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Species: Macromelanophallus graviterque
Common Name/s: Great-member Bowerbeest
Size: 3.7-4.2m long; males genitals add an additional 3.5-3.7m, 2-2.4m tall at the shoulder
Habitat: Savannah's in central and eastern Pizcuetaland

This ridiculously endowed anadactyl is one of the most impressive, and at times intimidating and dangerous, animals on Gaia. The males incredibly muscular deep black genitals are almost or even just as long as their bodies. Males use their impressive genitals to construct their bowers, paired towers of branches propped against each other between 5 and 6m tall and spaced between 3 and 4m apart. Males display to females by standing between these two towers, raising their genitals so that they are vertical and holding them up for as long as possible. Pairs stay together until they've raised their offspring have reached maturity, at which points the parents separate and will find new partners next mating season.

The males use their genitals to defend themselves and their mates and offspring from predators, hitting large predators and tossing and even killing small predators. This behaviour along with an aggressive and defensive temperament makes them a danger to humans, especially during the mating season. Though rare, attacks on people have happened and extensive safety programs are in place in cities with large populations of M. graviterque.
Species: Trimorphopus mantisuchus
Common Name/s: River Thing, Xenodile, Leaping Biologist’s Jest
Size: 2-3.5m long
Habitat: Rivers and lakes in western Petria

When the first reports of this bizarre animal reached the scientific community it was met with much skepticism and ridicule. An animal that lived like a crocodile, jumped like a frog and caught prey with Praying Mantis like arms? The mockingly dubbed “Courtney’s Chimaera”, named after Isabel Courtney, the scientist who made the initial report, and the scientists who pursued its existence were regarded as a joke. It wasn't until 27 years later that concrete evidence of T. mantisuchus, the only aquatic onychocheiran, was produced.

Its body is very similar to earth crocodiles, albeit with waterproof fur instead of scales and a short paddle like tail. Its anterior limbs are Mantis like affairs, each hand bearing a single large claw with spikes on the inner side. These are always folded against its body except when catching prey. Their medial limbs are the most regular of its three pairs, simply being five toed, clawed and webbed. Its posterior limbs, however, are long, strong and frog like, used to leap out of the water at its prey.  

They are solitary and individuals come together only to mate. Females give birth to a litter of three to seven offspring. They swim by undulating their body as well as kicking with their posterior limbs. They hunt by waiting in the shallows for prey to come down to the water to drink or wade. They then leap out of the water and grab onto their prey, dragging it into the water where they hold onto it until it drowns. Their bodies are dark green in colour with long horizontal red stripes down their entire length and a white head and neck.

Courtney later wrote “… appearing as though it were an indecisive shape-shifter, it is truly one of the strangest animals man has ever encountered.”
The Bamboo–eating Booral (Bambusitherium austroailuropodoides) is a species of Booral native to the tropical forests of north-eastern Australia. It is smaller than most Boorals, being only 1.6m tall at the shoulder, and even more unusually is solitary. As its name suggests it feeds    entirely on Bamboo branches, leaves and stems. They do not have territories and instead wander nomadically in search of food, water and shelter, and males and females may mate if they cross paths. Females give birth a single joey which she raises by herself. They have the longest claws of any Booral, which they will use to defend themselves from predators, displaying them by standing erect on its hind legs and holding its arms out. Its sides, chest, arms, neck and head are red while the rest of its body is orange with thin vertical white stripes.
Ahab’s Leviathan (Magnifipisces ahabia); also called the Great White Leviathan, the Ghost Leviathan and the Moonskin Leviathan, is the largest species of cetidont, a title which was previously held by the Emerald Leviathan, reaching lengths of 47-50m. During the day Ahab’s Leviathans feed on plankton at depths of up to 2,200m, and when night falls they follow the plankton up to the surface, where they also feed on krill. Though they are cosmopolitan, they are most commonly seen in arctic and Antarctic waters. They are the longest living animal of the Allocene and can live for up 600 years.      
Bird-bears (Arctavidae) are a family of large heavily built flightless predatory birds descended from Skuas native to Antarctica. They have completely lost their wings and move about on two strong legs. They live in tropical, sub-tropical, temperate and coniferous forests and tundra preying upon herbivorous flightless birds and mammals, which they ambush and then kill with powerful bites of their hatchet-like beak. They are solitary and individuals require large territories, females being larger than males and so have larger territories. When courting females males build a semi-circular structure of rocks, branches, leaves and bones around a recently killed prey  animal which he offers to the female. If she is pleased with his offering she will allow him to mate with her. She will then lay a large single egg which she diligently cares for until her offspring reaches maturity.

The species are:    

Kabuki-faced Bird-bear. (Arctavis kabukiops) Lives in temperate and mountain forests. Its upper side is red-brown with a pale yellow to white underside while its face is white with three or four symmetrical black spots on either side. Males are 1.6m tall and females are 2m tall.

Lesser Mountain Bird-bear (Orarctavis minor) Lives above the timberline on mountains. Its upper side is dark grey while its underside is light grey with dark grey speckles. Males are 1.2m tall and females are 1.3m tall.  

Greater Mountain Bird-bear (Oractavis major) Lives above the timberline on mountains. The front half of its body and all of is back is light grey while the back half of its body and its haunches are dark grey. Males are 1.4m tall and females are 1.6m tall.

Stripe-necked Bird-bear (Melanopteryx vergacollum) Lives in tropical forests. It is black with thin white stripes along its neck and the front of its chest. Males are 1.1m tall and females are 1.4m tall.

Golden-shouldered Bird-bear (Melanopteryx chrysoscapula) Lives in tropical and subtropical forests. It is black with a golden patch over its shoulders and down its sides. Males are 1.2m tall and females are 1.5m tall.

Polar Bird-bear (Avinanuq albopteryx) Lives on tundras and in coniferous forests. It is light brown in summer and white in winter. Males are 2.4m tall and females are 2.7m tall.

Great Shaggy Bird-bear (Australorex hirsutus) Lives in temperate and mountain forests. It has a brown shaggy coat. Males are 3.6m tall and females are 4.6m tall.

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