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Phosbat
Vehemoth phosbat
General Information
Scientific name Unknown
Homeworld PNF-404
Habitat Dark Caves and Caverns
Locomotion Quadrupedal (Bipedal as a infant), Flight
Diet Carnivore
Sapience Level Non-Sapient
Reproduction Phosbat Infants are born from Phosbat Pods
Racial Abilities Invisibility
Behind the Scenes
Universe Pikmin

The Phosbat is a large, nocturnal hunter that was discovered on planet PNF-404 by Captain Charlie. This same encounter also nearly cost Charlie his life, the Phosbat nearly eating him.

BiologyEdit

Phosbat undergo a drastic change between their juvenile and adult stages in their life cycle, and as such are sometimes mistaken for different species.

  • Adult Phosbats, known as Vehemoths, are very large, moth-like creatures. They have four stubby limbs, and four massive, orange wings to be used in flight. They have yellow eyes, and a large whale-like mouth. Their upper bodies are also covered in black hairs, and several purple, bioluminescent "antenna".
  • Younger Phosbats, known as Nymphs, bear more resemblance to common Bulborbs than they do with the adults, though similarities are present: they have a set of small orange wings with black hair all over their heads. They also have large eyes, and in their mouths are a set of notable fangs. They only have two stubby legs in comparison to the adults.

Phosbats are strictly nocturnal, as their eyes are extremely sensitive to bright lights, to the point when Nymphs can actually become completely blind if exposed to bright light for too long. To compensate for this, adults and infants gather within the same cave during the day, and will not go back out until night time arrives again.

Vehemoth Phosbats are ambush predators. Their jaws, despite their large size, are notably weak for holding onto prey, so instead they will "inhale" their prey. This hunting method is slightly similar to carnivorous fish of Earth such as Groupers.

Life CycleEdit

Phosbat PodsEdit

Phosbat pod

A fertile Phosbat Pod.

Female Phosbats birth their young within a specialized casing known as a Phosbat Pod. These pods are nest-like structures made by the adults to keep their eggs from being eaten by predators. Phosbat Pods are also sensitive to changes in light, and if sensing a high amount of light it will close up tightly. It will only re-open when this light is removed.

The newborn Phosbats remain within this specialized Pod until they are old enough to move on their own, to which they climb out from the top of the pod to venture around their home. Upon this, the pods will shrink and deteriorate to become nutrients for the hungry Phosbats.

NymphsEdit

Phosbat infants

A group of Nymph Phosbats roaming inside their home cave.

The juvenile Nymph Phosbats have a drastically different behavior compared to the adult Vehemoth Phosbats.

Nymphs are sociable to eachother, found in fairly large groups wandering their cave-like homes and around during the night. This behavior strengthens the survival of the Phosbats, as nymphs are very vulnerable to predators. This sociable behavior changes to a solitary behavior once after they metamorphize into their adult stage. At this stage, they will leave their home territory to find their own home.

AbilitiesEdit

Moth thing

A hunting Phosbat turning visible at will.

The Phosbats have a special set of abilities not found in most other creatures on PNF-404, most of these only notable in the adults. This indicates that Phosbats aren't born with any of these supernatural abilities and grow into them overtime.

One of their most notable abilities is their ability to turn invisible to the naked eye. Upon investigation, it is revealed that the Chromatophores (pigment-containing and light-reflecting skin cells), become far more sensitive to muscle, and its these muscles that allow the Vehemoth Phosbat to turn almost invisible due to concentrating the reflection of light on its skin, and pigmentation.

Adult Phosbats also have specialized dust within their fur and wings that are actually poisonous towards other creatures. In defense, it will flap its wings and release a large cloud to distract the predator so it can get away.

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