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The deaffae are one of two sentient species that inhabit a "super-Earth" extrasolar planet that is about twice the mass of earth in the Messier 24 star cloud, found in the constellation Sagittarius. The extrasolar planet, cataloged as IC 4715 SWEEPS-2078-68, which orbits around a G2 star very similar to our own sun. As the name suggests, the planet was the 68th extrasolar planet discovered by the Sagittus Window Eclipsing Extrasolar Planet Search during the year 2078.
The planet's atmosphere is primarily helium based, although it does contain large amounts of oxygen and nitrogen, it does not contain enough to sustain human life. The surface gravity is about 0.768 and the Axial tilt is nearly vertical at 87 degrees, giving it seasons similar to Uranus' (however, due to SWEEPS-2078-68's proximity to its' sun, the poles get around 16 years of continuous sunlight, followed by 16 years of continuous darkness).
The planet surface is covered almost entirely with oceanic fresh water and contains only one continent that is little smaller then Earths' Australia and numerous islands, mostly along the equatorial belt. One day lasts about 34.27 hours and one year lasts roughly 437 days. The planets' mean temperature is about 48 degrees Celsius (66 degrees Fahrenheit). The biospheres are contained mainly in the hydrosphere and mid to lower atmosphere.
General Physiology: The deaffae are tall, light and vaguely hominid in appearance. They are about 2 m (6.6 ft) tall and surprisingly weighs in between 9 to 15 kg (20 to 33 lbs) depending on gender. Like most organisms on SWEEPS-2078-68, the deaffae have 5 pairs of limbs (2 sets have been modified into wings) with 4 joints on each limb. Unlike most other organisms, the second pair of limbs (distinguished as the 'metalimb' when simply speaking of it, otherwise it is distinguished as 'inferior forelimb' or 'superior hindlimb' depending on its orientation. Very few species have true metalimbs.) have been modified into a delicate and dexterous set of arms.
Almost all organisms, deaffae included, have two each of ears, eyes, mouths (usually directly underneath the ears), reproductive organs and tails (although deaffae tails are fused together for the majority of its' length). Most organisms, as their anatomy is generally open circulatory, breathe through stomata that span their bodies in colored lines. All aerial (and many aquatic) fauna have a sensory organ on the top of their heads, used to detect currents, eddies and electromagnetic pulses in the air or water.
Like all organisms in the oder Xenopolydactylus, deafae have a different number of digits on each set of limbs. All deaffae have 4 digits on each of their superior forelimb, 6 digits on their inferior forelimb, 3 digits on their hindlimbs, 10 pteradigits on their superior wings and 1 functioning digit on their inferior wing.
There are three known species of deaffae; equatorial, temperate, and polar. Equatorial deaffae are thin and mostly blue in color - although the shades vary with the sexes, and some reach an almost green color -, with nearly ultraviolet colored stomata lines that cover the body. Temperate deaffae are stouter and more red in color, with orange stomata lines. Polar deaffae are the tallest and most variant in color - although generally pale -, ranging from lavender to powder blue to pink, with the darkest stomata lines, usually between dark blue, red and black.
Senses: Very little is known about deaffae senses, mostly due to their reluctance to be studied. However, it is known that they have a broader range of vision that includes ultraviolet and may also include infrared. Due to their long ears, it is suspected that they have hearing at least as acute as a dog's, although some speculate that it is more sensitive then that. Some also believe that the electrolocation aspect of the sensory organ on the top of the head is used in concurrence with hearing, however this has not been confirmed. Olfactory receptors have been confirmed to reside on the upper palate of the ear-like mouthes, mostly found near the outer tips. Their sense of taste and touch are both very acute.
General Anatomy: Very little is known about the internal anatomy due to a xenophobic reluctance to allow any alien - human or otherwise - to study the bodies of the deceased. However, a little about their internal functioning has been surmised by human scientists by studying other fauna (before that was banned by deaffae), namely the circulatory, skeletal and reproductive functions.
They have an open circulatory system similar to an insects' and virtually no true lungs, as respiration is performed by stomata. However, certain stomata appear to have special 'veins' that lead to two large abdominal air sacks. They have a relatively simple digestive system, however, they appear to expel unused matter through their tail. It is speculated that they have specially designed large stomata lining the lateral side of their tail to accomplish this task.
Their skeleton is composed mainly of silicon with trace amounts of iron and calcium. The bones of aerial organisms are hollow, similar to a birds'. Little else is known.
Their reproductive organs are located inside long appendages located on their heads, called cephalocauds. As with nearly all organisms - with a few notable exceptions - there are three distinct 'sexes'. For a lack of better ways to describe them, they are named protegesex, techensex and captaresex. These will be described later. What is known, however, is that all three sexes must be present for reproduction.
I have put way too much thought into this. So much, in fact that I will need the other drawing to describe the culture (including the sexes), language, life-cycle, ecology and technology.
Also, if you have read through all this, congratulations. Your prize is knowing what the wee beastie that's landing on the deaffae's hand is called, which is a sail-tailed papilionfae.