Meet Pteropod. Pteropod is a very friendly creature. Despite her prickly texture (which all the Morphoids share) she is quite a cuddly creature. Her long limbs are quite flexible and seem to caress whatever she is grasping.
We think Pteropod is a female, though we have no concrete evidence for this. We think she may be a female through her behaviour and interactions, although this may only be an indicator of personality. Pteropod seems to show a nurturing tendency towards us and the other creatures in her vicinity.
We’ve started giving names to the specific anatomy of the Morphoids, to enable ourselves to study and discuss specific aspects of the Morphoids in more detail. This is the first of a series of diagrams we are using to organize and clarify the information.
I’m sure many of you are familiar with this. This is a chart showing the taxonomy of a human, a fruit fly, and two of the Morphoids, Pteropod and Gynoecium. As you can see, though we’ve determined that Morphopodia is a phylum, everything else mostly speculation at this point in time. Because there are things missing, we are not sure how the Morphoids completely relate to one another and the rest of the kingdom of Animalia.
Here is Pteropod with one of the handlers. Though her skin is the same type of texture as the other Morphoids, she loves to cuddle, and while she looks a little threatening curled around a human, she is actually quite gentle.
We still try to be on guard with her, though, and never handle her alone, because we don’t know much about her or her personality, and we are worried that being so friendly might be how she obtains food.
The IMR will be at the Alberta Craft Council’s Discovery Gallery in Edmonton, Alberta! If you’re in the area, go take a look! No Morphoids have been discovered this far north, and this is the farthest these particular Morphoids have traveled, making them a rarity in that part of the world.
Sepal, Pteropod and Scarabaeidae are the three Morphoids in the exhibit. The display will be up and open to the public from May 28th – July 9th, 2011. The Discovery Gallery is located at 10186 – 106 Street, Edmonton Alberta.
It seems that Pteropod was just waiting for someone to discover her. She was found in the low branches of a tree, which we believe to be her preferred habitat. Her long arms seem to allow her to move more fluidly through the branches.