Create-a-Creature Project Ben campanella, Period 4

Name of Organism:

The common name of my species is Plantoxtus. The scientific name of it is Forticus which is the genus meaning strong and toxicus which is the species meaning poison. I chose Forticus toxicus for its name because it uses a toxic poison which it sprays at its predators as a self defense mechanism through its white petals.

Ocean Zone and Habitat:

The Plantoxtus lives in the Benthic zone which is the entire ocean floor, the Pelagic zone or everything above the Benthic zone, the Neritic zone which is the area above the continental shelf and is less then 200 meters in depth, the Euphotic zone which is the area of the ocean that is between 0-200 meters deep and divided by light availability, and the Epipelagic zone which also the area between 0-200 meters deep but it is divided by depth instead of light. My organism is located 150 meters below the ocean waters surface and is on the ocean floor. The abiotic factors for my organism include: high sunlight, lots of oxygen, warm temperatures (80-95 degrees fahrenheit), a salinity of about 3.5%, low pressure, the pH is 8.1, and the substrate is a sandy bottom.

Physical Traits & Adaptations to Environment:

The Plantoxtus has many different traits. A fully grown one can be up to 2 feet tall and as wide as 8 inches. It has white petals which blends into the sand that it lays on which allows it to hide from most predators. Another trait the Plantoxtus has is the ability to shoot out a toxic spray that has an electric shock wave which forces predators coming towards it to go away or they die. Also it has one eye which it uses to observe the organisms around it so it can use its spray. It has adapted to the environment it lives in with the different techniques it has developed to survive in the kill-or-be-killed community it lives in.

Locomotion:

The Plantoxtus keeps its self in place by growing roots deep into the oceanic floor. The root is the downward part of the plant which holds it in place and absorbs water and minerals from the sand below it.

Respiration:

The Plantoxtus breathes by gathering carbon dioxide through its leaves and then breathing out oxygen. It exchanges oxygen for carbon dioxide with the mammals living in its environment.

Feeding:

The Plantoxtus is a plant so it gets its energy from the sun. The process which allows it to get energy is called photosynthesis. It absorbs the energy from the sun with energy-like factories called chloroplasts. Then it stores its energy in the form of starch which is a complex carbohydrate until it is ready to use. Then it breaks down the starch into glucose which is a simple carbohydrate and allows it to be used as energy.

Reproduction:

The Plantoxtus reproduces by the seeds in the center of its petals. The waves then carry the seeds off it and carry them around the ocean until they land back onto the ocean floor. Then the seed plants and turns into mini Plantoxtus and grow up to be big Plantoxtus.

Defense Strategies:

The Plantoxtus has a unique defense. It shoots a toxic electrical gas out of its petals to scare away predators. If the gas touches the predator, depending on how big it is, the predator will either die or get stunned for a couple of seconds and swim away. Also it can camouflage with the sand it lives on by covering itself with its white petals, making it hard for predators to see.

Plankton, Nekton, or Benthos:

My organism is Benthos because it is attached to the bottom of the ocean and benthos means bottom dweller. It lives on or is attached to the seafloor. The Plantoxtus is attaches to the sea floor through its roots located at end of its stem.

THE END!!!!!!!!!!!

Credits:

Daniella

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