to that species
-Save as .PNG!
-Post your new species in the thread with a breif description of what change you added and why.
-Indicate what generation your creature is. (The starting organisms are Gen 0)
-A creatures size or name aren't required, but strongly reccomended.
-Joke illustrations and memes are allowed, but do not pic spam

Notes:
-Unless stated or shown explicitly, no species goes extinct. Old species can still evolve.
-Try to make you evolutions gradual and realistic, no species is going to evolve fully functional
wings or legs in 3 steps.
-Every 48ish hours I'll add a updated phylogeny chart to track changes.
-Every 3-4 days will mark the end of an era with a mass extinction, this is a rough estimate
based on activity so it might be sooner or later; I will notify the thread if this is the case
-I will be rolling for Random World Events.
-Have fun, and remember that all art skill levels are welcome, this game wouldn't exist without contributions!

~~Also feel free to ask questions! I will be putting the map in the post below because this one is getting long
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-Setting-

Planet classification: CZ-842 (aka, Astori), it orbits a Binary star system (one red sun and one yellow sun)
Atmosphere: 68% Nitrogen, 13% Argon, 9% Oxygen, 7% Other Gases, 3% Carbon Dioxide
Moons: 2
Average Global Temperature: 29°C (79°F)
Tectonics: None detected
Volcanic Activity: Very Minimal
Weather Systems: Slow-moving thunder storms, rolling waves
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Derar Species

Gen 0

Scavenger
Size: 4.0 cm
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Odra Species

Gen 0

Opportunistic Carnivore
Size: 1.2 cm
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Avax Species

Gen 0

Omnivore
Size: 2.5 cm
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Chak Species

Gen 0

Filter Feeder/Herbivore
Size: 1.0 cm
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Ibloh Species

Gen 0

Bacteria/Algae
Size: .60cm
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>>2622878
Oh yes, a few more things before I leave this alone:

1. The creatures cannot see or really sense things, they are just aimlessly floating around the ocean.
2. No creature at this time is going to be able to get enough food to survive being bigger than 8 cm
3. Double check your edits and make sure they aren't done with brushes that leave a fuzzy outline, it is incredibly hard to edit and looks bad, the pencil tool and bucket tool are your firends!
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>>2622895
The Ibloh begin grouping with eachother
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>>2622891
LET'S GET THIS SHOW ON THE ROAD! I feel like having one of those evo's that lasts for months...

The longer the Chak, the longer it's filtering stomach lining and the more nutrients it can consume. Elongated Chak have a higher chance of survival.
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>>2622936
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>>2622885
Derar have no centralized nervous system or organs, all essential parts are found equally all over their body (reproductive cells in their skin, digestion all over their body, ect). As a result, Derar who are cut in half survive as separate organisms. Dividing themselves allows for one part to survive while another is eaten by hungry Odra or Avax.
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>>2622938
>>2622938
Clusters of Ibloh allow them to pass energy amongst them. Many Ibloh cells often go into 'hibernation', where they are fed by other Ibloh cells and provide hard cover against herbivores.
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>>2622889
A type of Avax develops a photosensitive cell on it's upper surface. Using this cell, the Avax is capable of determining whether light is shining at it from above or not. Using this ability, the animal is capable of figuring out whether there's a sheet of Ibloh above it or not thanks to the Ibloh blocking sunlight, and waiting underneath until the Ibloh falls. Unfortunately, this tactic works against the creature during the night, as it thinks that there's constantly Ibloh above it and stands still.
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>>2622985
Man, Avax look like a goth-chicks pierced tongue.
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>>2622985
As the Avax lies in wait for a prey to get near or hit the ground, it needs to move quickly when attacking. Larger front 'legs' allow Avax to get to a meal quicker.
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>>2622895
Mobile Ibloh wrought themselves into existence, forged into superiority from their lesser, non mobile brethren.

The flagellum allow them to move up and down in water towards a peak "goldilocks" zone for optimal growth.
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>>2622887
Some Odra develop bigger heads to take larger bites, allowing them to get more food faster
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>>2622887
Gen 1
Size: 0.8 cm

The Odra decreases in size, instead of hunting Chak, they attack themselves to Derar, leeching nutrients from them, but rarely enough to kill the Derar.
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>>2622885
Gen 1
Size: 5.0 cm

Larger Derar have a better chance of living with Odra leeches, Derar increase in size by 1 cm.
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>>2623349
In order to find Derars on which to feed, the Leech Odra Develops a protuberance capable of detecting chemicals in the surrounding water, giving the creature a crude sense of smell.
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>>2623182
As more mobile Ibloh find their way into the goldilocks zone, they also have more ease to maintain their position. By stretching their flagella vertically, they stand in the water without drifting away, allowing them to preserve more energy.

Gen3
Bacteria/Algae
Size: 3.2 cm
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>>2623358
Wait, can you explain this? How does the Derar grow and profit from having leeches draining its nutrients?
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>>2623217
Aerodynamics kick in and the large head Odra finds it easier to manoeuvre with a flattened body.

Carnivore
Size: 2.5 cm
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>>2623637
They don't, it's just that bigger Derar's are less likely to die when they have Leech Odra on them. So Derar become naturally bigger over time.
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>>2623654
The larger Odra slowly grow's smaller piercer-like bits on it's mouth-bit theirfore allowing easier and longer lasting leech-ability.
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>>2622985
Avax develops unusual filaments that allow it to feed on the energy of darkness. It now uses its photosensitive cell to seek for darkness.

Gen 2

Umbravore
Size: 2.5 cm
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>>2623182
Some Ibloh that are mobile link together in large symbiotic communities.
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>>2624127
Nibba dafuq?
Darkness has no energy?
This doesn't work?
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>>2624127
Man the meems found this one quick
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>>2623493
Gen 3
Size: 0.8 cm

The Odra loses it's tail, and flattens out to better leech the Derar.
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>>2623015
New Name: Angulax

When exposed to too much darkness, energy stored in the light is emitted, allowing it to move in the night.
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>>2622937
The longer Chak may receive more nutrients, but is a large Target to Odra. Due to this, two evolutions occur. One is the addition of spikes to the longer chak. The other is a shortening of the chak, but a increase in cillia length, allowing even faster movement.
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>>2624609
2nd Chak
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>>2624205
New organelles pop up in Ibloh, responsible for shared electrical communication between organisms. Those bacteria that are more synergistic with each other tend to move as a group a bit more quickly than their less social counterparts. This allows the bacteria to adapt to changing events faster by "spreading the word"

(fun read: https://www.pri.org/stories/2014-01-09/new-research-plant-intelligence-may-forever-change-how-you-think-about-plants)
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>>2624127
>energy of darkness
How's 8th grade pal?
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>>2622940
Some Derar begin harboring small colonies of the mobile Ibloh. The Ibloh provide photosynthesis during the day, and during the evening the Derar scavenges for organic material.

A slight uptic in intelligence is noted in the Symbiotic Derar; in the form of guided pathfinding towards light or chemicals.
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>>2624127
The Darkness Avax evolves to feed on people's evos by draining out their internal juices. Due to it's weak fluid transfer capability, sometimes excess fluid from the Avax will be pressed back into it's victim.

The Lestat Avax is born. Interestingly it reproduces by horizontal gene transfer both to and from it's victims.sometimes with unintended consequences.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fuCAjTbRfL8
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>>2623632
The gen 4 variant has a highly modified organelle derived from photosynthesis units. This one is highly sensative and tends to cause the organism to "Steer" towards light.

What is remarkable about this is that the organism now has an orientation in it's symmetry. A definitive front and back.
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>>2624127
>>2624637

While I like your spirit, you are about 10,000 Million years too early ;)
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>>2624613
>>2624205

Also if I may, make sure to not crop out creature details. It makes it hard to compile them
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>>2622895
Some Ibloh fill out along their Z axis, creating enough surface area to become buoyant. They float meters from the ocean's surface
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First Phylogeny Chart!

I think as a general rule maybe the creature pics shouldn't get much bigger than the largest we have on here, my current art program doesn't like huge canvas sizes and I hate to waste thread space by having to post multiple
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>>2624688
Or maybe they will and I can just post a link to the phylogeny charts that I host on imgur. feel free to leave input, after all im still pretty new to this and I want to make it fun and easy for the players
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>>2624520
Whoa, what? The creature stops moving because the lack of light means there's prey overhead, how does shining a light in its own eyes help?
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>>2623991
Alright, this helps, thanks!
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>>2624747
I imagine its more akin to a soft light that illuminates its surroundings, but I might be wrong
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>>2624752
Could be. Still wouldn't make too much sense with the current level of eyesight though.
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>>2624632
Green Derar's photosynthetic cells send out signals to its host when light is present or absent. This way, the Derar can see some shadows of predators approaching and split themselves up as defence mechanism. In true Derar fashion, these photosensitive spots are distributed all over the body.
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>>2624609
The spikes allow the Chak to live peacefully and grow even longer. Their bodysize just keeps increasing.

Filter Feeder/Herbivore
Size: 5 cm
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>>2624007
The larger Odra takes advantage of their body mass and grows larger mandibles. It allows to pick up prey or tear off a chuck and leech nutrients while swimming.

Carnivore
Size: 3.0 cm
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>>2623015
While some Avax gained photoluminescence to search for Ibloh, others instead refined their eyes. The Looking Avax is capable of crudely discerning shapes and gauge the brightness of light.

The eye, despite it's increased size, is still only a single cell: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ocelloid

Name:Looking Avax
Diet:Omnivore, mostly Ibloh
Size:2.5 cm
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By the way, if you were participating in the last Traditional Evogame thread, I want to say that I will be postponing the next thread of that game until this thread ends, as I don't want the two games to compete for players.
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>>2624613
Individual mobile Ibloh gather in such large numbers that they become a sort of fuzzy blob of flailing flagella, directing their mass towards light. at minimum the blobs tend to be 2cm, reaching a mighty 5cm in length. By nature, the blobs are easily dispersed, and if under duress the colony will simply fall apart.
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>>2622938
The net Ibloh begin folding and wrapping into themselves, creating the Cublo.
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>>2624873
forgot the picture.
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>>2624867
My opinion: I'm invested in this evo and would rather just continuously post in this one than have to alternate because of competition. Iget why you would, it's just a thought.
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Planet Astori is still young, but continuing to grow and change.
As the lands above sea have grown and shifted, so has the ocean, causing pockets of Deep Ocean (7-11km), out in the open water.

Atmosphere: 70% Nitrogen, 14% Argon, 9% Oxygen, 7% Other Gases, 5% Carbon Dioxide
Moons: 2
Average Global Temperature: 24°C (75.2°F)
Tectonics: Occasional Strong Earthquakes
Volcanic Activity: Very Minimal
Weather Systems: Sparse Rain, Slow-Moving Thunderstorms


The increased amounts of Ibloh and Ibloh-like organisms has introduced more oxygen into the water, cooling it by several degrees, As a result of this all Gen 1 creatures are considered "endangered" and will go extinct when the next Phylogeny Chart is posted.

Meanwhile, all Gen 0 creatures will be considered "Frozen" after the chart is posted, signifying that they are still alive and living towards the bottom of the ocean where they are not going to be able to evolve until they are "Unfrozen"
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>>2625124
The next chart is going to be roughly 12 hours from now, instead of 24, as a way to signify the end of the event. So evolve what you want to keep!
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>>2622985
Some Avax steadly evolve fins to move quicker, this greatly aids in hunting and also allows them to ensnare prey
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>>2624670
The Box Ibloh begin sticking together, forming enormous structures that are protected from herbivores through their sheer size alone. While the structure's outer layer is composed of living Ibloh, the inner Ibloh are mostly dead thanks to lack of sunlight and lack of gases.

Name: Box Ibloh
Size: 1 cm(individual), 12 cm(colony)
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>>2624874
Thanks to being formed from several flat components, the inside of the Cublo is hollow and usually filled with water. Some Cublo have developed valves to pump that water out and pump some of the oxygen they produce in, using the cavity to achieve buoyancy.
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>>2625147
In order to keep the inner Ibloh, which are responsible for the structure of their cube, from dying inside the Box, the outer Ibloh develop specialized siphons on their inside walls. These siphons maintain the nutrients of the inner Ibloh, as well as maintaining the structure of the cube itself.

Name: Box Ibloh
Size: 1cm (Individual), 12cm (Colony)
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>>2624839
The larger mandibles, while useful, were often unwieldy while the Mandible Odra was swimming. To deal with this issue, the larger fins develop, helping to balance the animal as it swam, and make it a more efficient predator.

Carnivore
Size: 3cm
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>>2625386
Added a tail that works as a rudder to allow for faster maneuvering.
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>>2625341
>>2624875
>>2624873

The Symbiotic Ibloh is a curious yet somewhat common occurance when the cube and mobile Ibloh blobs impact into each other. The two are mutually cooperative, with the relativly flat and square mobile ibloh latching onto a side of the cubes. These new gestalt organisms have something akin to specialized cells in the in the form of different macro organisms.

If the wto Ibloh comingle long enough, the proto nerves of the flat species will bore into the cubes due to the tubes of the cubes (that rhymed) piercing the flat species and creating a vector for transmission.

Larger colonies of these "smart cubes" tend to exhibit greater survivability than either individual species.
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>>2625143
The Finny Avax evolves a row of photosensitive cells on its front to help it discern direction.
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>>2624610
The Chak has developed nibs of sharp bone, a type of teeth, to break down larger vhunls of food for easier digestion in it's small body
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>>2625785
>vhunls
I mean chunks
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>>2625386
A longer body with multiple fins evolves. Segmented Odra uses its whole body to propel itself, making its movement fast and powerful.

Carnivore
Size: 6cm
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>>2624810
As their size continues to increase, the Spiked Chak develops specialized filter pieces around their mouths. These pieces catch microorganisms, which the animal can then feed off of. They also develop a wider, larger head in order to accommodate their larger size

Filter Feeder/Herbivore
Size 7cm
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>>2625489
The Mandible Odras develops light sensitive organs to allow for more effective and efficient predation.

Carnivore
Size: 3cm
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>>2625785
Is it a carnivore now?
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>>2626288
No, still a Herbivore
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>>2624747
In extended periods of time, such as night.
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>>2625747
Some Finny Avax gain a large dorsal fin, which acts as a sail. This allows the Avax to float on the ocean surface, swooping down to consume the Ibloh from above.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Velella
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>>2624472
Gen 4
Size: 0.8 cm

Normally, Odra are born by an organism splitting in half, becoming two. When a Leech Odra is attached to a Derar, the Odra stay attached.
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>>2623358
Gen 2
Size: 5.0 cm

A symbiotic relationship has begun to form between the Leech Odra and the Host Derar. The Odra form a sort of protective layer, giving the Derar better defense against predators.
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>>2626755
Gen 5
Size: 0.8 cm
Leech Odra that have fed on Green Derar have absorbed photosynthetic cells and have mixed them with their own cells. Now a host is no longer necessary, a Green Odra can simply attach itself to a rock with some sunlight. But they have become more attractive to Host Derar.
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>>2626778
Gen 3
Size: 5.0 cm

The Host Derar have now officially bonded with the Green Odra, the two organism share nutrients between themselves. They have essentially become one organism.
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>>2625341
The Sailing Avax now have claws to pierce through box ibloh colonies and consuming the individual box ibloh.

Omnivore
Size: 5.5 cm
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>>2626944
Due to its prey now being Across and below the Avax, a new larger eye is now in between its limbs, and less eyes are present on top. All of the eyes are now more sensitive to light, allowing Avax to see several colors, and shadows.

NEW NAME: Avellax

Omnivore
Size: 5.5 cm
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forgot image
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man yall went ham, posting phylogeny chart in 10
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A generation has passed, a menagerie of varied creatures to take its place. Astori continues to grow, creating even more lands for these small ones to explore.

Gen 0 is now frozen, while still thriving and alive on Astori, it cannot be evolved from.

The New size limit is 20 cm
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>>2627372
Also as a little teaser, I am going to try and post a world event around 12-18 hours from now, so get excited for that
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Lightseeker
Gen4
Bacteria/Algae
Size: 4.7 cm

the Lightseeker has developed multiple new organelles within it's own body, ever increasingly complex structures that drive more complex behavior. Adaptations brought about by not only evolution but horizontal gene transfer with other species of Ibloh. These gained adaptations, while similiar, differ from it's kin in being more centralized.

Lightseekers are solitary unlike most Ibloh, and still reproduce via binary fission. Lone Symbiotic Ibloh can often be found pairbonded with the lightseeker.
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>>2624875
Symbiotic Ibloh Colony
Gen 6
Algae/ Bacteria
Size: 1 foot
These compartivly titanic blobs of Algae like organisms move as a gestalt superorganism. Individuals within the colony will specialize to benefit the whole, meanwhile a relativly constant flow of Ibloh trade in and out of the center mass, absorbing light, propelling the colony forward.

These organisms are a favorite of predators.
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>>2625785
Chak that evolve vertical ridges can better slice up manageable chunks of Cublo and Ibloh colonies

Gen 4
Herbivore
3 cm
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>>2627553
I think you went over the size limit buddy
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>>2627607
>>2627553

I mean, I have been letting the colonies slide on a technicality as it isn't really an 'individual creature'

but yeah, its just... so much over the limit im gonna need a adjustment down to around 15 cm, as a foot is 30 cm
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>>2627607
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRfKdNxIOcQ

I'd beg forgiveness, but instead ill post this.
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>>2627617
fair is fair man.
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>>2624803
To outrun and out-maneuver others, a species of Derar starts to grow stumpy legs on its "skirt", allowing for a burst of speed as it hobbles along the ocean floor or clumsily swims.
These creatures are called Stevar

Scavenger
Gen 4
6 cm
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>>2624875
To protect against predators, the Ibloh Slime becomes host to a specific strain of bacteria that produces a chemical that breaks down the membranes of cells. The Ibloh itself is immune to the chemical, thanks to it's cells being covered in a secondary membrane made of a different compound.
Due to the presence of the bacteria, the slime changes color.
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>>2624866
Some Avax have been unlucky enough to try and eat a >>2627797. Surprisingly, not all of those Avaxes died: some had a mutation that caused their cell membranes to incorporate proteins that counteract the Ibloh Slime's poison. Some even began utilizing the Ibloh Slime to their advantage, holding it in the stomach until finding a tasty derar and vomiting it out, killing the prey swiftly and often turning it into much more easily edible mush.
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>>2623182
Mobile Ibloh are often absorbed by Green Derar or Green Odra in a symbiotic relationship, providing energy from the sun and receiving nutrients. However, Ibloh cells can take advantage of their host without providing photosynthesis. They absorb nutrients faster than their host can provide while reproducing rapidly, eventually wearing out the other organism.

A disease is born.
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>>2627639
The Stevar takes advantage of it's flexible membrane. It stretches out over sand and rocks and retracts its body when predators are close. Between the retracting, the skittering and the splitting into separate organisms, Stevar almost always come out on top when facing a predator.
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>>2627607
How long does the size limit last?
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>>2626852
With the Derar getting more nutrients and having to fend off more predators, it grows in size and thickens its membrane.

Gen 4
Size: 6.0 cm
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>>2625956
The filtering tendrils of the chak are helpful in finding bigger Ibloh. With Ibloh rapidly moving through the water, the tendrils also develop cells that detect motion.
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The smaller Chak arranges its teeth in a spiral, so that it can "drill" and burrow through colonies of Ibloh and stay there for a while, comfy and full.
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Gen 4
Width: 8.0 cm Height: 1 cm

The Host Derar flatten out so that more of their surface area is in the light, photosynthesizing. The rest of their diet comes from whatever they can scrounge up on the ocean floor. Like a vacuum cleaner they suck up anything they slide over.
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>>2627602
These Vertical ridges evolve to make the chak move quicker in the water

Gen 5
Herbivore
3.5 cm
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>>2626027
Even though the Odras have sufficed with their fins and tails, the mandibles are still a burden on them. They evolve with longer fins and tail

NEW NAME: Odra Ray
Carnivore
Size: 5cm
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>>2628649
Eventually, the Derarodra become so elongated that they just stay dormant on rocks, akin to that of moss.They now only feed on sunlight, due to not being able to scavenge for bacteria on the ocean's floor.

Gen 5
Photosynthesis
Width:15 cm
height 1cm
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>>2629486
To absorb more sunlight, the derarodra moss turns green
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>>2626997
Due to exposure of sunlight, the Avellax recieves a dull hazel variant.

Omnivore
Size:5.5cm
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>>2627553
In order to pierce through the large size of the symbiotic Ibloh colonies, the Avellax recieves larger, jointed claws, and has an increased size.

Omnivore
Size:14cm
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>>2626944
To compete with the Avellax the Sailing Avax develop more sophisticated eyes to spot food or danger, they have a wide field of vision.

Herbivore
Size: 5.5 cm
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Phylogeny Chart Time, as animals turn to plants and plants into animals, the absloute size limit is raised!

Maximum Size limit:
30 cm in ocean and deep ocean
15 cm in shallow water
10 cm above water
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>>2630454
>this thread
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>>2630564
I mean, is it really an evo game without a creature becoming a plant?
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>>2626027
As the heavy mandibles of the Mandible Odras continued to be a burden to it, animals with more slender, yet sharper mandibles develop.

Carnivore
Size: 3cm
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As Derarodras dot the shallow rocks of the ocean, and Avellax sail the surface. The lands grow larger, and the beaches wider. A strange phenomena starts to occur, parts of the ocean start to rise, creating multiple small pools of floating water over the ocean.

World Stats:

Atmosphere: 68% Nitrogen, 14% Argon, 10% Oxygen, 7% Other Gases, 6% Carbon Dioxide
Moons: 2
Average Global Temperature: 22°C (71.6°F)
Tectonics: Small earthquakes
Volcanic Activity: Consistent deep-ocean activity, occasional eruptions on the lands
Weather Systems: Sparse Rain, Slow-Moving Thunderstorms,
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>>2631032
At the thickest, the floating ponds are 1m deep, and 5 m wide, and get the whole spectrum of light.

The underside of the ponds is usually more humid and lacks most red and orange colored light due to it being absorbed by the water above it.
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>>2625895
Gave eyes to better hunt down Chak. ALSO, can hunt certain Avax.

NEW NAME: Anomalodra
Size: 8cm
Carnivore
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>>2630115
NEW NAME: Salvax
Added a tail to move faster and to dive down in to the depths. Due to size, can now devour entire Ibloh colonies with ease.
Size: 25cm
Omnivore
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>>2625956
The Chak develop secondary filter pieces. They descend into deep ocean, their efficient tentacles and lack of competition makes them greatly increase in size.

Filter Feeder
Size 25cm
Habitat: Deep Ocean
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>>2631710
To catch multiple Ibloh at once the Salvax develop rake-like claws.
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>>2631603
The Anomalodra follow Midnight Chak into the depths. They evolve larger eyes and coloration that is less noticable in the dim light.

Carnivore
Size: 15cm
Habitat: Ocean, Deep Ocean
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>>2630273
The Avax grow elongated fins, making them able to outmaneuver faster but clumsier Salvax.
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>>2629316
Chak cilia now have suctions at the end strips of them, using them to stick onto large Ibloh colonies to consume them easier.

NEW NAME: Chakalopod
Herbivore
4.5cm
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>>2633534
The Chaklopod, now with its limited tentacles, can use jet propulsion to get around. It consumes the water through its mouth, then compresses it and releases, shooting out up to speeds of 10mph

Herbivore
6.5 cm
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>>2627533
The Lightseeker develops a new method of reproduction, it grows multiple small spores inside itself and releases them on the water surface. It also becomes flatter to catch more sunlight.

Gen5
Bacteria/Algae
Size: 10 cm
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>>2622878
Huh. Glad to see you back OP. I was the one to upgrade the blue guy with faster wiggler things. Glad to see you picked your thread back up again and that its gotten more attention this time around. I'm interested to see where this goes.
Art looks a lot better too, hopefully mine isn't too shit by comparison if I try an upgrade or two.
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>>2633872
Bro im just so happy that this is getting this much attention, and as for the art you are more than fine; participation keeps the shit going more than having "good" art
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>>2624520
Gently drifting along the Ocean floor, the Angularx
attracts unsuspecting prey with its lure, its legs allowing for greater maneuverability and grazing potential

Gen 4
Omnivore
Size: 5 cm
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>>2628369
The Driller Chak slowly eats and turns until it embeds itself into plant-like creatures such as Derarodra or Ibloh colonies, embedding itself into its meal for weeks on end.

When their "prey" becomes too weak, it uses its clawed cillia to un-twist itself and find a new target

Gen 5
Herbivore
Size: 6 cm
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>>2631032
The floating pools of water had captured some organisms. Stand Ibloh, who are able to move up and down, found a stable way to hang in the floating pools. They let their bottom strands hang, which absorb some useful gasses out of the air.
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>>2628272
The Stevar, being prey, have to adapt to their changing environment. The photosensitive cells which form their eyes, become more complex, allowing them not only to spot predators but distinguish the landscape and find better regions.
As a result, they now migrate often towards the shore when there is little food to scavenge in deeper regions and migrate back into the deep when there's little sunlight.

Scavenger/Photosynthesis
Gen 6
3-7 cm
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>>2627797
Slimes that were captured in the rising floating pools have to adapt. They develop primitive eyes to see the edges of the pools. When they reproduce they separate into their component Ibloh and expell them out of the pool to float in the air until they find new floating pool.

Gen 6
Size: 10cm
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>>2634183
Where there are Ibloh, there are Chak, and the floating slimes are young and full of nutrients. Chaklopods who find themselves under floating slimes use their jet propulsion to jump out of the water and into the cloud of young slimes. It's mostly a game of trail and error though. Their longer fins allow them some level of aerodynamics. We call these 'jumping chakpod' or 'jumpod'.

Herbivore
6.5 cm
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With the increase of dangerous Odra, the Large Derar builds a thicker membrane. Photosynthetic cells still gather some energy, but mainly the shell helps the Derar gather food in peace. We call this a Sheldar.
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With the increasing specialization of creatures, and the increasing strangeness of the planet; many of the creatures are finding themselves out competed and over-hunted, resulting in the first major extinction on Astori

All creatures marked with an E are Endangered, and will be extinct when the next Phylogeny Chart is posted,
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>>2634406
Also, when I post the new Phylogeny Chart, all the lowest Gen creatures will be put in Gen 1 A so as to keep everything level
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>>2627797
Eventually, the Driller Chak consumes some of the slime, and they are found to be immune to its membrane digesting chemical. Due to its immunity, the chemical begins to show up on its skin, leading to a much higher alkalinity (toxic). The skin is now found to have bright patterns on its surface to warn predators.

Toxic-Driller Chak
Herbivore
Size: 7cm
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>>2624866
To protect from large Anomalodra on the ocean floor, the Eyeball Avax develops a hard outer shell.

Mollusk Avax
Omnivore
Size:4.5 cm
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>>2631727
To stave off Anomalodra the Midnight Chak evolve their cilia into an array of stinging antennae.
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>>2625609
In danger of being hunted into extinction, the Symbiotic Ibloh now go through mitosis when it has eaten enough. This has encourage them to go beyond just photosynthesis. Anything absorbed by the cube is dissolved down to base nutrients. Any trash or leftovers from dead animals is absorbed and dissolved. Their main prey is Derarordra due to their stationary nature.
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>>2633903
Eventually, some Angulax develop back legs to quickly catch its prey, and to be able to walk on dry land, momentarily, before it needs to breathe again.

Walking Agulax
Omnivore
Size: 7cm
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If you guys want to join a continuous game over on infinity chan it's /evogames/. Pretty fun right now.
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Due to their natural bouyancy, the Cublo find their way into the floating pockets of water of the atmosphere. Here, they find no predation or competition whatsoever, allowing them to thrive and reproduce in amazing rates. They begin folding into shapes never seen before, reaching godlike levels of geometric complexity
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>>2636221
While I like your art style.
Can you like simplify it so that other people can add on and shit?
like its nigh impossible for anyone to do any simple mutation's/evolution's.
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While living in floating pools provides the Slime with plenty of light the nutrients are not sufficient for their size. They develop better eyes to search for food and form a cavity in their body to engulf other algae, kill them with poison and absorb them.
Their favorite food are multifaceted Cublo.

Herbivore/Photosynthesis
Gen 7
Size: 10cm
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>>2633937
The Standing Ibloh increases in size, especially the noodles that increase its stability and its feeding. The lower noodles produce a sticky substance and it generates a dome-like head.
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>>2629612
>>2629944
Actually, quick question, QM. This planet has a binary star system. What are the wavelengths of light released by these two stars? At the least, in the visible spectrum. I'd guess red-orange and yellow at least, but I want to know how much of the other colors are given out by the stars.
Along with this, what is the general pH of the oceans?

>>2631032
As in actual, floating balls of water? Its getting The Integral Trees in here.

>>2633903
Was wondering when bioluminescence was going to come into full effect.

>>2634406
When you do these endangered/extinction events, will you also account for animals that prey on these species to be put in endangered category as well?


Finally QM, any chance of during your next phylogeny update, that you give brief outlines of each species as well as their names? Or at the very least, put the names underneath each picture. Trying to keep track of each of these different species as well as what sets each generation apart makes it a bit tricky at times to remember what all does what.

Also, are we allowed to evolve from a frozen species if we are able to justify it? I want to try something with the Derar that isn't infested with parasitic Odra, or evolved to perform symbiotic relations with it.
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>>2637526
1 A: Honestly the Yellow sun is pretty much like ours, though it releases a tad more blue light. The red is similar to a red dwarf (if a bit big to be a dwarf) and releases mostly red light, but still gives off the whole spectrum.

As for the oceanic Ph, probably around 8.3, a bit more base then ours.

2 A: Yep, floating water, its gonna get a little more nuts as the event progresses. Trying to introduce some fun "magic-like" mechanics without having everything shoot lightning or fireballs.

3 A: I have been trying to account for it yes, though if anyone has any notes or wants to point out something I missed we can talk about it on the Discord : https://discordapp.com/channels/215163352916295681/425926693086298114

I don't know about a breif outline, but I can start trying to leave both the names of creatures as well as potential markers listing their diet and location.

As for the frozen species, I will be unfreezing them in this event, though with a bit of a twist (though for future note, most frozen creatures will be considered un-evolvable unless its under specific conditions, so as to keep it fair)
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Derars, in order to pick up speed to lach onto prey, gains fins along it's body.
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>>2626778
As the ecosystem expands, more bio-matter begins to fill the oceans. Including detritus and rotting bits of other species, food for the scavenging Derar. Thanks to this increase in bounty, the over all size of many Derar expand.

This increase is not only in quantity, but variety of composition. Some Derar start reacting to certain chemicals they ingest in interesting ways. Primary of which is the buildup of rather toxic byproducts. The Derar release this toxicity by emanating it into their surroundings.
Despite the rather beneficial protection the Odra provide the Derar, many Derar grow larger and live longer without a second species draining them of valuable nutrients. Their toxic nature also acts as a form of protection.

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Species: Derar :: Chemical-Emanating Subspecies
Gen: 3 (or gen 5 if you wanted to remove the bottom few bottom rungs)
Diet: Scavenger
Size: 13cm
Traits: Releases built up toxicity from rotten foods.
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As the planet shakes loose more water and earth, ponds turn into seas, and small pebbles turn into islands. This abundance of new terrain allows Gen 0 creatures to evolve and fill new niches creating even more rich bio-diversity for this fledgling planet

World Stats:

Atmosphere: 68% Nitrogen, 14% Argon, 10% Oxygen, 7% Other Gases, 6% Carbon Dioxide
Moons: 2
Average Lower Temperature: 24°C (75.1°F)
Average Upper Temperature: 21°C (69.8 °F)
Tectonics: Small earthquakes,
Volcanic Activity: Consistent deep-ocean activity, occasional eruptions on the lands
Weather Systems: Sparse Rain, Slow-Moving Thunderstorms, Underside of Floating seas is consistently humid or raining
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>>2642184
But yes, Gen 0 are evolveable again, but only in the floating sea/pond biomes
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>>2622887
Odras living on the undersides of the floating islands develop small spikes on the sides of their bodies to cling onto the lower surfaces of the islands better.
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>>2622895
Ibloh colonies form on the waterline of these floating islands. Those above the waterline have much more access to sunlight. Sugars and nutrients from photosynthesis are shared with Ibloh below the waterline in exchange for water.
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Avax on the floating islands evolve a pouch for holding water, allowing them to go on the surface and eat Ibloh, far away from any predators in the water.
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>>2642310
Walking Angulax residing near the shore interbreed with Avax who have evolved to live on land for short periods of time.
Their strongest children who retained both the Walking Angulax's stature and the evolved Avax's water pouch are now able to store water for short but extended trips to land.

Amphibious Angulax
Size: 7cm

Also the biobulb was shining directly into its photocell and that botheres me
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>>2634053
Due to the fact that both moving and identifying objects take good amounts of energy, Stevar with wider heads that were able to take in more light did better than their skinnier bretherin. Soon "Capped Stevar" were the majority, small elevated green discs slowly moving to where the light is best shining.

Scavenger/Photosynthesis
Gen 7
3-8 cm long, 2-5 cm tall
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>>2642204
Its good to see you on this game again bro
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>>2636221
As the floating islands and seas grow bigger, the Cublo growing on them do so as well. They begin growing as a single entity per floating landmass, enveloping them in large living spheres. The parts holding the water are thicker than that holding the air, which is almost transparent. These living membranes mean the floating isles have micro-atmospheres and climates of their own.
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Some chak grow wider to allow greater intake of food

Gen 1
Filter Feeder/Herbivore
Size: 1.2cm
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>>2642728
RIP all other plants
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Wider, more food collected. The larger ones are harder for the Odra to kill

Gen 2
Filter feeder
Size: 1.4cm
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>>2634243
Chak jump out of the water and latch on to the Cublo, tearing it apart before letting go and falling back into the water. Chak have evolved longer necks, and use it to inch around the Cublo sphere like a worm.
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>>2633937
Compared to the ocean as a whole, the conditions of isolated floating puddles are easier to adjust.

As Ibloh grow in these puddles, the puddle's pH change from the various biological processes of some species. As these species of Ibloh produce inhospitable environments, most are forced to either dive back down into the ocean below or die to their own makings. A few choice specimens, however, have adapted to survive in these more acidic conditions.

These hanging Ibloh, now acclimated for acidic conditions, create acidic compounds in the waters they inhabit. While the oceans are large enough to completely negate this localized effect, the floating bodies of water are more than capable of becoming several pH lower than normal. This results in a few bodies of water completely dominated by this new strain of Ibloh.

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Species: Ibloh :: Acidicly inclined subspecies
Gen: 5
Diet: Photosynthesis
Size: ~4 cm (based on the last species that have measurements)
Traits: Neutrophile (able to survive in more pH neutral environments)
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>>2622885
With the surfacing of new floating ecosystems, and the subsequent take over of many of these ecosystems with an abundance of plant matter (ie >>2642285 >>2642728 and the presumed base Ibloh), the Derar are met with an alternate food source. Despite originally being scavengers, some have developed ways to digest the Iblohs before consuming them. Two of the most readily avalible methods are puking out their stomach acid onto their food, or Evisceration, literally puking out their stomach onto their food in order to externally digest it.

While not fully capable of eating plant mater quite yet, these Derar grow quite quickly on the floating islands due to the abundance of a new food source.

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Species: Derar
Gen: 1
Diet: Scavenging, herbivore
Size: 4cm
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>>2635154
Taking a more active approach to filter feeding, some Midnight Chak have developed biolumencent stripes near their stinging antennae. These patches glow a soft, warm light that is only visible at close distances. When an Anomalodra comes in close vicinity, they are drawn to the rear end of the Midnight Chak, and either flee when first stung or get entangled in the antennae. Then the Midnight Chak waits for the Anomalodra to decompose and provide a close and abundant source of nutrients to filter. Once the prey has decomposed enough, the Anomaldra disentangles the corpse and continues on its way.

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Species: Midnight Chak
Gen
Diet: Filter Feeder, decomposer
Size: 25 cm long
Habitat: Deep Ocean
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>>2642728
The Cublo bubbles develop large, tough vines, used to support the colossal weight of the structure.

As their shape is now too complex to be called a mere cube, the Cublo are renamed into Polyglo.
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>>2634951
>>2627823
As the Mollusk Avax and Slime Avax share the same diet, it is not uncommon to see the two creatures competing over the same Derar. Over time a new, unusual behavior began to emerge however. While in the past Avax species would hinder each other in their efforts to hunt, now they showed a semblance of cooperation: the bigger, tougher Mollusk Avax would protect it's smaller ally and distract the Derar, while the Slime Avax would inflict deadly wounds on the prey using it's potent corrosive Ibloh.

While the Avaxes will cooperate if they meet each other during a hunt, they will not attempt to stay together afterwards or seek each other out for other hunts.
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The Stevar are experiencing a blossoming era. They live one the edge of the shore and overall are able to survive quite some Angulax attacks. They procreate by dividing themselves and now find themselves in large colonies. Clumped up, they gain the ability to merge with other Stevar, basically existing as separate organisms in one body. This gives them the benefit of exchanging food and energy, but also genetic material, leading to healthier offspring.
Btw, please use the pencil tool, not the brush. It doesn't leave fuzzy edges.

Species: Stevar
Gen: 8
Diet: Photosynthesis through head, scavenger through bottom mouth
Size: varies with number of merged Stevar, 3-8 cm long, 2-5 cm tall
Traits: Flexible cell membranes, can merge and divide with other stevar.
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>>2644123
Whoa. Just, whoa.
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>>2644140
>one steve
Also yeah sorry about the brush, the only editor I have on my phone has the fuzzy edges on literally every tool
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>>2641190
>>2629612
Having become immobile, the Deraodra faced a big problem: being unable to exchange genes with each other. They have managed to solve it thanks to the agile Finned Odra. The Deraodra now forms patches of skin free of Odra symbiotes, from which the Finned Odra can feed. These patches produce and absorb gametes, which stick to the mouth of the Finned Odra after it finishes eating and are carried to another Deraodra.
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>>2642728
>>2644123
I really don't mean to try to put anyone's ideas down, so feel free to shout me out if I am stepping out of line, but can species even get this big yet?

The last size tolerances we were provided were only 10cm outside of water. I get that a 'colony' of individuals can somewhat bypass this rule, but this looks to be on scales of 10's of meters large in diameter, with 100's of meters squared of surface area. Especially when this is outside of water, and dangling in giant spheres in the air. With no external support.

With all species still finding their habitat in water rather than on land, they would typically not have the structural integrity to maintain such rigid shapes capable of supporting such a load. At least not for several generations until they manage to figure out how to live on land.

Not to mention that the other colony species tend to easily fragment and disassociate from the whole if too greatly disturbed, they don't maintain convergence that well.
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>>2644144
Aight, no problem, we can live with fuzzy edges.
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FRIENDS, I motion to take a step back and talk about the flaws in our ecosystem and how we can patch them. Just for a moment. Agree?

>>2644153
>>2644123
I agree, while I like the idea, that the evolution into biome-changing floating bubbles has been fast. Maybe we can come to peace with it if you elaborate and scale it back. How many of these bubbles would exist, what are the conditions, how long do they take to form, how often does it collapse?

>>2635519
>>2642424
Can you elaborate on why the walking Angulax goes on land? Its food source is entirely in the water and no breeding habits have been specified.
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>>2644174
I thought there were small amounts of ibloh on the land, and stevar make short trips to the shore.
>>2634053
The Angulax, considering it's small size would no longer have to worry about waves near the surface, I imagine that it would be mych easier for it to attack stevar while they moved to the surface to collect light. Also moving about the iblih collumns.
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>>2644187
Alright, thanks. In my mind, the Stevar didn't emerge from the water yet, they just go to shallow waters. But both Stevar and Angulax are probably fighting it out amongst the waves, right on the shore line.
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>>2644174
The bubbles shown in >>2644123 and >>2642728 are extremely old, they took thousands of years to form.

Most Polyglo colonies don't cover their island entirely, being limited to a few net-like congregations on the surface of the water like in this picture, although those congregations are still pretty big in relation to other organisms. In these congregations, the vines are used not to keep the structure from collapsing but to keep it from falling off the floating island. These small colonies take less than a decade to form, with the exact time varying depending on size.

On an island with a lot of the smaller colonies, a large colony that takes up the entirety of the surface of the water may eventually form, the process taking hundreds of years. Rarely, these colonies may construct a dome over the terrestrial portion of the floating island, fully encasing it.
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>>2642184
Whats causing all this shit to flaot?
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>>2643849
The acidic hanging Ibloh grow in length. This allows them to filter more chemicals from the air and put them to use. Aside from changing the pH, they also put chemicals in the water that stump other Ibloh's growth. This is an effective defence mechanism against smothering Polyglo, keeping them at bay.

Let's call these 'Ibac'


Species: Ibac :: Acidicly inclined subspecies
Gen: 6
Diet: Photosynthesis
Size: ~7 cm (based on the last species that have measurements)
Traits: Neutrophile (able to survive in more pH neutral environments), Herbicide (creates toxins that keeps other Ibloh from growing)

>>2644286
I'm guessing magnetism?
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>>2644286
Consider it a sort of compromise for having "magic" in a world without going the stereotypical route. (aka im kinda chopping and screwing how some natural forces work to get an interesting setting)

Basically the planet has wonky ass magnetic and electrical fields, and a few other non-existing forces that are acting with eachother to cause floating islands

Also only a few of the islands are super big, and have smaller ponds with land in them (think 4m at the smallest) So while technically Polyglo are possible it is gonna take a while for it to encase a whole bubble
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>>2632035
The Anomalodra has to be quicker to get larger and better equipped prey like the Midnight chak. Its front fin envelops its head like a collar and grows stronger muscle fibre. With a strong snap like and umbrella closing, it can propel the Anomalodra faster in short bursts.

Carnivore
Size: 16cm
Habitat: Ocean, Deep Ocean
Traits: fast bursts of movement
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>>2642728
>>2643849
>>2643914
>>2644123
>>2644277
>>2644296

Also, just so yall know for the future, please make sure that you have a white background and that your illustrations and examples aren't too crowded together

If yall like I can make a super basic (optional) template to help with this
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As the world settles, and creatures divide. The Phylogeny of the creatures splits into 2 separate castes, UnderLand and OverLand.

Maximum Size limit:
80 cm in Deep ocean
45 cm in Ocean / Floating Seas
30 cm in Shallow Water / Above Water
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>>2645821
If you want to read the names, you will probably have to open it in a separate window
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>>2642204
Clinging Odra develop a filtering system to help survive the more neutral ph waters of the OverLands

Name: Todra
Size: 2.2 cm
Carnivore
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>>2622885
Devvar of the Over-lands has developed a larger "skirt" to secure themselves to the bottom of the landmasses with suction, causing a deformation on the sucker pad while clinging. The other side then lifts and systematically cleans an area of all scraps and stray Ibloh

Gen 1b
Scavenger
Size: 6 cm
Name: Devvar
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>>2645821
Just a note, but I think the Jump Jet Chakpod also spends time in the Overlands, stuck to various Ibloh.
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>>2646001
Fair, I wasn't quite sure to consider it so as it only really spends time in the OverLand area feeding, but I will adjust it come next Phylogeny Chart
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>>2643704
The Jumpod find its hunting ground underneath floating islands. Over time, they develop sensory cells that can "see" the electromagnetic field holding up these island. This way it finds its way into overhead Ibloh more easily.

Jumpod Chak
Herbivore
7 cm
Traits: Senses magnetic fields, jumps out of the water and latches on hanging plants.
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>>2630273
The Sailing Avax develops stronger and longer fins, allowing for superior movement in the water. They also allow limited mobility on the sandy shallows of the islands, which lets them dig holes to hide in while resting.

Gen 2a
Herbivore
Size: 7 cm
Name: Avacanth
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>>2645821
The pouched Angulax is an Overland creature
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>>2642424
The Pouched Angulax's water pouch can now filter oxygen out of the air around it. While they still need to go to the water to lay their eggs. The Pouched Angulax could survive on land theoretically their entire life.
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>>2636814
The Slimes develop pressurized bubbles that can expand and contract, this enables them to make fast movements. This new ability is used to ambush and chase after small prey.
Their airborne form develops fluffy structures on its tendrils to stay in the air for longer.

Gen: 5a
Diet: Omnivore/Photosynthesis
Size: 20cm
Habitat: Floating Seas
Traits: poison, airborne form.
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>>2646636
I think Overland is floating seas + floating islands, Angulax would live in shallows / above water.
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>>2646712
Yep, underland just refers to the non floating things, overland is jst the floating stuff
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>>2634183
>>2636814
>>2646684
>20cm flying blobs of poison
Dear god why?
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>>2644131
Some of the Mollusk Avak didn't cooperate with the Slime Avak, in fact they instead started dedicating more of their hunting efforts to said Slimes Avak and developed tougher skin and multiple eyes covered by a transparent black shell to protect against the Slimes poison and more spikes to they can ram into the slimes and kill them.
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>>2650357
Gen: 3a
Diet: Omnivore
Size: 6cm
Deep Ocean

The Mollusk Avak will have to rapidly improve in the deep ocean if it wants to survive the increasingly deadly competition. The only reason it hasn't gone extinct yet is do to the fact that its hard shell plus small size make it a unappealing meal to bigger predators.
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>>2622878
haha
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Finny vax -> Speedy Avax
Gen 2

Diet: Omnivore
Size: 2.7cm

Noted changes: Slimmer body and longer stronger fins to improve speed. Rear-facing graspers used as oars during high-speed movement. Divoted photosensitive clumps on side of the head to help pinpoint prey. Larger mouth to swallow prey whole as they no longer have graspers to hold prey.
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Times are busy, will continue playing boss, probably when the second thread hits.
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>>2652044
White backgrounds pls- makes it easier for people to alter
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>>2653475
I also have family obligations, so I won't be able to contribute for a while. zGY/hXSG tag.
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>>2653935
>>2653475
Its cool yall, tis a busy time




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