Tyranicus mandibuli - vonny
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Grand Magos Biologis Remulon,
Recent investigations into hive fleet Charybdis have uncovered an additional organism used in the later stages of Tyranid invasion. This creature, dubbed 'tyranicus Mandibuli' for its large mandibles, can be seen on the accompanying pic feed. Consistent with earlier attempts at recording organisms in a late state of Tyranid invasion, the pic quality is, sadly, very low. However, clearly can be seen that this xenos, not much larger than a ripper, has the usual three limb configuration common to Tyranid creatures, albeit that these limbs are very small in comparison to the rest of its body.
Of interesting observation is that the creature captured on the accomanying pic does not have the colors commonly associated with the hive fleet. As reports have been made of similar creatures with the associated colors, there are a few theories concerning the strange coloration of this beast. Some speculate that it was newly created and thus not yet 'hardened out' into its eventual colors. Others claim it may be covered in so much dust that the creature seems grey. These theories are of course follies, and it is my personal oppinion that this particular specimen may have some shared genetics with the Lictor species, specifically the chameleonic scales.
Note that the large claws at the from of the creature are actually jaws - this creature has mandibles almost as large as the entire rest of the creature. It is theorized by Magos Biologis Ludus that this creature uses these mandibles to chew through any structure that is too large and inefficient for minoris omniphagea (rippers in common nomenclature) to wholly consume step by step. Following the separation of the structure (which can be anything from support pillars in buildings to complete trees) from any solid ground, the tyranicus mandibulis carries or drags these items towards the closest digestion pool for reconstitution by the hive fleet. Surprising strength has been witnessed to be shown by these small creatures, carrying up to 50 times and even dragging up to 500 times their own estimated body weight towards the digestion pools.
These creatures seem to be devoid of any optical sensory apparatus, and thus are theorized to act on pheromone emissions of rippers locating structures too inefficient for them to chew up completely. Indeed, no tyranicus mandibuli has been spotted outside of areas previously or currently visited by the minoris omniphagea.
Though no high threat level comes from these creatures, the fact that the hive fleet has adepted to consume large structures more economically by dumping them directly into the digestion pools is a worrisome development. This hive fleet may consume planets faster, and thus advance faster, than it has before, giving us less and less time to prepare proper defenses.
+++Report by Magos Biologis Turenea+++
Owner: Joel VanDerMeulen
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