Gekko parasiticus, aka “Sucker Gecko”
The relationship between C. ferox and D. gigas is functional, but too simplistic. Any REAL ecosystem has multiple players, multiple strategies for survival. So I’m introducing Gekko parasiticus to add some flavor and complexity to this little food web I’ve created.
This “Sucker Gecko”, as I’ve decided to call it, will feed on a Dune Hopper, while simultaneously providing its host a natural protection against predation by releasing noxious fumes when it senses its host is frightened. So it’s a little more complicated than a standard parasite or symbiotic relationship, but I think this reflects the diversity found in pre-Collapse ecosystems.
Besides, I’ve always had a fondness for geckos.
Dr. Havva Koçak
Made some modifications to G. parasiticus in an attempt to balance out the parasitic/symbiotic relationship with its host. Should just take a few million generations to hone in on the optimal balance, but by next week I think I’ll have a sample to add to VB_001.