Teraphids are one of many giant insects that call idgris their home. Like all insects, they have three body segments consisting of a head, throax (subdivided into protothorax, mesothorax, and metathorax), and abdomen. And like all true insects, they have three pairs of legs, and breathing holes called spiracles along the sides of their bodies instead of lungs. They smell using their antenna, and have two pairs of wings for flight.
Teraphids are almost the size of sheep, and live the kind of same way, but living in caste systems within a complex colony underground and around trees. They can be aggressive if their nest is approached. They are good fliers, and only females will sting. The largest member, the queen, is always guared, surrounded by her worker subjects and supply of male suitors.
They make great meals for smaller predators as dragons and others, and for teh Archeans, they are considered plentiful, as well as very high in protein. Teraphids can be harvested, but are usually grown and raised commercially as a food source. They've become so domesticated, in fact, that instead of their dirty goldenrod color, they have orange heads, gray, wingless and stingless bodies, and are very docile. Eww...yummy!!
Originally from Idgris, Blatos are small dog sized cockroaches that live in the tropics of almost every continent, where they feed on rotting vegetation, leaves, nuts, and seeds. They live like most tropical roaches do, living underground under fallen rotted giant trees, and can live for over 60 years; longer in captivity. Males are distinguished from females by their two honr-like projections on the top of their thoraxes. You could say that they resemble giants of today's Madagascar hissing cockroaches. Females lay egg cases that hatch into 300 fully developed nymphs, looking like miniature versions of their parents. They stay with their mothers for about 4 weeks before leaving.
Blatos are good to eat, especially when cooked and roasted.
Gorphyn are the wild dogs of Idgris, with a subspecies living on Ugati. These green, reptilian-like creatures are roughly the size of gray wolves, living in a submissive hierarchy led by an alpha pair. All pack members are affectionate, and will defend eachother as well as their offspring and territory. They are like vultures, and can smell dead carcasses over greater distances. But being opportunists, they can, in fact, hunt down sizable prey items, as they have stamina on their side. thos eon Idgris have been know to bring down a large Shagga, usually one that is old, sick, or lame. Archean nomads, some of them, once used them as hunting animals to help feed their villages.
Young are born live after a two month gestation period. All pack members help care for eachother's young, wich can number in up to 8 in a litter.
They are a vulnerable species, as their numbers were greatly decimated by Anatheman-kind. Their numbers are rising once more.
If Oeli are the lions, then Xeyrh are the hyenas, but much larger and much worse. Females are slightly larger than the males, and clans are female-dominated. They're found only on Idgris. Competition with Oeli are never ending, and mirrors that of lions and hyenas.
They can run down prey with repeated biting to the limbs until exhaustion and bloodloss run its course. They've been known to steal dragon eggs and chicks, but Xeyrh are mostly known to steal kills from other predators, provided they have numbers on their side. When breeding, large young females seek out the attention of the oldest males. All clan members help raise all the offspring, but those females born to the alpha female get the most attention. Even large adult males submit to them.
A much smaller cousin of the much heavier Braceritos of Meta and Tas, Dolupus are the largest animals on Idgris. Males live solitary lives, while females live in small related herds. A large bull can be barely taller than a male giraffe. They only come together during the mating season. Peaceful vegetarians, their size is their only salvation, with no natural predators as older adults. Calves and younger specimens are suseptible to predation, and in some cases, even a large bull can be crippled by a sufficnet number of a well-coordinated pack of animals or dragons, provided the animal was old, sick, or weak.
A Dolupus's gestation is about three years, and the calf stays with its mother until about five years of age. The herd is led by an elderly female, known as the matriarch. Because they can live up to almost 90 years, they have a vast knowledge on the best places to eat, drink, and breed. Males, when fighting to mate, will walk side by side, battering their heads against one another like male giraffes do. The loser is sometiems badly injured, and makes an easy kill for a dragon or non-dragon. Yet, even a lame animal is still a force to be reckoned with.
Rhattan are speedy natives, mainly in the tropics. Both male and female are similar, difference in that males having a large red bony head to help attract a mate, while females are different shades of brown and lack the crown. They are bipedal, always on the move, and one of the only speceis to pollinate some of the largest flowers in Argo as they seek out nectar to fuel their rapid metabolisms. They are as tall as a Terror, but much more docile. And it is only a Terror that can successfully hunt down a healthy adult as they are the fastests animals on Argo. As the dragon evolved into a faster animal, so did its prey.
Rhattan birth live young, about five younglings. And already after birth, the young chicks begin their life long obsession with running and feeding on nectar. There is no parental care in this species.