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FRIC — Viewing Species: Long-Nosed Wheel Crab

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Species Info
Grouping: Arthropod, Mechanical
Rarity: Common
Time Per Stage: 18 Hours
Location: Crop Circle Canyon
Wild Caught: 2673
Captive Bred: 96
Total Population: 2769

Common Chroma Breakdown

Red
261 Total
Green
231 Total
Blue
241 Total
Purple
207 Total
Orange
197 Total
Pink
195 Total
White
229 Total
Tan
138 Total

Rare Chroma Breakdown

Obsidian
152 Total
Silver
132 Total
Gold
138 Total
Bronze
136 Total
Rainbow
148 Total
Sapphire
126 Total
Emerald
130 Total
Ruby
108 Total

Baby Stage Notes

A thick-shelled seed pod. It's heavier than the others like it, though, and there's a hole where something bored into it. It shakes slightly if repeatedly disturbed. Is something living in there?

Juvenile Stage Notes

The seed pod has split in half to reveal a strange bio-mechanical crab living inside of it. It busily scratches indentations onto the pod's exterior. Though it occasionally tries to walk around, it does so rather clumsily, since its organic legs seem to be maturing at a slower rate than the bio-metal—its preferred method of transport is to crawl inside of its shell and to propel itself forward using its front pincers, like a wheel with spokes. It's omnivorous, happily feasting on everything from scrap metal, to fruit, to meat.

Adult Stage Notes

The Long-Nosed Wheel Crab is a bio-mechanical crustacean that is a scavenging omnivore, found in arid climates near bodies of water. It has a symbiotic relationship with a tree-like cycad found along riverbanks in relatively arid climates, known as the Mace Tree. The Mace Tree's heavy, hard-shelled pods can inflict serious injury if they happen to fall on a researcher, but make perfect protective armor and convenient transport for the Wheel Crab, which travels long distances by rolling itself forwards. The spike at the end of this variant's mouth acts as just another spoke of the wheel when it tucks its head in. They reinforce the shells with a lacquer-like secretion, and seeds dislodge and fall from the shell as they roll around, helping the plant spread. Eggs are carried in the mother's humid shell, then the young are deposited into a seed pod that will later become their first shell.

Long-Nosed Wheel Crabs are temperamental in the wild, and will ram into threats at high speed with their spiked armor. Researchers are advised to keep an eye out for their territory—but an easy countermeasure to getting ran over is to simply step out of the way; Wheel Crabs cannot make sharp turns, and will roll right past them. Among their own species, they are somewhat sociable, and when raised around other creatures, they will tend not to see them as threats.

Common Chroma

Red
Green
Blue
Purple
Orange
Pink
White
Tan

Rare Chroma

Obsidian
Silver
Gold
Bronze
Rainbow
Sapphire
Emerald
Ruby


Artwork: Windy