The Diversity of Arcubrachids Picture

Arcubrachids are ubiquitous arboreal paleocephalids that inhabitat multiple forest habitats on the planet Calpurnia. The clade encompasses dozens of species, each of which possessing its own adaptations to its specific niche. Arcubrachids have long tapering limbs that make them cumbersome on the ground but remarkablely agile in the treetops.

The aptly named common arcubrachid is a generalist species that can be found in just about every forest between the temperate and tropical latitudes. They feed on both the innumerable flying invertebrates of the canopy and the succulent fruits that hang from the trees' reproductive tendrils.

The acrothrasher is an abnormally large arcubrachid that has become entirely carnivorous. It is most commonly seen in the border forest of eastern Egeria, although some claim to have seen it in northern Hookland. As its name suggests, it is amazingly flexible and can travel through the canopy with suprising speed. Its primary prey are usually other smaller arcubrachids and various other tree dwelling herbivores. In autochthon mythology, the acrothrasher is portrayed as the embodiment of cunning.

The reaper is another arcubrachid carnivore, although it is often seen subsisting on forest vegetation. It lives along the southern foothills of the Lapis Mountains on the edge of the lush Signet Forest. Unlike most other arcubrachids, the reaper is a brachiating species, swinging arm over arm through the tree branches. Its name comes from its scythe-like claws that it uses to grip to branches and to disembowel prey. Unlike the acrothrasher, the reaper is capable of tackling prey as large as itself.

The tropical arcubrachid is a small species derived from the same stock as the arcrothrasher, although it is primarily herbivorous. It has adapted to the crowded Signet Forest by becoming smaller and more sepentine. While most often compared to monkeys and arboreal primates, its niche is for similar to that of a woodpecker; it feeds on the invertebrates that live beneath the cuticles of the towering trees in its forest environment.

The crimson arcubrachid is most commonly seen in temperate and sub-arctic bacasperm forests in northern Egeria. It is omnivorious and unusually intelligent. Its colorful limbs help it to blend in with the red and orange leaves of its forest home.
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