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The Lazzuxei are one of the dominant species of Zenerth. They are similar to the Terran Meganeura monyi but are bigger and more intelligent. They are a Mid Embryonic Civilization in the Kardashev Scale.

General description

Lazzuxei are heavy-bodied, strong-flying arthropods that hold their wings horizontally both in flight and at rest. They are very similar to the Terran Meganeura monyi. Members of this species have a carapace that protects them from extreme temperatures. They also have several different skin colors, generally differing by where they live.

An adult Lazzuxei has three distinct segments, the head, thorax, and abdomen as in all insects. It has a chitinous exoskeleton of hard plates held together with flexible membranes. The head is large with very short antennae. It is dominated by the two compound eyes, which cover most of its surface. The compound eyes are made up of ommatidia. The facets facing downward tend to be smaller. They provide complete vision in the frontal hemisphere of the Lazzuxei. The mouthparts are adapted for biting with a toothed jaw; the flap-like labrum, at the front of the mouth, can be shot rapidly forward to catch prey. The head has a system for locking it in place that consists of muscles and small hairs on the back of the head that grip structures on the front of the first thoracic segment.

The abdomen is long and slender and consists of 10 segments. There are three-terminal appendages on segment 10; a pair of superiors (claspers) and an inferior. The second and third segments are enlarged, and in males, on the underside of the second segment has a cleft, forming the secondary genitalia consist of the lamina, hamule, genital lobe, and penis. Sperm is produced in the 9th segment and is transferred to the secondary genitalia before mating. The male holds the female behind the head using a pair of claspers on the terminal segment. In females, the genital opening is on the underside of the eighth segment and is covered by an ovipositor. They use it to puncture soft tissues of plants and place the eggs singly in each puncture they made.

The first instar is known as a prolarva, a relatively inactive stage from which it quickly molts into the more active nymphal form. The general body plan is similar to that of an adult, but the nymph lacks wings and reproductive organs. The lower jaw has a huge, extensible labium, armed with hooks and spines, which is used for catching prey. This labium is folded under the body at rest and struck out at great speed by hydraulic pressure created by the abdominal muscles. Lazzuxei nymphs have internal gills, located around the fourth and fifth abdominal segments. Water is pumped in and out of the abdomen through an opening at the tip. The naiads of some clubtails that burrow into the sediment, have a snorkel-like tube at the end of the abdomen enabling them to draw in clean water while they are buried in mud. Naiads can forcefully expel a jet of water to propel themselves with great rapidity.

Behavior

Members of this species are very aggressive and territorial. They also are very traditional. They worship Zyndia, their goddess. Their religion says that they are blessed by her and need to purge any impure species that threaten their existence, in this case, the Ujarak.

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