The Chorizul by : Andreina mora

This is a chorizul

Species: Chanchis Azucho. Genus: Bleusal

The chorizul is a sea snail that lives in the Neritic Zone. It relies on it's camouflage and blue tinted feet and hands which are poisonous for defense. chorizul are not edible for humans, since the poison that they use to kill their prey runs throughout their whole bodies is too strong for human consumption, but predators have developed a resistance to their poison.

Feeding: The chorizul is omnivore, it feeds onto algae, small to medium fish, and other small snails. When it does not find fish or snails to eat, it will slowly go to the nearest algae or plant and eat it, but it is like a temporary snack, hence it relies more on meat than plants. The chorizul relies on the temperature of the water to feel comfortable, it has to be luke-warm, if it is too cold, it will migrate to warmer waters. It will use the water currents to move faster, since predators like dolphins and larger fish can eat them.

Zones: Neritic Zone and Photic Zone

The color of the sand helps the chorizul to blend in with it, even if it changes colors, the chorizul will camouflage with it. chorizul has legs and hands that can help it dig itself into the sand to camouflage. It's white eyes will come out of the sand slightly just to be able to see it's prey.

The chorizul is about 8 inches big, but it can grow up to 11 inches. It's nude color is it's neutral color, but since it can camouflage with the sand, it just gradually changes its colors to match it. It's feet and hands have blue tips which is where the poison concentrates, for when it grabs its prey, it injects it into its victims skin, killing it within minutes.

Like said before, the camouflage can help the chorizul camouflage to protect itself and to wait for its prey. It's poison will work on small fish and snails, but it will not work on a bigger mammal, like a shark or dolphin hence it only produces enough poison to kill it's prey. That's why it relies mostly on its amazing camouflaging skills. chorizul is Nektonic organism, it uses it's feet to move around, and it's tail to swim around and change directions to where it goes easily.

The chorizul uses it's tiny blue holes to breathe in. It can also use it's mouth to collect tiny portions of oxygen. The chorizul reproduce every three months. All chorizul's gather around in coral reefs, the male chorizul's will swim out of their hiding places in the sand and wave their blue hands and feet to get the females attention. If they get the females attention, they will leave together away from the corals and mate in the sand, where the female chorizul will hatch her eggs and the male chorizul fertilize the eggs. Then they part ways and will find another partner when the mating season starts again.

Credits:

Created with images by PublicDomainPictures - "abstract aqua background" • daveiam - "Sea Snail up close" • Hardrockster - "fish feeding sea" • eutrophication&hypoxia - "Coral Reef, Florida" • Pia Poulsen - "Sand" • Professionell-Pflegende - "aquarium fish deco"

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