Honeysucker (Potator panthiaminus)


Here we are on the shores of Lake l'Ambique, where squat mixomorphs contrast pleasingly with graceful palmsails. The palmsail (Amnesialata Blansjarii) has nectar glands in its crown, secreting a nutritious sugar- and alcohol-based jelly, which is apparently considered a delicacy by a variety of animals. The luminous insectoid 'stayways' shown here feed on this nectar. Stayway colonies build their nests in or near the tree. Stayways can deliver a sharp sting, capable of driving off most would-be gelatophages. The greater honeysucker (the animal clinging to the tree trunk) is a typical tree dweller. It does not only eat nectar, but larval stayways as well, if given half a chance. Its armoured skin renders it immune to the aura's attacks. The stayways' stinging tendencies detract somewhat from the restful atmosphere of Lake l'Ambique. Still, provided a visitor does not climb a palmsail tree, sit on one, or make loud noises near one, he will come to no great harm. The pustules heal in eight to twelve weeks, sometimes without leaving scars.

Lake l'Ambique lies in Imparia Orientalis, north of the Mare Triumvir. Nyoroge related (Early Years, 30th edition, pp.78-79) that Benjamin Blansjaar, who studied this biotope, was stung many times by the stayways. The species' name chosen by Blansjaar, 'amnesialata', means 'bringer of forgetfulness', which contrasts strongly with the probably vivid memories he must have had of invesigating the plant.

Habitat: temperate to warm forests of high humidity.
Distribution: Eastern half of Eastern Continent.
Mass: 5-8 kg
Length: 110 cm (tail included)

sucker silhouet