THE CLAWFISH ("LOBSTER")

APPEARANCE - SPECIAL ABILITIES - TERRITORY
HABITAT/BEHAVIOUR - DIET - MATING - USAGES

The Clawfish is a costly food, usually eaten by those of higher class. Despite this in certain parts of the world it may be eaten by most, being a regular meal. Cost depends on the type of Clawfish, the size, and the distance traveled before being bought. There are three types of Clawfish, similar in almost every way except for the colour and a slight size difference in the claw. Red Clawfish are usually the kind royalty eat. The Blue Clawfish is the most common Clawfish eaten by common people, though it is still usually only eaten for important celebrations or other such things. It is called blue though it really has a purple tint to it. The darkness of the tint varies between each Clawfish. Green Clawfish are eaten by those who catch them and sold for the lowest price. Each kind weighs, on average, 2 ods, though they can become quite large. The largest one that was recorded was 4 hebs. Clawfish are also commonly called "Lobsters".

Appearance. Though the each Clawfish is a different colour the shape of the bodies are almost completely alike. The main part of the Clawfish is a hard oval shell with tiny bumps all over. The eyes come out the front side though the eyesight of the Clawfish is not very good. They mainly use the short little antennae that are above the eyes. They also have a tail that is usually curled up into a ball. They usually walk across the sand at the bottom of the water body, though the tails can propell them quickly away if they feel dangered. The legs of the Clawfish come out of the side of the oval body and go out about 2 nailsbreadths before turning a full 90 degrees. There are two of these legs on either side of the main body. Each Clawfish has is a different colour, though they stay in the same range of green, blue/purple, or red. Return to the top

Special Abilities. The Clawfish has only one special ability, and that is to move quickly. The normally curled up tail is uncurled and curled again quickly propelling it a distance and doing this repeatedly the Clawfish move quite fast. This is their lone defense, apart from their claws, against predators. Return to the top

Territory. In any of the oceans you can usually find them. But they are highly concentrated in the Aelyvain Sea. Unlike fish, Clawfish crawl slowly on the seafloor and catch the small fish swimming at the bottom.
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Habitat/Behaviour. The Clawfish usually travel alone fending for themselves. They are usually swimming around searching for food or for a mate. If kept in captivity they sometime turn to cannibals, though in the wild this is very rare. To grow, Clawfish must molt. This leaves them vulnerable to attack. They molt whenever their rigid, hard shell is too small. Predators typically leave the Clawfish alone because they know that the shell is hard and that the Clawfish can jet away quickly. However, they have learned that they are most vulnerable when molting and thus attack the ones that can not jet quickly and have no hard shell to protect them.
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Diet. Clawfish diet consist of small fish, mollusks, worms, and some plants. They either chase down their food or they catch it. When they chase it down they use their tail to propel them faster than the thing can swim. When they catch they lie without moving and wait for the fish to come by. When they are within range the Clawfish quickly grabs it with its claws.
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Mating. When Clawfish mate a male finds a molting female. The female's shell is still soft then. The male flips the female over and produces sperm. The female collects the sperm and can hold it for about a year. The female will use the sperm a year after the male mated with her. Then she carries the thousands of fertilized eggs in her curled tail. Many die because of disease, predators, fishers, and parasites. A young female can lay about a thousand eggs while an older female can lay tens of thousands. Many are lost before they even hatch, predators and disease commonly wipe out hundreds at a time.
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Usages. The Clawfish are mainly used as food. To fishing cities it may be a common food, while the farther inland the more pricey and more a delicacy. 
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 Date of last edit 2nd Awakening Earth 1668 a.S.

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