MEET THE WORLD OF ANIMOZ SPECIES

The World of ANiMOZ is full of amazing animals with incredible Powers, and part of your job as a Ranger is to know each of the critters in your ANiOME. Without knowing what threatens them, how can you protect them? Without understanding their Powers and what they can overcome, you won't know the best moments in the Ultimate Ranger Gameplay to let them shine!

Read below to learn more about each of these stunning species, with new ones added regularly - so keep checking back!

The World of ANiMOZ is full of amazing animals with incredible Powers, and part of your job as a Ranger is to know each of the critters in your ANiOME. Without knowing what threatens them, how can you protect them? Without understanding their Powers and what they can overcome, you won't know the best moments in the Ultimate Ranger Gameplay to let them shine!

Read below to learn more about each of these stunning species, with new ones added regularly - so keep checking back!

ACANTHA

“From flowering plant to the bark of a tree, ACANTHA is careful not to be caught too long in the open. For in the open, where the Wing species fly, lies danger. Using Mimic, he can confuse them by the startling presence of eyespots on his wings. But predators are not his major concern: Humans are poisoning the crops ACANTHA calls home! The nectar that once sustained him now greets him with death. And if they’re not being poisoned, the fields often disappear under buildings! ACANTHA can help a Ranger in floods and droughts, and as a BASE species is a critical part of your ecosystem. But beware - he is small and Rare, and may need early protection.”

ANiMOZ #404

Code: ACANTHA

Common name: Eastern ringed xenica

Taxonomy: Geitoneura acantha

Powers: Mimic | Morph

Weaknesses: Poison | OMNi

Level: BASE | Form: POLLINATOR | Status: RARE | BiOME: SCRUB + Coast

Overcomes: Flood | Drought

Size: 4cm | <1gm

Notes: Eats nectar | Diurnal | Found across South Eastern Australia

The Eastern ringed xenica (Geitonerua acantha) is ACANTHA - a Base species with a wingspan of 4cm, weighing less than 1gm! Her length may be increased by tails on her hind wings. Before their Morph power begins, they exist as caterpillars that feed on grass and leaves. Once morphed, they find flowers rich in nectar and - importantly for a Ranger’s ecosystem - they are a Pollinator form. To find a wild ACANTHA you’ll need to look in the scrubland of south eastern Australia during summer and autumn. But as a Rare ANiMOZ species, finding one will take a skilled Ranger with a bit of luck on their side!

ACU

“A specialised snout pokes out from a burrow. It is dawn, and with the heat not far away ACU must venture out now to find her favourite food: a mound of UST. She mustn’t be caught in the heat - without sweat glands, there is no way to keep her body cool. But she does have Powers to help her survive: ACU’s Electreception gives her a clear sense of surroundings and prey; Her claws, as sharp as knives, help her demolish termite mounds and to burrow with rapid speed to protect the soft belly; She can swim and slow her heartrate to survive floods; She can deal with high levels of carbon dioxide and a lack of oxygen underground and during bushfires; She can turn into a bristling ball of spikes to avoid predation from above. But puggles have no spikes, and if MENGDEN discovers the burrow whilst mum is away then danger is nigh...”

ANiMOZ #100

Code: ACU

Common name: Short-beaked echidna

Taxonomy: Tachyglossus aculeatus

Level: CARN | Form: DEFEND | Status: COMMON | BiOME: SCRUB + Forest

Overcomes: Fire | Flood | Drought

Powers: Electreception | WiNG

Weaknesses: SPEED | Heat

Size: 45cm | 7kg

Notes: Eats UST | Diurnal/Crepuscular | Found across Australia

The Short-beaked echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus) is ACU - a Carn species found across Australia. Able to defend himself, and survive fires, floods and droughts, ACU is a strong, common species that many Rangers will find important in protecting and building their ecosystems as he is a WILDCARD species! He grows up to almost half a metre long, and can weigh 7kg! Their young are called puggles, and are laid in eggs despite being mammals: that makes ACU one of just two existing Australian monotremes.

ANATi

“Electrical currents coming from the riverbed tell ANATi that ENSiS is nearby. With his webbed feet providing force against the water, he dives and swims just above the soil, beak moving back and forth. He has left his den, the entrance half-submerged in the flowing waters, which angles upwards to keep his home dry. He has confidence in being out in the open: he’s too big for most of the predators here, and his venomous spur can keep some of the others at bay. Still, he is shy. And any movement above sends him hurtling back under the surface: there’s really no point risking exposure to AUDAX or STREN! Spying DESTRUCTOR crawling out of a hole, ANATi arrows across, beak shimmering in the dappled light...”

ANiMOZ #106

Code: ANATi

Common name: Platypus

Taxonomy: Ornithorhynchus anatinus

Level: CARN | Form: DEFEND | Status: RARE

BiOME: RIVER + Forest + Mountain

Overcomes: Fire | Flood

Powers: VENOM | ELECTROLOCATE

Weaknesses: CONSTRICTION | VENOM

Size: 50cm | 2kg

Notes: Eats DESTRUCTOR/ENSiS | Found in Eastern Australia

The Platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) is ANATi - a CARN species found amongst the shallow waterways of Eastern Australia and Tasmania. Rangers will value her ability to defend herself from predators, and in a Clash her broad BiOME range comes in handy! But whilst males have Venom power from a spur on the hind foot, ANATi is also in danger from venomous predators like RiACU. Active at any time, ANATi can be seen in rivers and streams by Rangers that tread lightly and avoid startling her. But she is shy, and only a lucky few get to see her in the wild. Along with ACU, she is one of two Australian monotremes.

MORE SPECIES PROFILES STILL TO COME, SO STAY TUNED RANGER!