Southern Leafstar

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Taxonomy
Ancestors and Descendants
Ancestor: Leafstar
Descendants: Rooted Leafstars

With the rise of the South Polar Photosagnia, leafstars that floated to the south were able to survive off of them. Developing a darker pigment to deal with the lower light levels, the southern leafstar is a whole lot like its ancestor—essentially being a leaf—except that its bait cells have transformed into “roots”. They are only gathered in one area, have become cellularized, and grow very long, allowing it to catch and consume lots of microbes and bits of dead organisms that float through the water. It is otherwise similar to its ancestor; it photosynthesizes with symbiotic algae cells contained within its cells, and it is capable of swimming to correct its orientation if it were to be knocked over.