|Average height||Up to three feet|
|Tail length||Up to 4 yards when fully inflated|
|Location / range||Hy-yi-yi Islands|
|Social unit||Small groups|
|Population status||Extinct (?)|
|Danger rating||Minimal threat|
|Subspecies||Greater Nasobeme (Nasobema lyricum)|
Bluenosed Nasobeme (Nasobema aeolus)
3 other species (unnamed)
|Related species||Small Nasobeme (Stella matutina)|
Predatory Nasobeme (Tyrannonasus imperator)
The Nasobeme is a small-sized mammal with two pairs of long, tentacle-like noses (an organ known as nasarium) protruding from its face; which are used for locomotion. As such, its hind legs are deeply atrophied, whilst the slender arms and boneless tail have all became long and dexterous, used for manipulation and communication purposes.
The Nasobeme's four snouts are controlled by extremely complex nasal musculature. Since the noses are used for walking, the creature's tear ducts have expanded and taken up the respiratory function from the nostrils. The Nasobeme is a small, gregarious herbivore and possesses keen senses. Its large black eyes might be suitable for night vision, although the species appears to be mostly diurnal. Newborn Nasobemes are carried around in a marsupial-like pouch placed near the adult's throat.
The noses of the Nasobeme are rendered suitable for walking by two structural adaptations: the great torpor generated by the corpora spongiosa, which makes it rigid and durable; and the highly developed internal air passages which create a sophisticated pneumatic system, giving it flexibility and resilience.
The tail is almost as weird and developed as the noses: it is an extendable, hollow structure with a high degree of mobility and flexibility, and is used for gathering fruits from trees and high bushes. The tail is inflated or deflated by gases produced by the animal's digestive metabolism, which can be drawn in or out of the tail's internal cavity: this system allows for mobility while at the same time reducing the weight of the tail. As it turns out, the Nasobeme's tail is also prehensile and can be used to grab branches and swing over obstacles or away from predators.
Nasobemes live in groups and are usually docile and unafraid of humans, as their only natural predators are the related predatory snouters of the Tyrannonasus genus. Nasobemes are monogamous and bears one offspring a year. They are also fairly intelligent, capable of insight and reflection.
Evolution and PhylogenyEdit
Nasobemes belong to the Polyrrhine (multi-snouted) group of Snouters, which diverged from the single-snouted lineage back during the Cretaceous period. As early snouters were all insectivorous, as are most extant species, it is believed that the Nasobeme evolved frugivorous habits secondarily.
Before the destruction of the Hy-yi-yi islands there were five recognized species in the Nasobeme genus; including the Greater Nasobeme (Nasobema lyricum) and the briefly mentioned Bluenosed Nasobeme (Nasobema aeolus). Additionally, there are two related species: the Small Nasobemes (Stella matutina), which are distinguished from other Nasobemes by their small size and muscular mechanisms of the tail; and the deadly Predatory Nasobeme (Tyrannonasus imperator) which evolved from frugivorous to carnivorous and now preys on its fellow nose-walkers.
- Form and life of the Rhinogradentia, by Gerolf Steiner (as "Harald Stümpke")
- The Nasobeme, by Christian Morgenstern