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FRIC — Viewing Species: Kelpricorn

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Species Info
Grouping: Mammalian, Aquatic
Rarity: Uncommon
Time Per Stage: 27 Hours
Wild Caught: 5780
Captive Bred: 916
Total Population: 6696

Wild Caught Acquisition

Chroma Coast — Found regularly at the Sector's nest.

Common Chroma Breakdown

Red
457 Total
Green
488 Total
Blue
560 Total
Purple
556 Total
Orange
458 Total
Pink
413 Total
White
568 Total
Tan
379 Total

Rare Chroma Breakdown

Obsidian
465 Total
Silver
350 Total
Gold
367 Total
Bronze
295 Total
Rainbow
440 Total
Sapphire
315 Total
Emerald
315 Total
Ruby
270 Total

Baby Stage Notes

This egg is perfectly round and seems strangely fragile. It's mottled with several colours that look like scale patches or spots, but the shell itself is smooth and cool to the touch.

Juvenile Stage Notes

Strange as it may be, something looking like a cross between a horse and a fish has hatched from the egg. It's shy, and takes a great deal of care to warm up to its handler, but once it does it becomes playful, ramming into things (and people) with its short, hard horns. Though it can move around somewhat clumsily on land, its scaled tail quickly dries out and it favors the water. It has gills, but also lungs, and can breathe both in and out of the water.

Adult Stage Notes

Kelpricorns are aquatic omnivores related to Qidriks and, more distantly, Drakilin. They have vibrant scales which sparkle under the combination of clear waters and a bright sun, and which create a dazzling array of colours to attract mates. Though they normally come in an array of colours, it is unusual but not uncommon to see an individual which bears no colour; these don't survive for very long in the wild. Wild adults are wary of other creatures, and taming one can be extremely difficult; it is therefore easier to raise one from an egg so that it can bond with its handler. In the wild, these creatures form herds of one male and several females; the male defends his harem from predators and rival males. When the herd contains infants and adolescents, the male becomes more aggressive, to protect his offspring. When his sons near adulthood, they leave of their own accord, and are only rarely chased away.

Although Kelpricorns are primarily grazers which feed on seagrasses and kelp, their long frontal horns are used both for defense and to spear fish for a source of protein. These horns are hard and sharp, capable of doing lethal damage to both predators and rivals. The animals favor shallow, warm waters, but have been seen in open ocean and in colder seas. When active, the herd can cover a wide range of area, but tend to sleep in sheltered coves and reefs. Watching Kelpricorns arc over the water like dolphins has quickly become a popular recreational activity for researchers which frequent Chroma Coast.

Common Chroma

Red
Female/Male
Green
Female/Male
Blue
Female/Male
Purple
Female/Male
Orange
Female/Male
Pink
Female/Male
White
Female/Male
Tan
Female/Male

Rare Chroma

Obsidian
Female/Male
Silver
Female/Male
Gold
Female/Male
Bronze
Female/Male
Rainbow
Female/Male
Sapphire
Female/Male
Emerald
Female/Male
Ruby
Female/Male


Artwork: Keileon