The Sabulo

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Male Sabulo

The Sabulo is a large amphibious fish that mainly inhabits waters near the mouth of Yabun pass just below of the High Wood. They are found throughout the entire river however, and can become larger down south. This fish is the largest inhabitant in the Morae River itself, with both males and females weighing up to 90 kilograms and growing up to three meters in length. They are carnivorous fish, eating a wide range of prey, which they hunt by ambush through the reeds and grasses in and out of the water. Sabulos swallow their prey whole by positioning it to travel down the throat easily. They possess some of the strongest stomach acid of any creature in the Morae River, digesting everything they consume, including bone.

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Female Sabulo

The Sabulo reproduces by laying eggs at the bottom of the river. The female will move her body in and out of grasses, tree roots and branches as she begins to release her egg sacks. These sacks are all connected by a membrane and rely on this entanglement to keep them anchored through the strong river currents.  When they hatch the young Sabulos aren’t completely developed and possess primitive gills, which they use to breath underwater. They grow quickly and will develop into young adults five months after hatching. Once fully developed, the Sabulo can breath out of water though its skin and the lining of its mouth. They spend most of their day basking in the sun and fighting over riverbed territory.

Sabulos have good eyesight but an even better sensory system that lines their body. They can detect slight variances in water pressure and temperature, which helps them locate prey. Once they have located their prey they sit motionless, patiently waiting for it to swim by. Sabulos are very fast and can move quickly even on land.  They are known to be incredibly aggressive which can be very dangerous considering they possess some of the largest teeth in the river.

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3 Responses to The Sabulo

  1. Cory Trego-Erdner (Moai) says:

    Wonderful! One of my favorite Morae designs yet.

  2. Ellen says:

    That thing is large enough to be a crocodile analogue, but it is even scarier as an active hunter instead of an ambusher.

    One problem: Perciformes (the perch order) belongs to Actinopterygii. If this animal is sarcopterygian (which may not be possible with six limbs) it cannot be in Perciformes.

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