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Name: Arakasti
Common Names: Clicker, Scythetail, Spring-heeled Leaper

The Arakasti is a very successful species, members of it being found in areas ranging from the lush
Marrukarra Highlands (such as these specimens) to the harsh Felvar desert. This may be due to their omnivorous diet, although they prefer flesh,low calorie consumption, and their efficient digestive system.

The Arakasti is an interesting species to biologists, due to the fact that it resembles many birds
and reptiles, yet it is an insect. Very few theories exist on why this has occured, and those few
theories mainly consist of silly stories and anti-government conspiracies.

Male and female Arakasti can be told apart due to a few features. The males sport a large exoskeletal
fin on their heads which bear a bright orange spot, which is used for mating and claiming pack territory. Exclusive to the male side as well is the fearsome weapon which earns this species the nickname 'Scythetail'. Ranging from a foot long to three, the tailblade is a multipurpose tool that the Arakasti uses to eviscerate foes, clear brush, and gather nest materials. The females bear less noticable features to protect them and their nests. They bear dual fins on their heads that bear no colouring. They also do not have a tailblade, but they make up for this lack of offense by having much thicker armor then that of the males.

Packs of Arakasti range in size from four members on average to twenty or more members, depending on the enviroment they reside in. The social ladder in these packs are always very organized. One or two dominant Alpha males, depending on herd size, rule over and mate with their packs. Lesser male members serve as scouts and watchmen, and must submit to the leaders when nescessary. When food is required, 75% of males will join the hunting party, the Alpha included.

An average Arakasti female will usually lay one or two clutches of eggs during mating season. These clutches consits of two to four eggs, in which two or three are expected to yield hatchlings. Once all the successful eggs have hatched the mother will eat all the dud eggs, and then regurgitate them to their young.

Arakasti are not fully developed until three years if they are male, and two if they are female. In the
first year the males begin to sprout their skullfin and a stub where their tailblade will be. By the second year's end they are normally half the size of adults, but still havent fully developed their features. After three year the Arakasti will be fully developed, and will either leave their pack to find or make a new one, or it will remain in its original pack and try to gain dominance. The females have a much more simple development. After their first year they begin to sprout their cranial fins, and their armor starts to thicken. After the second year they are fully developed physically and sexually.

Arakasti generally stay away from humans, but have been known to cause problems for them. They have a tendancy to kill stray livestock and the more problematic habit of cutting ropes, tethers and straps with their tailblades. This has been noted to have taken down radio towers and bridges on occasion, so humans attempt to discourage their nesting near inhabited areas and the like.