Create-a-Creature Project Jack Haimowitz Period 4

Basic Information

The Trapper Fish, known best by its scientific name Trappioso mane, is a habitant of the Abyssalpelagic zone. This fish gets its name due to its unique "bag" that it traps fish with and consumes them from. The Trapper Fish has a striking red bioluminescent light on its back that helps entice the inferior fish it prays upon. This organisms feeds in the Bathypelagic zone, due to an increased food supply in this zone. The Trapper fish thrives in the oceanic zone, as it has only one natural predator, the gulper eel, a distant relative of the Asian swamp eel. The Trapper Fish is a nektonic organism capable of swimming at speeds up to an astonishing 8 miles per hour. The trapper fish is well adapted to the Aphotic zone due to its ability to attract prey and see in low light. The Trapper Fish has no real, established home as it is a wanderer, but it calls the upper Abyssalpelagic and lower Bathypelagiz zones its habitat.

Here the Trapper fish is displaying its light to entice what it believes to be prey (my finger)

Traits of the Trapper Fish

The Trapper Fish is best known for its "bag" that it uses to catch prey enticed by its bioluminescent probe. This probe appears red when out of the Aphotic zones it resides in, but is actually a piercing violet color. The trapper fish has rather strong vision contrary to what its tiny eyes indicate. The Trapper fish feeds directly from its trapper bag, which is useful because it does not have large, ferocious fangs. The trapper fish has adapted two legs over time to increase maneuverability throughout the cold dense waters where it resides. The trapper fish also relies upon its bag for protection when threatened by the gulper eel, because the bag is comprised of an ultra durable skin layer that is resistant to the fiercest of fangs. The trapper fish is perfectly adapted to succeed in feeding on smaller, nektonic organisms.

A side view fully displaying one of the Trapper Bird's "legs," its bag to trap prey, its small, strong eyes, and its mouth which lacks serious teeth.

Surviving As a Trapper Fish

The Trapper Fish is by no means an apex predator, as it merely feeds on small animals such as the flashlight fish, and bristle-mouths. The Trapper Fish feeds by enticing its prey with its piercing violet bioluminescent probe, then once the animal is close enough it swoops the animal up and traps it in its bag, which it then proceeds to feed on. Prey in the bag struggle at first but slowly, yet surely get consumed due to the bag steadily constricting the prey until there is not enough room for the prey to swim away from the Trapper Fish. The Trapper Fish is by no means a Usain Bolt of the seas, but is able to maneuver around using the webbed toes on its two legs. The two legs allow for more strategic movement as they can move independently. The Trapper Fish has adapted to rely on its light and bag for predation, rendering the legs important, but not quintessential parts of its feeding. The Trapper Fish is able to breath through its mouth, unlike most marine animals. It is able to breath through its mouth due to a specialized filter in its trachea that separates the oxygen from hydrogen atoms at a molecular level which then get sent to the animal's lungs and respiration proceeds to occur normally. The Trapper Fish is renowned in the animal kingdom for being a "total stud," this meaning that the male never partners with a female for life. The male Trapper Fish reproduces sexually by releasing sperm into the general vicinity of the female. This process has a low success rate, which is why it is repeated multiple times over the course of what may take an hour until the female finally takes in the sperm. The Trapper Fish reproduces in this way, because it is able to release large quantities of sperm in relatively short periods of time. Once the mating has been complete the male Trapper Fish heads off to reproduce again. As aforementioned, the Trapper Fish's main predator is the gulper eel and its main way of defending against attacks is by curling into its own trapping bag for protection. The thick outer layer of the bag protects the fish from the attacking predator until the predator gives up and the fish is able to swim away, and shroud itself in the dark waters where it resides.

An artists drawing of a flashlight fish, the favored prey of the Trapper Fish.


Created with images by IrishErlina - "FlashLight Fish colors inverted"

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