Iguadonts are a group of dinosaur-like herbivores that are, like the Ugulot of Idgris, a major keystone species. These spike thumbed animals are the dragon's main source of food, as they are large and always on the move.
There are only four species. Raason being is because Iguadonts are the most successful animals to colonize nearly every continent on Argo. And here they are:
The dovidi is the largest and strongest of the Iguadont family. Large, mature males are red in coloration, with dark red pattersn that span from head to tail. Their small, bumpy head crests are mahogany, but can flash brighter when attracting a mate. Females are slightly smaller with lighter color and no head ornamentation. Both sexes have yellow eyes, and very good sense of sight and smell.
Dovidi can grow approximately 43 feet in length, and it is not uncommon for older animals to reach almost fifty! These are highly social animals that can live in groups of a thousand, ore or less!! They are found mainly on as far north as Gotas all the way down to Meta, where geography has made them into two distinct morphs- Those living in the north are slightly larger and darker than their southern relatives. Prefer open plains and small forests when feeding on the young leaves of trees and lowland plantlife.
Breeding takes place once every five years, and just like Maiasaurus, the Dovidi are good and protective parents. They lay a clutch of around 40 eggs in a circular patter inside a round pit lined with leaves and debris. The young hatch three months later, and imprint on the mother immediately. She will look after them for about three to four years, and that's when they start to grow independent from their mothers, eventually mingling with the rest of the herd. Once the young are old enough, the migration for food begins, though some individuals can be quite stationary, especially those up north who do the best to seek out a living during winter months. More often than not, they are accompanied by one or two more different speceis of Iguadonts, such as the equally sized Uroso. But it can also include different species of herbivores as well. They are very strong and long distance swimmers, surprisingly. They use their powerful tails and great kicks as defense weapons against predators. They also have spiked thumbs to use as gouging tools!
They are the main prey item of the three large cranigorid species, and even the Leo and Quetzin. Dovini are one of the most common and widespread animals on Argo, with an average lifespan of up to almost 50 years. A dwarf species lives on a large island of Tas in the Ob Sea, named Aan, and is the perfect prey for a small population of slightly smaller Quetzin and other dawrf predators.
The Uroso is the second largest of the group known as Iguadonts. Both genders are blue with a bold, darker blue pattern on their bodies and spinal spines that point forward. Their tails are also black and white. Males are larger with a larger head ornamentation, used as a fomr of communication, status against rivals, and for sex appeal. They also have seven circular spots on each side of their bodies that gradually get smaller to the tail, and are outlined in a black ring. Females large lighter, smaller, and lack these features.
Originally, the ancestor of Uroso came from Soa. Then, it migrated to the western world. Like the dovidi, there are two subspecies, and both vary on a number of factors, such as size, geography, etc. On average, they can grow as long as 42 feet or even larger.
Also like the Dovidi, Uroso also have a similar breeding cycle- same number of eggs, same form of parental care. And during the migration, they often accompany their Dovidi relatives and even eat together, though at times they do tend to keep to their own kind when traveling.
They, too, are preyed upon by the dragon populations. Their lifespans can go up to 50 or more, also.
Dahes are smaller than both the Dovidi and Uroso, growing at around 36 feet, or slightly more. Record sized bulls have been seen pushed at over 40 feet! Both genders have green bodies with dark mahogany patterns, and yellow underbellies. Males of this species have large neck spines and a red dual headgear used to intimidate rivals and attract mates. Females lack these features.
The Dahes home range can be found in Meta and sometimes up north in Tas, though only for a season. A smaller version lives on the small continents of Idgris and Ugati. Unlike their larger counterparts, which have a lifespan of over fifty, the smaller species can at least to 80 years!
Dahes are seasonal migrators, and they are on the move during times of scarcity and drought. They are a hardy species that can go through even the touchest of vegetation below and above. During the breeding seasons, males will ovten challenge eachother by rutting at the ground, and headbutting one another. They will even sometimes wrestle, and that's where their spiked thumbs come in handy. They can inflict deep, serious wounds to one another. In the end, only victor wins the right to mate with a small chosen harem. The female constructs a nest liek that of their larger Iguadont relatives, and lay a clutch of 30 eggs. The parents are highly devoted, often nesting to their food source. The young stay with their mothers until about four years old, when they are ready to mingle with the other herd members, younger andn older.
Being smaller, the Dahes, though social and very close as a herd, is far more aggressive. They will defend themselves with powerful kicks and can wield their thumbs like swords. Both males and females have been known to headbutt a lone would-be predator, such as a Suchyx. As a herd, they are a force to be reckoned with, especially when theyhave yougn to protect.
TEGOS (a play-on for Stegosaurus)
The smallest species of Iguadonts, the Tegos is perhaps the most aggressive and most highly decorative. They are native to Soa, with seasonal migrations in small family herds. Again, geography plays a role, and there are three subspecies. The larget of which lives in dry grasslands.
Though they occasionally rear up to feast on leaves and run from predators, the Tegos spends much of his time on all fours, more so than the other Iguadonts. His legs are slightly shorter and stockier, and he is even more aggressive, despite his status as a social animal. Females of this species are brown all over, and only slightly smaller than the male, which has a striking pattern of red with black outlining. Both genders have spines that prout from their backs in bunches, much like a single Stegosaurus spine. And just like a stegosaurus, their tail is covered with hard, sharp single spines, though Tegos have far more than just four of them. Tegos are smaller than Dahes, reaching a length of 30 feet.
They are the only Iguadont species to raise their young in related herds. The eldest female, called the Matriarch, lives with her offspring and grandchildren. Males live in bachelor herds, coming together when in must, in which high testosterone levels cause males to become overly aggressive and will fight and kill anythign they see, even non-aggressive animals. Females will lay a small clutch of ten eggs, and after five months, will raise their hatchlings till they mature at around seven years. Such a long commitment of parental caring means that Tegos can easy live up to 90 years.
During drought, sometimes they can accompany herds of Dahes. Tegos are preyed upon by the Suchyx and Pyrod, though both dragon species do take caution when hunting even a lone male in season. They will often leave an individual alone, though they can, occasioannly, attempt to seperate a young Tegos away from its mother or the herd, and young individuals are the most targeted.
Regardless of species, all Iguadonts have another thing in common- they were, at one time, also used as work and food animals for the Archean race, though they were not worshipped and reveired as the dragon species.