The hexcrawler replaced its ancestor, the mason hexspourous, completely. With its relatives out-competing it in the water, the remaining group of hexspourouses adapted to land, living in the scrublands and the eastern andwestern sections of the polar beach. The continuation of the Oathinian Explosion, along with two and a half million years of the ruthless culling that comes with such a harsh climate, has changed the wanderer's physical characteristics markedly, although its basic anatomy is much like its ancestor's. At first glance, the most noticeable difference is the increased size of its appendages, which propel it over the rocky beach. It is also now ten times as large, bringing it to a size of one centimeter.
The biggest change, though, is the increased sensitivity of its senses. The front of its grazing appendages now have modified touch-sensors. These detect the speed of air molecules in front of the organism, allowing it to sense heat. This is not enough to locate individual airbulbs, but the heat generated by the intesified sunlight is enough to help it find patches of the flora. It uses its grazing appendages to keep in moisture, as well as to feed on patches of gildring and airbulbs. To reproduce, it will dig small holes in the ground, usually near patches of airbulbs. It will then inject a thick gel into the hole, which contains nutrients and a fetus, and cover the hole with dirt.
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