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Benthodon
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Names
Titles Deep Sea Wyvern
Nicknames Ben
General Info
Species Leviathan
Habitats Deserted Island
Size Large
Relatives None
Signature Move Reach-and-snap, Water bombs
Elements Element Water Water
Ailments Element Water Waterblight
Weaknesses Element Fire Fire
Element Thunder Thunder
Creator User:MonsterHunterFlacko

Benthodon is a Leviathan.

Physiology

Benthodon is an unusual looking Leviathan. It has black skin with a pale yellow belly and a dark yellow stripe along its back. Its most notable feature is its large mouth, which is filled with long sharp teeth and is about as large as its body. It has a noticeable underbite, with the Leviathan's lower jaw extending slightly past its upper jaw. The pouch-like lower jaw is similar to that of a pelican or a gulper eel and is loosely hinged at the base of the head, with no body mass behind it. This makes the head look disproportionately large. There are a couple of barbels located underneath the lower jaw. Benthodon also has a long, whip-like tail, with the tip of the tail shaped like a small fish with a single dorsal and pectoral fin and eyespots.

When enraged, yellow bioluminescent spots will appear on Benthodon's body.

Abilities

Thanks to the unique morphology of its jaws, Benthodon can swallow prey as large as a Gargwa or a Popo whole. Its skin and stomach are elastic, allowing it to stretch out and fit large prey in its gut. This also grants them an extendable neck, akin to a Khezu, allowing them to ambush prey from a distance. There are several bioluminescent spots on its body that glow to attract prey or act as warning colors to predators. They are also capable of spitting watery globules in a manner similar to a Yian Kut-ku lobbing its fireballs.

Behavior

Not much is known about Benthodon's behavior, as they are incredibly rare. In fact, no one even know these Leviathans existed until a dead one washed up on shore. What is known as that they are born in shallow water, occasionally traveling to land. It is not until they reach adulthood is when they travel to the bottom of the ocean where they live out the majority of their lives. Adults only come on land to mate and lay eggs.

Habitat

Benthodon has only been encountered in the Deserted Island. They mostly live in the deep sea, so it is possible they could appear in areas that are close to the ocean.

Ecology

Information

These Leviathans prefer to live deep down in the ocean, where light is scarce. They produce their own light via bioluminescent organs in their skin. Benthodon are known for their freakishly large jaws, which allows them to swallow prey as large as a Gargwa whole.

Taxonomy

  • Order: Leviathan
  • Suborder: Sea Wyvern
  • Infraorder: Abyssal Wyvern
  • Family: Benthodon

Benthodon are a rare species of Leviathan. Leviathans are include Lagiacrus, Agnaktor, Royal Lydroth, and Mizutsune.

Habitat Range

So far, Benthodon have only been reported in the New World Deserted Island.

Ecological Niche

Benthodon live in deep sea, so it isn't assumed that they feed on other deep sea creatures. Once they come onto land, they have to deal with other predators such as Rathalos, Lagiacrus, Rathian, Plesioth, Gobul, Nargacuga, Malfestio, Tetsucabra, Brachydios, and Deviljho.

Biological Adaptations

Benthodon's most notable feature is its large mouth, which is filled with long sharp teeth and is about as large as its body. can swallow prey as large as a Gargwa or a Popo whole. Its skin and stomach are elastic, allowing it to stretch out and fit large prey in its gut. This also grants them an extendable neck, akin to a Khezu, allowing them to ambush prey from a distance. Benthodon possess both lungs and gills, allowing it survive on land and in water. The bioluminescent spots give a yellow light when active. The fish-shaped lure on its tail, in combination with its bioluminescence, serves to attract unsuspecting prey. Once prey comes close enough, Benthodon strikes, swallowing the prey almost instantly. When the Leviathan gulps its prey into its massive jaws, it also takes in a large amount of water, which is then either stored in a bladder-like organ or is simply ejected through its mouth. The stored water is slowly secreted through its skin once it comes on land to keep its skin moist.

Behavior

Since Benthodon are particularly rare, not much is known about their behavior. In fact, no one even know these Leviathans existed until a carcass washed up on shore. What is known as that they are born in shallow water, occasionally traveling to land. It is not until they reach adulthood is when they travel to the bottom of the ocean where they live out the majority of their lives. Adults only come on land to mate and lay eggs. Once they reach land they are known to be aggressive like many other monsters.

Notes

  • Benthodon is based off the pelican eel.
  • Its head can be broken twice and its tail can be cut off.
  • Benthodon's roar requires Earplugs to block.

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