Create a Creature Project By: Brooke Lohuis
Iaculus antenna also commonly known as the Razor Eel due to its incredible sharp teeth and its antennas on the back of its snake like figure, or Icaculus which means snake in Latin.
The Razor Eel lives in the Euphotic zone which is a part of the photic zone. The euphotic zone is the topmost part of the ocean where ocean light is strongest. It also lives in the Neritic zone which is the continental shelf to the shelf break because it lives in coral reefs and the Epipelagic zone because it is the primary source of food production and receives enough sunlight for photosynthesis. Some abiotic factors in these zones are sunlight, temperature, salinity, water pressure, and amount of oxygenated water.
Some traits that make the Razor Eel well-suited to these zones are its razor sharp teeth that allow it to feed on small fish and eggs in the coral reef and its ability to eat phytoplankton that thrive in the euphotic zone due to their necessity of sunlight. The Razor Eel is also pink which allows it to camouflage within the coral to attack its prey in a ninja like fashion. It also has antennas like an ant that allow it to detect its prey with sensory hairs on the tips that are too small to the naked eye.
The Razor Eel moves throughout the water and the coral reef by swaying side by side in a swimming matter. It glides through the water in a snake like way because it doesn't have fins to push through the water. It also uses its antennas to sense where it is going along with its eye sight which makes them extremely vicious and dangerous predators throughout the reef.
The Razor Eel feeds on small fish and eggs throughout the coral reef. It mostly eats baby fish however, if the fish is small enough it will also eat those and attack them with its sharp teeth. Some example of its prey are yellow Tang and Blue Coral Reef Fish. It also feeds on phytoplankton drifting throughout the reef. It uses its antennas to find its food in small ditches, holes, and sometimes underground throughout the reef.
The average male Razor Eel ranges in length of 7 to 11 feet which makes them quick and shifty however, their teeth which are extremely sharp makes them incredibly dangerous. The male Razor Eel also has antennas of about 7 centimeters. Female Razor Eels range about the same as the male however are a little longer during pregnancy because of the eggs the hold and the space they need to hold them.
The Razor Eel is a pink like color. This allows them to blend in with its surroundings of the coral reef using cryptic coloration to attack its prey sneakily and steadily surprising them without notice or warning.
The Razor Eel only has one way to protect itself, its sharp teeth. This is a disadvantage to the Razor Eel. However, due to its antennas with their sensory hairs, they can sense a predator when they are near and can escape quickly with their tail and small feature. This allows them to survive and it makes up for their one way of protection, their teeth. They also can camouflage in the reef with similar looking coral.
The Razor Eel is benthic which means it swims through the water. The Razor Eel uses its tail and snake like figure to glide through the water quickly and easily. The Eel is also planktonic, which means it floats around, as it stalks its prey.
The Razor Eel breathes through gill slits. It uses these gills to take in oxygenated water, filter out the oxygen, and "spit" out the water back through the gills along with carbon dioxide allowing it to absorb or take in oxygen through the water as it swims.
The Razor Eel produces sexually. The male follows the female around and when the female is ready, it lays down its eggs in some place of safety. They female lays an abundant of eggs from around 300-600. Then the male swims over the eggs and produces sperm to fertilize the egg. However, due to the abundant of eggs the parents don't wait around and they leave the eggs to hatch and survive on their own hoping a few will survive and they go somewhere else to produce more offspring.