create a creature project by sabrina diniz

Name of Organism: Common name: Baby Mush Scientific Name: Polypus Luculentus Genus: Polypus Species: Luculentus > Translates to: Many armed colorful which pertains to the organisms numerous feet and colorful exterior.

Ocean Zone and Habitat: The polypus luculentus is an inhabitant of the pelagic zone also known as the ocean. They can also be classified as living in the nutrient-rich waters of the nertic zone and staying closer to the ocean floor of the benthic zone. This organism lives an area with a great supply of light known as the euphotic zone. The euphotic zone contains the abiotic factors of sunlight, lots of oxygen, warm temperatures and low pressure. Belonging to the euphotic zone, the baby mush also stays at a depth of 0-200 meters, also known as the epipelagic zone.

Physical Traits& Adaptations to the Environment: The Baby mush's has various appendages to travel throughout the seafloor while picking up food and fighting off predators all at the same time,as well as being used to reproduce. It's beaded bottom half serves as a refrigerator or many storage pouches to store it's food for later when it's not scavenging for it as well as a mechanism to break down food to be processed into the body into energy. It's vibrant colors of orange, purple, and various shades of blue belong to the male gender as females are more of a brown to be able to attract female mates in order to reproduce.

Locomotion: The Baby mush's contains numerous appendages to make it easy to move along the seafloor. It travels along the benthic zone in it's entirety scavenging for food or to simply partake in activities among it's species such as tag.

Respiration: The baby mush's pallial (mantle) cavity located under the organism sucks in the water through a funnel (also know as a siphon) and collects it's oxygen to be carried into it's lungs for respiration.

Feeding: The polypus luculentus' diet consists of many small shrimp. It uses its many limbs to tear the shrimp into pieces to be given to the baby mush's bead like structures to be broken down further thus being able to be ingested and processed as energy.

Reproduction: Two baby mushes once acquainted and chosen entangle each others limbs around each other as the male releases his sperm into the tentacles of the female, which travel up to her ovaries of the body. The female polypus luculentus is pregant for 6 months and gives birth to about 3-5 offspring.

Defense Strategies: With predators such as the moray eel, the baby mush needs to maintain it's defense at all times. Once encountering the opponent, the baby mush raises it's tentacles to establish dominance as well as spreading its midsection apart to release toxins to repeal the predator. Once the opponent is in close proximity, it uses its many limbs to repeated punch the opponent in the face.

The polypus luculentus is a benthos creature that dwells on the seafloor. It roams the vast nertic zone on the floor and eat, sleeps, and plays on the bottom.

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