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Newly introduced, uncommon, or specialized terms used on the No Man's Sky Wiki to describe phenomena in the game.

Rationale

Given the procedural nature of No Man's Sky, there are things in the game that have no Earth analogy or the terminology used on Earth causes confusion instead of clarification. In these cases the editors of this wiki have strayed from common usage.

Biology terms

On Earth, 'vertebrates' are distinguished from 'invertebrates' by internal anatomy but in No Man's Sky (NMS), only external morphology is available. We have adopted the terms however, because we know that rigs for binomial animals are based on a limited set of known vertebrate skeletons and invertebrate exoskeletons, whilst simple butterfly models are used for some anomial animals. Further, on Earth there are no known six-limbed vertebrates, and the term 'hexapod' refers only to invertebrates. Similarly, there are no known two-limbed invertebrates and the term 'biped' refers only to vertebrates. The term 'octopod' also only refers to invertebrates. However, the term 'tetrapod' refers to vertebrates. In NMS, the character will encounter six-limbed vertebrates. To differentiate them from invertebrates, the term 'hexaped' is used. Given that the wiki editors are only using Earth as an analogy for NMS biology, the term 'tetraped' has been coined to distinguish vertebrates from invertebrates (allocated the term 'tetrapod'). This enables the editors to use a single suite of endings (-ped) for vertebrates and another (-pod) for invertebrates.

Abbreviations

NMS
No Man's Sky
NPC
a non-player character.

Suffixes

-ibe/-ite
(Geology) a complex mineral structure, not looking like a flower, with a mononomial name, yielding a non-carbon resource.
-oid
(Biology) meaning resembling.
-ped
for vertebrates.
-pod
for invertebrates.

List of terms

Animal
a mobile (non-fixed), anomial or binomial faunal organism.
Anomial
a species which the game encyclopedia does not name or allow to be named.
Aquatic
living in a liquid (e.g. water).
Asteroid belt
A type of asteroid field that encircles a planet.
Asteroid field
Any grouping of asteroids.
Binomial
a two word name.
Biped
a non-NPC vertebrate mainly walking on two limbs.
Bipod
an invertebrate mainly walking on two limbs.
Commensal
living fixed to another organism.
Coralloid
an anomial, living, sessile (fixed), fully marine lump.
Decapod
an invertebrate animal with ten body limbs or pincers (not including those on head or neck).
Detrital
living fixed to the ground.
Diurnal
mobile in the day time.
Fungoid
an anomial, living, sessile (fixed), terrestrial or subterranean, floral lump.
Geovore
an animal which eats minerals.
Hexaped
a vertebrate animal with six limbs.
Hexapod
an invertebrate animal with six body limbs or pincers (not including those on head or neck).
Invertebrate
an animal without a jaw, and limb origins (if any) clustered near a central point.
Kingdoms
(Biology) the most basal branches of life.
Mononomial
a one word name.
Monoped
a hopping vertebrate animal.
Nocturnal
mobile in the night time.
Octapod
an invertebrate animal with eight body limbs or pincers (not including those on head or neck).
Pedipalp
pincer or probing appendage on the neck of an invertebrate (not including those on the body or mouth).
Plant
a sessile (fixed), non-fungoid, non-Coralloid (if fully marine), floral organism (including binomial lumps).
Pretarsus
the end segment of an invertebrate leg.
Sol
one complete day/night cycle on any given planet or moon.
Species
(Biology) any type of living, non-human, non-NPC, binomial or anomial organism.
Species
(NPC) any type of Non-Playing Character.
Subterranean
below ground.
Terrestrial
above ground.
Tetraped
a vertebrate animal mainly walking on four limbs.
Tetrapod
an invertebrate animal mainly walking on four limbs.
Type specimen
details of the first specimen used to describe a particular species.
Vertebrate
an animal with a jaw, and limb or fin origins (if any) well separated.
Zeroped
a slithering vertebrate animal.

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