The Primary Producers in the estuary are the
plant-like organisms which photosynthesize and generate energy in
the estuary ecosystem. Primordia Photosynthia and other
Plankton found in the estuary environment are prominent
primary producers. The multicellular green algae-like
Asperdoma is very wide spread in Aridan estuaries. It is
commonly found covering rocks throughout the estuary's clear and
The free floating Heliotropus plant is also a
common primary producer found in the estuary. Its mixed green
and brown pigmentation is adapted to surviving in murkier estuary
waters. Heliotropus is a favorite food of Flapeelia.
Biforma biforma, or the Mud Foot, is the most
ubiquitous plant found in Aridan estuaries. It provides
excellent food and shelter for fish and other organisms. The
Mud Foot also functions as a Consumer, in that it "eats"
the insect-like creatures it catches in its false flower. The Mud
Foot also helps stabilize muddy substrates in the estuary.
Several species, including the Quick Fish and Salt Snails, munch on
the Mud Foot's foliage.
The Quick Fish and Salt Snails are the
most abundant Primary Consumer species found in Aridan estuaries.
Squat Jellies are found in the estuary as well. Quick
Fish constitute an enormous fish family whose members include both
fresh and salt water varieties. In the estuaries many Quick
Fish species are represented. Some spend their entire lives
within the estuary environment. Many others enter the
estuaries for spawning and reproductive purposes. There are
other Quick Fish species which migrate from the fresh water streams
to the ocean and back again. They, like the salmon species on
Earth, spawn in the fresh waters and return to the ocean for an
extended time, only to return again to the fresh waters to
eventually complete their life cycle.
Squat Jelly is a curious organism. As a true heterotroph, It feeds upon the
Plankton and also the small Flapeelia eel-like organism. Salt
Snails inhabit the estuary environment in impressive numbers.
The Salt Snails are similar to marine species on Earth except that
their shells have assumed a hexagonal rather than circular shape.
Salt Snails forage on Asperdoma and the Mud Foot plant. Salt
Snails are also scavengers, they will feed upon dead animals and
plants in the estuary. The Flapeelia
is a small eel-like creature endemic to the estuary
environment. It eats plankton in addition to its chief source
of food, the Heliotropus plant. Flapeelia hide amongst the
water plants' foliage from its primary prey species. Squat
Jellies, Quick Fish, and Sand Wedges feast upon the defenseless Flapeelia
The Sand Wedge reigns supreme as the top consumer
in the estuaries of Arida. Sand Wedges will eat most of
the animals found in the estuary waters. Their diet is chiefly
composed of Quick Fish, Squat Jellies, Salt Snails, Flapeelia. Like
other Wedge species, the Sand Wedge is extremely quick and can
capture and devour its prey in short order. Sand Wedges often
bury themselves in the sand and mud of the estuary bottom, then
strikes out at their prey as it swims near. Sand Wedges also forage through loose sands in search of
smaller more sedentary foods such as shelled animals and