|Scientific name||Molluschid minionicus|
|Behind the Scenes|
The amphibious Toady Bloyster is a slug-like creature discovered by Captain Olimar during his later expeditions onto PNF-404. Like Spectralids, there is evidence of fast-paced evolution between specimens, with a evolutionary timeline being worked out to an extent.
Toady Bloysters are fairly large, slug-like creatures resembling Earth's sea slugs, with evidence suggesting that they come from a similar ancestry. All Toady Bloysters have a bulbous, flower-like protrusion at the end of their bodies that function as their gills to breathe both air, and filter oxygen through water. This method allows it to hunt on both land and water, but its thin skin keeps it waterbound, hunting small prey items in ambush.
Specimens of these creatures also reveal a substance resembling ink that can be secreted from their pores when threatened by predators, similar to Earth squid or octopus releasing ink. Much of its internal organs are located within its carapace, which speculated was the reason why this species has a significantly smaller reach than the Ranging Bloyster; its much larger relative.
Toady Bloysters are ambush predators, and can hardly move quickly in terms of locomotion. It hunts for its prey with a multi-ended tongue that extends into six sensitive protrusions that will quickly retreat into its mouth if any food items get caught onto it.
Ancestors of the Bloysters date back millions of years, with their ancestors mirroring that of earth shelled mollusks. Evolution had these specimens travel from the oceans, and into fresher waters, and as such began to shed away their shells for a more slug-like appearance.
Ancient Toady Bloysters Edit
- Also see: Ranging Bloyster
Through earlier specimens, explorers had noted that there are some drastic differences between these and currently seen Toady Bloysters.
These "past" Bloysters are lighter in coloration compared to current specimens, resembling more like sea slugs in vibrant colors, and its eyes are closer together on top of its head. Its gills also are split, resembling moreso like a flower's petals. As its eyes are aimed upwards, its vision is more limited than the ones currently found today.The most drastic difference between these past specimens is the tongue protrusions. Unlike modern specimens, the past Bloysters have multiple protrusions that extend out all at once separately, instead of all being attached to one like in modern specimens.
These specimens also lack the ink pores, having more traits to their molluscan ancestors than modern specimens do, making them more vulnerable to predators. This is confirmation by many to be the half-way point between their sea ancestors and modern Toady Bloysters.