Chimaera

Another of the bizarre discoveries of Dr. Alter inhabiting the extreme depths of subatomic space, X. chimaera displays a tangle of writhing stalks stemming from a gelatinous central node.

This weird microbe uses a variety of purpose specific appendages to perform a variety of monstrous tasks.
X. chimaera

Each of the stalks terminates in a unique, function specific organ. Though no two specimens are identical, and the purpose of most organs is unknown, many examples of X. chimaera exhibit diverse variations upon the following functional elements:

~ grasping and/or adhesive organs. These range from pincher-grabbers to sticky cilia-covered masses

~ ‘touch’-sensory organs. In one specimen (pictured above), researchers found what looked like a human fingertip, complete with prints

~ organs resembling various types of eye in form & function. Though demonstrably sensory in nature, these organs obviously cannot serve in the perception of light as we know it.

~ stingers, cutters, smashers, or other means of defense & attack

~ lures employed to attract prey. These organs frequently resemble macroscopic fruits & vegetables

Though these types are found on many specimens, Alter’s notes stress the great diversity of chimaera morphology. Not all chimaerae exhibit the same means of locomotion: aetheric ‘wings’, flagella, and more have been observed.

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