FAQ

Question: What is a Morphoid?

Morphoids are unusual creatures, classified by the following distinct characteristics:

  • They are ambiguous creatures, often seem to imitate other animals
  • They usually have a very vibrant colouring.
  • They all have an unusual peeling skin texture
  • There are no obvious facial features or genitalia
  • Their main defence mechanism is to freeze when they feel they are being watched.

Question: Have you ever seen any dead Morphoids?

No.  I’ve never come across one.  I have seen bones, though.  Morphoids die in discrete locations and seem to decay very quickly.

Question: Why don’t you know very much about these creatures?

We’ve only been studying the Morphoids since they showed themselves in the fall of 2010.  These things take time, and a lot of research and speculation, especially in the beginning.

Question: How did you start your research?

When I first discovered these creatures, I spent a lot of time observing them in their natural environments, making notes and photographing them.  Many of them are shy creatures, and seemed wary of my being there. Morphoids are also different from a lot of animals in that they seem to move more when you’re not looking.

Question: How come Morphoids haven’t been seen earlier?

There have only been verified Morphoid sightings in the last year or so, since the fall of 2010.  We’re not sure if they did not exist before that point in time, or maybe something has been driving them out of hiding.  Either way, they’re here now, and so we are observing them.

Question: If the Morphoids have no vital signs, how do you know if they’re alive?

How do you know plants are alive?  They grow, are moist and delicate, and have a healthy colouring.

No, seriously, we know the Morphoids are alive because they move, even though we haven’t seen more than a couple actually move.  While we can’t detect a heartbeat or any rhythm of breathing through their thick skins, they are warm to the touch.   We’ve also seen them in their natural habitats.

Question: What do you think Sepal eats?

We think Sepal must eat grass, or bugs, which are plentiful where he lives.  We’ve never seen him do it though.  The Morphoids are all very aware when they are being watched.

Question: Have you done any disections of any of these creatures?

No.

None of the Morphoids we have seen has died yet.  We are not going to kill one to do a dissection.  When one dies on it’s own, we may do a dissection.

Question: How did Bovinae get it’s name?

Texas Longhorn

Bovinae reminded us of the horns of cattle.

Image from The Full Wiki.

Question: What sorts of food do you keep on hand for the Morphoids?

We make sure that each Morphoid has access to a variety of possible foods, including grains, steak, cereal (Cheerios), and carrot sticks.  Occasionally, we even put out small bowls of milk for the Morphoids, but that does not seem to appeal to them.  We have even tried crickets and mice, but have had no success with anything.

Question: How do you decide on their names?

Generally, we choose something that corresponds to what the Morphoid reminds us of.  For example, Scarabaeidae reminds us of the larvae form of a beetle.  The species names we give them are only working names, until we can properly classify the animals.