Name of Organism
Common name: Fighting Turtle
Scientific Name: Pugna Turtures
The Fighting Turtle derived its' name because of the spike like needles that are attached to the organism's shell. The Fighting Turtle is also very aggressive when fighting or hunting. The word "pugna" is the Latin word for fighting and the word "turtures" is the Latin word for turtle. The organism scientific name is an exact translation of its' common name in Latin.
Ocean Zone and Habitat
The Fighting Turtle's main habitat is near a coral reef, the green color of the body and shell help to easily camouflage with the green plants near or in the coral reef. The organism grows up on a coral reef where they learn to hunt by another member of their species. The Fighting Turtle can and will leave the coral reef at times but no for long durations of time and not very far off the reef. The main zone the organism lives in is the Pelagic Zone, this consist of the entire water column. The other zones the organism falls under are the Neritic zone, less than 200 meters deep, area above the continental shelf. The other two zones are the Euphotic zone and the Epipelagic zone, here light is very visible and contains 90% of all ocean life. Abiotic factors in these zones are high sunlight, lots of oxygen, warm temperature and low pressure.
Physical Traits and Adaptations to Environment
The Fighting Turtle has a thick shell to protect its' body from attacks of predators. The shell not only is hard but contains extremely sharp spikes, easily sharp enough to kill small prey and kill or injure larger prey. The color of the organism is multiple shades of green to camouflage itself from predators. The green allows the Fighting Turtle to hide in places like thick seagrass and coral reefs without being spotted. The Fighting turtles neck is specifically longer than a regular turtle. This was an adaptation that has been perfected. The use of the long neck is to easily stick its' head in small places that its whole body can't fit into. This is very useful for catching prey.
The Fighting Turtle uses its' front flippers to swim through the water and move itself. The front flippers are quite large to swim faster in the ocean. The back flippers are mainly used to stabilize and direct the organisms path while swimming.
The Fighting Turtle breathes air through the external nares located above their mouth. There are muscles inside their shells that expand and contract to move air in and out of their lungs.
The Fighting Turtle uses its' camouflage to hide in green places when the organism hears prey come by it uses its' hind flippers to push off the area it is hiding on and punctures the prey with its' sharp shell. The attack is almost always fatal. The Fighting Turtle will then just simply eat the prey. If the attack isn't fatal the Fighting Turtle will either attempt to stab the prey again or just eat the prey while it is alive yet very injured and defenseless. The Fighting Turtle's diet consist mainly of small shrimp, crab, lobster, fish, and plants. The Fighting Turtle is an Omnivore, eating both meat and plants.