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Suu

⚠ WIP: This article is a work in progress and is not yet approved for usage in the RP.

General Information

Home world: Alixxion

Language: A series of clicks and pheromones

Total Population: 4.5 Million

Culture: culture

General Information

The Suu are an Insectoid colony species which is in a symbiotic relationship with the Wruuph, as they have a common ancestor which they evolved from, one side favouring the abundant vegetation, the other favouring a more protein rich diet of meat. The Suu are peace loving and kind in nature, they only use weapons in defence but that is not needed on their planet anymore as the surface animals have been tamed by the Suu, used for farming as the Suu are vegetarian, believing that each animal is from one Great Spirit beast. Inside their hive the Suu are split between Farmers that live nearest the surface, the Commoners live in the middle sections of the hive as the Commoners range from salesmen to scientists and doctors, and finally in the deepest part of the hive is the Queen and the leaders of each field of work.

The Suu evolved on a planet with ammonia-rich atmosphere and

The Suu are between 5 foot to 10 foot from head to abdomen, and around 8 foot from head to ground. Their body have two arms and four legs, their hands have three claw-like fingers making a sort of claw and have a tough exoskeleton that can take some damage like a built in armour, the Suu aren't that good-looking with their insectoid bodies but the Suu use pheromones that attract the opposite gender.

The Suu are fully vegetarian any meat they eat comes back up quick quickly, they have a varied diet and can eat anything from fruit to leaves.

The Suu are born in a larval stage that the parent takes care of until the larva turns to a young Suu, the parents both look after the larva as there is no discrimination between genders.

The others of the Suu empire are known as the Behimoni and the Wruuph.

Suu

Appearance

The Suu are massive insectoid creatures, that come in a variety of different colours depending on their parents and what hive they come from.

The Suu have elongated heads that curve back, with thicker chitin protecting the back and sides keeping the face as exoskeleton. They have an antenna on each side of their head that follows the heads curve and their eyes are situated on the side of their heads slightly embedded into the exoskeleton.

Their head connects to their chest which has chitin covering the parts of the chest front where the vital organs are located and completely covered on the back, with four arms connected to the chest, two on the higher on the chest close to the head and two connected lower down just past half way down the chest, their arms have three joints, one connecting the arm to the body, one that is half way down their arm that allows their arms to be more movable and the last joint connects the arms to the three claw hands.

Their abdomen is at a ninety degree angle to the rest of their body, this part is also covered in chitin for protection, with four legs spread out for stability, this part of their body is larger than the other two parts of the Suu's body. Like the arms the legs have special joints one called the Coxa that joins the leg to the abdomen, a smaller joint that between the 'coxa' and the 'femur'. The Femur is usually long and stouter than the other segments and contains the main muscles used in running, jumping and digging. The tibia is also generally long serving to increase the length of the leg, as well as adding an extra joint and thus extra flexibility. The claws attached to the legs are covered in a lot of tiny hairs to help with staying on even smooth substances.

Anatomy

The Suu's whole body is covered a thick exoskeleton with thin but powerful arms and legs that can support their frame with ease.

The Suu have elongated head with harder chitin on the top that protect their brains more, the mouth of the Suu had two massive mandibles that rip their food into smaller more easily digestible bits, they have two compound eyes one on each side of their head.

The Suu have small antennae that follow the chitin backwards across the head that give the Suu odorant receptors, which identify different aromatic compounds and pheromones; gustatory receptors, that distinguish between different tastes and react to some pheromones; and the ionotropic glutamate receptors, which are narrowly tuned to various poisonous and toxic compounds.

Eyes

The Suu's compound eyes are composed of a number of individual lenses, rather than a single lens as in a human's eye, the number of separate visual elements in adults are 28,000 per single eye.

This creates a considerable difference in the presentation of light stimulus to the Suu's brain, however the ability of the Suu to navigate the world by means of visual stimuli suggest that they have overcome the problems inherent in this multi-faceted perception.

Much like human eyes, the eyes of the Suu, can be divided into four basic parts: the supportive material that keeps all the parts together; a light gathering part; a light receptor that converts the received light into electrical energy; and the nerves that carry the electrical impulses to the brain for analysis. In the compound eyes of Suu these parts are repeated numerous times side by side in a space saving hexagonal pattern.

The lens is formed by a transparent and colourless cuticle and it is usually biconvex, beneath this is the crystalline cone normally functions as a secondary lens.

The receptive parts of a Suu's eye are the retinula cells. Each ommatidium normally has eight retinula cells arranged to leave a central core space in the centre of the ommatidium, into which each retinula cell projects a series of microvilli, these microvilli are the actual light detecting part of the cells.

The corneal lens is supported by primary pigment cells and by secondary pigment cells. The retinula cells are connected to axons at the base of the eye, it is these which carry the information collected by the lenses and converted into electrical impulses to the brain, thus allowing the Suu to see.

Mandibles

The mandibles constitute the moveable aspects of the insect mouth, the mandibles are the equivalent of jaws with the exception that they move transversely.

The mandibles are adapted for crushing and chewing they have become a secondary sexual characteristic and are extremely large in some of the older Suu.

Mandibles are used not only for feeding but also for attack and defence, and for manipulation of materials as in the nest building.

Thorax (chest)

The Suu's thorax has the two arms of the species, the thorax has the vital organs of the Suu under the thick exoskeleton and is vertical to the ground.

The thorax is the main engine room of the Suu. The thorax is built up of a series of concave upper and convex lower integumental plates. The thorax can be conveniently divided into three separate and normally easily visible sections called from the front, the prothorax the mesothorax and the metathorax.

Arms
  • The Coxa, this is the most basal aspect of the arms and joins the leg to the abdomen.
  • The Trochanter is usually small and serves as a joint between the coxa and the Humerus.
  • The Humerus is usually long and stouter than the other segments and contains the main muscles used in digging, lifting and holding weapons if needed.
  • The Radius is also generally long serving to increase the length of the arm, as well as adding an extra joint and thus extra flexibility and are connected to the hands.
Hands

the Suu's hand are three clawed with one in the middle of the other two facing into the other two, so when a Suu closes their hand the one claw is in between the other two.

abdomen

The abdomen has the four legs spread apart or better stability, this is also where the Suu can store nutrients for later need, it is the biggest part of the Suu and is horizontal to the ground.

The abdomen is built up of a series of concave upper integumental plates and convex lower integumental plates, the whole being held together by a tough yet stretchable membrane. It contains the insects digestive tract and reproductive organs, it consists of eleven segments though the 11th segment is absent in the adults.

Legs

The legs are split into different parts.

  • The Coxa, this is the most basal aspect of the leg and joins the leg to the abdomen.
  • The Trochanter is usually small and serves as a joint between the 'coxa' and the 'femur'.
  • The Femur is usually long and stouter than the other segments and contains the main muscles used in running, jumping and digging.
  • The tibia is also generally long serving to increase the length of the leg, as well as adding an extra joint and thus extra flexibility.
  • The Tarsus is the foot of the insect leg and can consist of five segments.
  • The Claws are situated at the end of the tarsus and serve to assist the insect in holding onto a substrate. Between the claws a special pad which acts using suction developed by large numbers of minute tubular hairs to help hold the insect to smooth substrates.

Cardiovascular and Digestive Systems

The Suu have an open circulatory system which differs in both structure and function from the closed circulatory system found in humans and other vertebrates. In a closed system, blood is always contained within vessels. In an open system, blood spends much of its time flowing freely within body cavities where it makes direct contact with all internal tissues and organs. The circulatory system is responsible for movement of nutrients, salts, hormones, and metabolic wastes throughout the Suu's body. In addition, it plays several critical roles in defence:

  • It seals off wounds through a clotting reaction,
  • It encapsulates and destroys internal parasites or other invaders,
  • The hydraulic properties of blood are important as well. Hydrostatic pressure generated internally by muscle contraction is used to facilitate hatching, molting, and expansion of body after molting, physical movements, reproduction,
  • Aids in thermoregulation, it can help cool the body by conducting excess heat away from active flight muscles or it can warm the body by collecting and circulating heat absorbed while basking in the sun.

A dorsal vessel is the major structural component of a Suu's circulatory system. This tube runs longitudinally through the thorax and abdomen, along the inside of the dorsal body wall, it is a fragile, membranous structure that collects haemolymphs in the abdomen and conducts it forward to the head.

The Suu's digestive system is a closed system, with one long enclosed coiled tube called the alimentary canal which runs lengthwise through the body. The alimentary canal only allows food to enter the mouth, and then gets processed as it travels through the body. The alimentary canal has specific sections for grinding and food storage, enzyme production and nutrient absorption. Sphincters control the food and fluid movement between three regions. The three regions include the foregut, the midgut, and the hindgut.

Mating and reproduction

The Suu reproduce sexually, for a week in a year with their mating partner because females of the Suu have only one week in a year that they can have a baby. The area for mating is close to the back of the abdomen and is covered by the exoskeleton until the female and male move the segments so that their sexual organs are visible then they can reproduce. The female's organ is right at the back of the abdomen and is opened out as the female pulls the segments back, the male organ is close to the front of the underside of the abdomen. The male uses his front legs to hold on to the women as they go into mating using the claws to stay in place on the female, and then the male implants their seed into the woman.

Suu can mate when they want, but the female is only fertile for this one week in the year, after mating in this time the egg grows in the female abdomen for three weeks then is laid, after a week out in the open the egg hatches.

Life Cycle

The race in general can live for around 100 years

Larvae

This stage is when they are born till one year have passed, in this stage they aren't able to defend themselves being a maggot like creature of around two foot, and the parents normally take the one year to focus on the hatchling. At the end of the one year the larvae spins a cocoon that covers their whole body and lasts for three months while the larvae changes into a Pupa.

Appearance

The larvae is a white maggot like creature has only a mouth on the front and thick spiracles coursing down their body, all the way to other end.

Anatomy

The larvae has the digestive system and cardiovascular system of the Suu but on a smaller scale,

adult

The Suu emerges from the cacoon with a clear body as soon as it hatches from the cocoon, they shed their exoskeleton once every week for the first year then once a year for the next nine, each time the new exoskeleton is a darker colour.

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