Zoostrology


B’huen scientists have developed a pseudo-science called ‘zoostrology.’  According to this system, creatures are classified according to twelve classes:

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Crevipupilae            (Reptile/Amphibian) 1-Crevipupilae-B From the kamori perspective, reptiles and lizards are the most beautiful, intelligent and dexterous of all creatures. Their zoostrological creature-class icon however, simply suggests a cleft pupil—a typical trait among this class. Some observers have remarked that the crevipupilae icon also bears some resemblance to the ‘spear of solis’—the permanent flares at the poles of B’hu’s sun, only that the latter are oriented in the vertical direction.


Folliculae                  (Mammal) 2-Folliculae-B This class is named after the one feature that most kamori find most fascinating about mammals: fur and hair.

 


Soaratidae                 (Bird) 3-Soaratidae-BThis class encompasses all soaring and flying creatures. 

 

 


Subaquiae                 (Fish) 4-Subaquiae-B From the term for ‘under water,’ this class includes all self-motile creatures that can live underwater. 

 


Polycarapaciae        (Insect)5-Polycarapaciae-B The name of this class suggests the segmented carapace that is the common feature of this extremely versatile group. In the advanced insects of B’hu, carapaces are not restricted to simple exoskeletons. Instead they can display flamboyant filamentary and diaphanous structures. Examples include the Fly-Fisher-Fly (Deuteropeshimorpha Filamentosa) and the Sparklefly (Zitterbug Varicolor) both insect-dominant creatures with sophisticated thread-like and fin-like appendages.


Chlorafloradae        (Plant) 6-Chlorafloradae-B Not all B’huen plants are green. It is not uncommon to find plants that are orange, purple, yellow, red, or other colors. Many B’huen plants are motile and can squirt, shoot, grasp, and even ambulate of their own accord—features that usually indicate the species in question contain ‘aspects’ of other creature classes. Fortunately, Valsi zoostrologers were aware of these complexities as well as the deep relationship between chlorophyll, Solis, and flowers. Thus the creature-class icon is reminiscent of a flower or a star, and the name includes the root ‘chlor’ for chlorophyll.


Mucosidiae               (All slimy and/or venomous creatures) 7-Mucosidiae-B This term exemplifies the difference between Valsi zoostrology and biostrology and Earthly biology; the zoostrological system lumps together what Earthly biologists would consider to be different taxonomical categories. To the kamori, the Mucosidiae class includes all things slimy, be they of soil, sea, or sky, as well as all things that have venom.  


Spongisporidae       (Fungus) 8-Spongisporidae-B It is somewhat surprising that biostrologers chose this rather unexciting name for such a dynamic and varied B’huen life form class.

 


Vermiformidae       (Worm, legless salamander, hagfish and eel)

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Note: Coincidentally, the root for this term resembles that of the now abandoned classification ‘vermes’ of Earthly biologist Carolus Linnaeus.


Lumiphoridae          (Light-emitting)10-Lumiphoridae-B A combination of ‘luminous’ and ‘phosphorescent’ the Lumiphoridae class is indicated in all creatures that emit light by glowing, flashing, scintillating, or combinations thereof. The Lumiphoridae class does not include creatures able to emit sparks or flames, which are classed as either Arcanigmadae or Zenoformidae, depending on their exact characteristics.  


Arcanigmadae          (Unknown, seemingly magical)

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This name of this creature-class suggests ‘arcane’ and ‘enigmatic.’ Most creatures in this class remain unexplained by kamori science. Some biostrologers consider Arcanigmatids to be downright magical. Examples include the Willowisp Moth (Luminoptera Fantasmagorica)—a methane-emitting insectoid, relative of the Water Jet Fart-Skeetle (Rapidoterygo Flatusnoulli var Surfosa). When alarmed, the Willowisp creates luminous, ghost-like emanations that startle and distract predators. The emanations are, in fact, flammable, methane-based turbulent gas emissions whose chemical composition includes a unique, delayed-ignition compound.


Zenoformidae          (Outlandish, unclassifiable life form type)12-Zenoformidae-B

This creature-class takes Arcanigmadae one step further. The Zenoformidae class includes all creatures that have utterly perplexing and unclassifiable morphology. Examples include the Seemingly Intelligent Vapors of the Valsiboran eastern swamplands (Zenoformidae Vaporosi Cognipotenti) and the Rubber-Bumble Jumper Slug of the Rainforest Lowlands (Zenoformidae Bulbousa Interslimifera). The former is a corona discharge effect controlled by the barely visible filamentary hairs of an electric ground worm. The latter is a small slug that encases itself in a natural latex balloon and can be easily confused as a translucent, self-actuated, semi-intelligent, bouncing ball.