Airlrhil

Airlrhil

(aihrl-rihl)

Biological Information

Sz: 15-25 cm. | 6-10″
Wt: .4-1.8 kg. | 1-4 lbs. (w/o lava)
Loc: Parallelium
Tpt: Skittish
Prd: Daekoiz, PekataroPoria

References
  1. Survey: Effects of Plains Living
  2. Expedition Addendum: Pekataro
  3. Harvesting Airlrhil Pouches
  4. Report: Aganeihat Mortality

What few pori live outside cities or find themselves outside cities due to work have been known to consume airlrhil for sustenance. The mixture is less nutritious than real molten material but more so than rocks or mineral deposits.1 Wide swaths of city-dwelling pori view un-punctured pouches that have been separated from live airlrhil as a delicacy.3

The name originates from Jibhaga meaning “steam eyes” and is a reference to the excess gas emanating from their eye stalks as they feed over steam vents. 

The most notable characteristic on the six-legged crustaceans are the spherical pouch on their back. As they consume steam from vents, minerals are heated by enzymes on the interior of the pouch to produce a substance similar to lava while the pouch remains relatively cool on the exterior.3 This substance is the reason the species can be preyed upon by Deakoiz and pori, though the Pekataro will instead devour the legs of full-grown adults.4

It is currently unknown how the airlrhil reproduce, whether they produce eggs or live birth, and nearly all details of the reproductive cycle – whether it is sexual or asexual, its length, and whether or not the crabs have genders. The airlrhil spends most of its 2-year lifespan looking for steam vents across Poria-Space, and scuttling away from vents guarded by predators.3