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This page explores the faunal morphology (or their external features) in NMS (in contrast to anatomy which is about internal features).

Design

This introduced on the main fauna page.

Components

Wings

Undefined

There is no clear mechanism for the flight of Floaters and Glowbugs.

Auxiliaries

Most invertebrates use auxiliary wings, which do not involve the adaptation of limbs.
Some vertebrates also have auxiliary wings. The tetraped, Erwicagia Aglosethl (Alpha) on planet Ritach Igeuphr in the Bamatokinos-Acce system of the Euclid galaxy, flies close to the ground using four tiny wings arising in the midline at top of the back. On the same planet meanwhile, tetraped Rifervarua Charius (Radical), which has not been seen to fly, has two pairs of wings: smallers ones arising from the fore-limb shoulders, the other larger ones from the side of the ribcage. However, on Planet Roland in the Charlemagne System of the Euclid Galaxy, Kramarc Digware manages to fit in a pair of auxiliary wings, one on each side of its pelvis.

Limbs

A whole group of vertebrates do adapt limbs to fly. Using their fore-limbs, some (such as Obviarec Rucogole on planet Ritach Igeuphr in the Bamatokinos-Acce system of the Euclid galaxy) fly with feathers like Earth's birds, whilst some (such as Eosittosae Rucogole on planet Ritach Igeuphr) use skin flaps like Earth's bats (albeit with bones originating at the shoulder rather than a bat's wrist).

Sky fins

Anaiamniae Sleigeorg Morphology 2016-08-30 08-36-56 00-49-39-37

A square marks the pectoral fin, a diamond the dorsal fin, and a circle the caudal fin.

When it comes to sky-fishes, it is hard to find better a term than fins. Anaiamniae Sleigeorg on planet Nacantionazz-Libin in the Bamatokinos-Acce system of the Euclid galaxy, flies (very gracefully I might add) with a dorsal fin (like an Earth shark's), a pectoral fin on each side sprouting a long streamer, and a caudal (tail) fin mounted at 45° to the vertical.

Tails

Whilst single tails are common in NMS, double tails (bicaudality) also appear as a fixed characteristic in some species, not merely an individual aberration as on Earth. The tails of some flying animals also appear to emulate the abdomens of certain Earth invertebrates, such as wasps, and with many invertebrates lacking an obvious abdomen, those that appear could well be called tails.

Legs

Vertebrates

Vertebrates have an internal skeleton, and limbs tend to be on joints (pelvis/shoulders) near the ends of the backbone. Bipedsdef may come with no apparent fore limbs, or two - which may be of a different size, structure, and purpose.

Whilst four legs are common amongst vertebrates in NMS (tetrapedsdef), so are six (hexapedsdef) unlike Earth, the middle pair coming off the ribcage.

Invertebrates

Leg attachments Ikhoasera Deninosto Indeterminate 2016-08-31 18-04-12 00-02-55-57

Ikhoasera Deninosto (Unknown gender) on planet Nacantionazz-Libin in the Bamatokinos-Acce system of the Euclid galaxy, with five possible leg insertion points on each side of its body including front piercers, i.e. a decapod despite only six walking legs.

Pedipalp Ikhoasera Deninosto Unknown 2016-08-31 18-04-12 00-04-45-47

Ikhoasera Deninosto (Unknown gender) on planet Nacantionazz-Libin in the Bamatokinos-Acce system of the Euclid galaxy, with pedipalp claws (not legs) on its neck.

Invertebrates have an external skeleton with limbs that tend to be centrally located. In NMS, where an invertebrate has a separate head or goggly eyes, then we only count body appendages as limbs (even if they happen to be pincers or pokers, and we count head or neck appendages as sensory or eating ones. We also treat a species with different genders having different numbers of limbs as having the maximum number when classifying it. On Earth, insects tend to have a separate head, a body (or thorax) with six legs, and an abdomen; arachnids (spiders and scorpions) tend to have a combined body and head with eight legs plus pincers (pedipalps), and a separate abdomen; decapods (crabs and shrimp) tend to have a separate head, body and abdomen, but all ten legs and pincers arise on the body.

So far, we are aware of octopoddef and decapoddef invertebrates:

Feet

Vertebrates

Both claws and hooves have been spotted amongst limbed animals; indeed one of the genders of the auxiliary-winged tetraped, Erwicagia Aglosethl (Alpha) on planet Ritach Igeuphr in the Bamatokinos-Acce system of the Euclid galaxy, has claws, whilst the other (Radical) has hooves.

Invertebrates

In NMS, the pretarsusdef may or may not have a claw.

Horns

On Earth's vertebrates, these may either be keratin covered bony projections (like the rhinoceros), or dead bone projecting through the skin (like many antlers). In NMS, they may be encountered on the nose or skull.

Antennae

On Earth these tend to have a sensory function rather than a defensive or ornamental one amongst invertebrates. Presuambly, this is the same in NMS. Even vertebrates can host antennae, or in some cases a single antenna.

Mouth

Teeth

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Tusks projecting from the lower jaw of Spriabae Aglosethl on planet Ritach Igeuphr in the Bamatokinos-Acce system of the Euclid galaxy

Amongst the most visible teeth in animals from NMS, are tusks, which on Earth are front teeth which never stop growing.

Beaks

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The beak of Eosittosae Rucogole on planet Ritach Igeuphr in the Bamatokinos-Acce system of the Euclid galaxy

Whilst not a requirement amongst limb-winged flying animals, beaks can certainly be an obvious feature.

Labial palps

Labial palps Itiariatus Peltre 2016-08-31 18-04-12 00-04-24-17

Four splayed labial palps of invertebrate Itiariatus Peltre on planet Nacantionazz-Libin in the Bamatokinos-Acce system of the Euclid galaxy

A form of feeding tube in some Earth invertebrates, NMS appears to host some vertebrates sporting its own version.

Mandibles

Vertebrates can harbour facial accoutrements reminiscent of Earth insect mandibles; installed on large animals, the effect is reminiscent in some ways of Earth's extinct Brontotheres.

Ears

Ears Obviarec Rucogole 2016-08-26 20-13-30 00-03-16-63

The ears of Eosittosae Rucogole on planet Ritach Igeuphr in the Bamatokinos-Acce system of the Euclid galaxy

Whilst usually indistinguishable holes in the skull, ears can be prominent, not least in flying animals which, like Earth's bats, may find them useful for echolocation.

Skin

Vertebrates

Animals in NMS may bear thickened skin patches (called scutes), spikes (often over the limb girdles), plates (like Earth's dinosaur - Stegosaurus), and sails (like Earth's mammal-like reptile - Dimetrodon).

Invertebrates

The exoskeleton on NMS invertebrates may be adorned with a range of elements (or none):

Crypsis

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Disruptive colouration on the skin of Uasutae Ewicaof on planet Ritach Igeuphr - System Bamatokinos-Acce - Galaxy Euclid

Anaiamniae Sleigeorg Crypsis 2016-08-30 08-36-56 00-49-39-37

Counter-shading with a light underside revealed by a barrel-rolling sky-fish, and mottled ground colouring above.

Aside from the colour palette constraints of the procedural engine, which tends to shade organisms in ways that generally match their geological and floral surroundings, more specific types of camouflage can be seen in the game:

Disruptive colouration

Some animals in NMS use non-repeating, highly contrasting skin patterns.

Counter shading

In a three dimensional environment, camouflage may be best achieved by having different colouring above and below, serving different purposes. As with WWII aircraft camouflage, the sky-fish Anaiamniae Sleigeorg on planet Nacantionazz-Libin in the Bamatokinos-Acce system of the Euclid galaxy has a lighter underside to match the uniform sky colour when viewed from below, and a mottled ground colour matching the mixed colouring of the ground when viewed from above.

Gender

Where species are known to have different genders, differences in size and accessories may occur. For example, in Iviare Charius on planet Ritach Igeuphr in the Bamatokinos-Acce system of the Euclid galaxy, the Indeterminate gender is heavier and taller than the Symmetric gender, with different horns, and lacks the Symmetric's back shell.

Size

Terrestrial

Weight

The lightest adult binomial terrestrial animal weighs 31.33 kg; the heaviest 219.29 kg.

Height

The smallest adult binomial terrestrial animal is 0.42 m tall; the largest 4.91 m.

Flying

Weight

The lightest adult binomial flying animal weighs 57.97 kg; the heaviest 91.98 kg.

Height

The smallest adult binomial flying animal is 0.74 m long; the largest 1.26 m.

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