The World Of Khoras - Fauna and Flora - Fauna - Aquatic

Sun Fish

Other Names None
Climate/Terrain Temperate to tropical rivers and coasts
Frequency Common
Organization Group
Activity Cycle

Any

Diet Herbivore

Physical Description

The tropical sun fish is brightly colored and has a long streak of transparent scales on either side of its eighteen inch body. The flesh underneath these transparent scales will sometimes glow.

Combat

The sun fish prefers to run rather than fight, especially if faced with a serious threat. To escape, the sun fish uses an unusual tactic. It generates an extremely bright flash from its transparent scales, temporarily blinding opponents, and flees.

Geographic Distribution and Habitat

The sunfish prefers warm, tropical salt waters, near shore, in shallow clear water. It is commonly found along all the coastlines of the Sea of Chaos and the Pirate Isles.

Ecology

The spongy clear flesh underneath the transparent scales is able to chemically generate light. The sun fish uses this bioluminescence to communicate with other sun fish. They are able to generate different colors in complex patterns. Some scholars believe that the sun fish may have a repetoire of concepts it can communicate to other sunfish. It also can illuminate its surroundings to see better. And, as mentioned above, the sun fish can produce a single blinding flash of light as a defensive measure. However, this seems to deplete some reservoir of stored chemical energy. After generating one defensive flash, the sunfish requires several minutes before it can generate another.

Notes

The sun fish is edible and a common dish throughout the south. Sun fish is a flaky, orange meat with a salty flavor.

The light generating tissue of this species is a useful alchemical ingredient and material component. It is a required component in several magical potions and spells, especially those whose effects involve light or illusion.

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