Name: Belfrense

Type: Amphibians (Avians)

Size: Small

Region: Grassland, Mountains

Rarity: Very Common

Lifespan: 1-3 years

Appearance

About a foot or two long and fairly flat, belfrense are odd little creatures in appearance. Their body has a vaguely semi-circle shape with no visible bones, and two fan-like fins that move in a ripple-like motion along the back of the body and that are only divided by the tail.

The eyes, which are black and glassy orbs, rest at the front of the inch-thick upper jaw, while their flap-like lower jaw hosts a mouth that stretches about half of the width of the body and is set back a few inches from and below the snout. Their bottom side, on either end of the mouth opening, is where their gills are situated, meaning they must always stay a certain distance above the water-bed so that they can breath.

Males are dark colors, typically blacks, grays and blues, while females are pearlescent and reflect a variety of colors as they move in order to attract a mate. Belfrense skin is rubbery and, if out of the water, very slimy due to a special mucus-like secretion to keep them from becoming dehydrated. Males also feature an extended spoon-like tail instead of the female's barely existent nub, onto which the female will lay its eggs during mating season.

Behaviour

They're very social creatures, congregating in huge schools both in and out of the water, though they never stray more than a few feet on land. The females are the primary hunters while the males carry and raise their young, which reach maturity at about 3 months from the time their eggs are laid. While a male is carrying eggs or babies on its spoon-like tail, it will remain in the water and not fly, depending on the female for nourishment.

Diet: Being omnivorous, belfrense eat a mixture of smaller fish, birds and rodents, but their primary diet is aquatic plant life such as flowers and grass roots.

Habitat: They prefer fresh and calm water such as ponds and lakes, or sometimes the more peaceful areas of rivers and streams. A rather large and famous school is known to live around the southern shores of Lake Cora?.

Breeding: Belfrense mate frequently, starting at 8 months of age and continuing until about 4 months before they die. They do not mate for life, and a female is known to have batches of eggs with as many males as she can provide for at one time.

Special Information

Strengths/Abilities:

  • Belfrense have the strange ability to fly despite their aquatic nature, somehow dispersing air in a similar manner to how they move through the water.
  • They are considered a delicacy in some regions due to the belfrense's naturally tangy taste. Their eggs are also gathered, often being sold with and eaten off the male's tail.
  • A belfrense can survive without air and for a time without water, but once its skin secretion dries out, it will die slowly from dehydration and suffocation.

Weaknesses:

  • If a belfrense's skin secretion dries out due to spending too much time out of the water, it will die slowly from dehydration.

Origin: Belfrense are a common sight, being caught and sold frequently by river-side fishing towns due to their reasonably fast breeding. No one is sure where they first came from, however, as they are as much a part of Elysia?'s history as is water itself.

Creator: Russ?

Creatures Amphibians Avians Small Mountains Grassland Very Common