Nasobeme / Honatata, Nasobema lyricum
Origin: Speculative fiction, Literature — Classification: Snouters — Sapience level: Non-sapient

Appearance[edit | edit source]

  • Snouters: The Nasobeme is the most representative species of the oddball mammal order known as Rhinogradentia, a.k.a. "Snouters".
  • Average height: 90 cm
  • Tail length: Impressively, up to 3.6 meters when fully inflated.
  • Nose-walker: This fancy-looking creature possesses two pairs of elongated, tentacle-like noses (the modified nasarium organ, characteristic of all Snouters) protruding from its face; which are used for locomotion.
  • Inflatable tail: Its boneless hollow tail is both inflatable and dexterous, being primarily used for both manipulating food and communicating with others.
  • Arms are relatively long and slender.
  • Legs are severely atrophied.

Biological traits[edit | edit source]

  • Marsupial: Newborn Nasobemes are carried in a marsupial pouch located near the adult's throat.
  • Tentacular snouts
    • Controlled by extremely complex nasal musculature.
    • Rigid and durable, thanks to the torpor generated by the corpora spongiosa.
    • Highly-developed internal air passages create a sophisticated pneumatic system, giving it flexibility and resilience.
  • Expanded tear ducts are used for breathing.
  • Inflatable hollow tail
    • Prehensile: used to collect fruits from tree branches and bushes; as well as to grab branches and swing over obstacles or away from predators.
    • Can be inflated or deflated by gases produced by the animal's digestive metabolism; making it both lightweight and versatile.
  • Acute eyesight

Habitat[edit | edit source]

  • Island or coastal habitat: inhabits the forests of the Hy-yi-yi archipelago, in the Pacific Ocean.
    • Since the islands have been destroyed by atomic tests, it's likely that the species has become extinct.
    • It should be noted that this animal's earliest known mention in European literature comes from a 1905 poem by Christian Morgenstern, which predates the official discovery of the islands by 36 years: a fact that has puzzled researchers.

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

  • Herbivore: Specifically, they are frugivorous.
  • Social: Nasobemes live in small groups.
  • Diurnal: This species is mostly active during the day.
  • Docile and unafraid of humans.
  • Monogamous: They mate for life.
  • K-strategist: Nasobeme mothers will typically bear a single offspring per year.
  • Intelligent: Research proves that these creatures are capable of fairly advanced insight and reflection.

Morphs and subspecies[edit | edit source]

  • Greater Nasobeme (Nasobema lyricum)
  • Bluenosed Nasobeme (Nasobema aeolus)
  • Small Nasobeme (Stella matutina)
  • At least three other species (unnamed)

Related species[edit | edit source]

  • The Predatory Nasobeme (Tyrannonasus imperator) is a similar species that evolved from frugivorous to carnivorous and now preys on its fellow nose-walkers.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Featured in[edit | edit source]

  • Das Nasobēm, by Christian Morgenstern (1905)
  • Bau und Leben der Rhinogradentia, by Gerolf Steiner, a.k.a. "Harald Stümpke" (1957)
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