Name of My Organism
The Genus is Corpus and the Species is fallacious. Corpus fallacious is the scientific name because Corp is the Latin root word for body and Fall is the Latin root word for deceive. This organism shoots a red bio-luminescence out of its head that turns into an exact replica of itself in order to deceive its predators into thinking that it is the actual organism. The common name of this animal is the Duplicating Devil. The animal duplicates itself and then stabs the victim that tries to eat him with his poisonous fins which makes him evil like a devil.
Ocean Zone and Habitat
The Duplicating Devil lives in the Benthic Zone, the Pelagic Zone, the Oceanic Zone, the Aphotic Zone, and the Abyssalpelagic Zone. The Benthic Zone is the entire ocean floor, which my animal rests on occasionally because it gets tired due to its heavy weight. The Pelagic Zone is the entire water column, which includes every animal in the ocean. The Oceanic Zone is the area from the continental slope out to the open ocean which is where my organism lives. The Aphotic Zone is the zone 1000 m or deeper which is where my organism is usually found. There is no light and it is near freezing. The pressure is very high and there are lots of nutrients from decomposition. The Abyssalpelagic Zone is the specific zone where the Duplicating Devil is found, which is 4,000 m to 6,000 m deep. It has the same characteristics as the Aphotic Zone. My animal is most commonly found at a depth of about 4,500 m. In these depths, the salinity is between 34.6 and 35 ppt. The pH level is around 7.4. The pH level decreases with depth, so it is more acidic toward the bottom of the ocean as compared to the top of the ocean which has a pH of around 8.1. The substrate is sand and the animal does not have a specific habitat. It roams around and does not hide in anything like coral reefs or seagrass beds. It rests in the sand.
My organism moves with its two fins on the side of its body. It can move in any direction but needs to take occasional breaks because it weighs from 20-30 pounds. The animal is normal around 2-3 feet long, but its fins are no longer than 8 inches each. My organism moves slowly through the water, also partly because of the slightly thicker, cold water. The water is around 2-4 degrees Celsius.
My organism feeds on animals using its sharp teeth. It has extra sharp teeth in order to chew the animals that are almost as large as itself. It confuses them at first by injecting a bioluminescent red light into the air that mimics it's shape, and then it injects the predator with poison from it's fins. Its predators quickly become its prey. It normally eats animals such as the giant squid by breaking it down into smaller pieces, and it eats the gulper eel. It cannot eat the Sperm Whale, however, because the Duplicating Devil's poison does not affect the whale enough.
The Duplicating Devil reproduces by connecting heads with another Duplicating Devil. The male releases sperm through the same hole that the bio-luminescent red light comes out of and it goes into the female's bio-luminescent-shooting hole. This impregnates the female who then lays eggs under the sand in the Abyssalpelagic Zone and waits 7 months. After the 7 months, the babies claw their way out of the sand and instinctively carry on the normal life of a Duplicating Devil.
The Duplicating Devil defends itself by injecting a red bio-luminescent light through the hole on the top of its head, as mentioned previously. When the light is injected into the ocean, it makes a replica of itself which throws off its predators who go after the light. The Duplicating Devil then waits for the predators to come to the desired area, and he hits them with his poisonous fins, killing them almost instantly unless they are too large to be affected, like the Sperm Whale. The Duplicating Devil simply swims away after he confuses its predator if the predator is to big to kill.
Plankton, Nekton, or Benthos
My organism is a nektonic animal, which means it is a swimmer. The Duplicating Devil can actively maneuver throughout the water column throughout the deep depths of the ocean with its two fins that allow it to swim all over the place. It can swim against currents and waves, as well as vertically and horizontally, which is why it cannot be classified as a plankton. It is not attached to the seafloor, so it cannot be a benthic animal either.