Myledaphus are shy coastal creatures rarely seen by humans despite their vibrant colors. They reach about a meter long and spend most of the day hiding in the sand, only coming out at night to forage for food. Curiously, the males and females of this species typically inhabit very different environments; males are aquatic and live in warm coastal waters, while females swim through the air over tropical beaches. Both are able to fly and swim in air or water, but each can only breathe in one fluid. Females must hold their breath to dive underwater just as the males must keep their gills moist when they venture into the air. Occasionally a rare individual is both with the ability to pass between the submarine and surface worlds as it pleases, but for most, visits to the other population of myledaphus are brief. The one exception is during a blue moon, when the restrictions on these creatures seem lifted and they actively visit one another like old friends kept separate. Unsurprisingly, the blue moon is the breeding season for these creatures, and because it comes so rarely, myledaphus must live for a very long time. By some estimates, individuals regularly live over a hundred years.
Sometimes this small round egg is soft and wet to the touch, but other times it feels hard and dry.
Your hatchling is delicate and has velvety skin despite it being covered in small tooth-like denticles. These creatures are highly precocious and fully capable of taking care of themselves as soon as they hatch. They spend most of their time using their flattened heads to dig clams and other mollusks from the sand near the coast, occasionally delighting when they stumble upon a juicy ragworm. Even though they require no help from their parents, young myledaphus are far from solitary; they regularly engage other hatchlings in games of chase.
Myledaphus are relatively small and unassuming compared to the great sea creatures of the world, but they're valued for their bright colors. The wealthiest aristocrats in Voltar and Synara keep these vibrant creatures in pools and sand pits around the edges of their gardens, and even some in Alveus have taken to keeping them around. Myledaphus are relatively easy to care for as long as they have an ample supply of shellfish, and they can grow to be quite sociable. They communicate largely through body language though many magi think their electricity-sensitive snouts are also involved in their interactions with one another somehow. Myledaphus are relatively harmless to anything larger than a clam, but it is advised that any prospective caretaker watch their fingers if they've recently eaten -- these creatures' small hexagonal teeth are surprisingly powerful.
Obtained from: Stream (uncommon) Tributary: Callisto Islands
Renaming cost: 2000 gold
Release date: October 8th 2018
Sprite art: Mysfytt | Description: PKGriffin