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Mipa Ayewll, Mipa Ayioang—New Plants, New Animals
« on: August 01, 2019, 07:47:45 pm »
Mipa Ayewll, Mipa Ayioang—New Plants, New Animals
http://naviteri.org/2019/07/mipa-ayewll-mipa-ayioang-new-plants-new-animals/
31 July 2019

This post containing some new Pandoran plants and animals is based mostly on the diligent and excellent work of our own Txawey, who clearly devoted many hours to making this information easily available to the community. If I might quote what he wrote in his post to LearnNa’vi.org:

 “As some of you may know, I was recently in Mo’ara for a period on vacation with my family. While there, I downloaded the Play Disney app on a whim and found a game for Mo’ara while waiting in line. Said game had a decently large Pandorapedia, so I figured why not take a look at it! After I was finished, I found several new entries for things we didn’t have before. Since they were all on my phone, I took screenshots (over 200!) and figured why not type them up into a document, so here they are!”

Txawey’s 200+ screenshots, where you’ll be able to find pictures of all these flora and fauna, can be found here.

I’ll add some information on pronunciation and etymology, but the descriptions are taken from the Play Disney Pandorapedia, as typed up for us by Txawey. Ngeyä fìtìkangkemìri a kosman seiyi irayo nìtxan, ma tsmuk!

FLORA

fyìpmaut (n., FYÌP.ma.ut) ‘squid fruit tree’

This comes from fyìp+ mauti ‘fruit’

fyìp (n.) ‘tendril, tentacle’

NOTE: Although in careful pronunciation this word has three syllables, colloquially it’s usually pronounced with two: FYÌP.mawt

Taxonomy: Octocrus Folliculus
Anatomy: A massive jungle tree that produces a large seed-pod covered in spiny blue protrusions. The seed pod is also notable for its eight 60cm-long tentacle-like fruit stalks that grow from the bottom.
Ecology: A staple of the Na’vi diet, the fruit harvested from the squid fruit tree is very versatile and can be prepared in many ways.
Ethnobotany: Eaten raw, these tubular fruits have a consistency of a mid 20th-century Terran fruit snack and has a slightly salty rhubarb like taste. The fruit can also be cut into wheels and dried and cured into a portable fruit-leather that Na’vi travelers often take with them on long journeys.

koaktutral (n., ko.AK.tut.ral) ’goblin thistle’

Comes from koaktu ‘old person’ + utral ‘tree’

So named because of the hunched shape and stooped appearance of the tree. (NOTE: There’s a typo in the Disney Pandorapedia entry: the final l is missing. I’ll notify them and hopefully the error can be corrected.)

Taxonomy: Cobalus Carduus
Size: Growing up to 4m high, spread of 3.5-4m
Anatomy: Growing in a hunched shape and supported by prop roots and topped with passiflora, the stooped appearance of the goblin thistle is prevalent during the bioluminescence of the evening. Its leaves are a bluish color, and its trunk is twisted and a brownish-grayish color.
Ecology: The passiflora topped goblin tree grows in a hunched shape and is supported by propped roots. During the bioluminescence of the evening, the stooped appearance of the thistle is more pronounced.
Ethnobotany: There are at least 12 goblin thistles in Mo’ara.

lanutral (n., LA.nut.ral) ‘dandetiger’

Comes from lan+ utral

lan (n.) ‘resin’

Taxonomy: Candea Inflata
Size: 12-15m tall, slender trunk of 0.5-1m, crown of tree is 3.5-4.6m.
Anatomy: Large tree with inflated trunk, elaborate bark, and long, slender tubular leaves in a cluster at the crown. Produces abundant resin in the trunk, which accumulates in leaf tips. When resin builds up, leaf tips glow brightly, indicating that resin will be released.
Ecology: Serves important ecosystem function by absorbing atmospheric toxins, which combine with plant oils to produce resin.
Ethnobotany: Resin is collected for use as an adhesive by Na’vi.

paysyul (n., PAY.syul) ‘water lily’

Comes from pay ‘water’ + syulang ‘flower’

Taxonomy: Inrigo Lilliam
Anatomy: Large and multi-colored with bisected petals and a distended, vein pod like bulb/stigma. Can be found in standing and running fresh-water locations throughout Pandora.
Ecology: This lovely, freshwater flower has such an alluring scent and such a colorful array of petals that it’s a natural attractant for small river fauna. The Na’vi often string their woven nets underneath the flower in shallow waters to easily snare small fish.
Ethnobotany: After careful study, the Xenobiologists and Ethnobotanists from Earth witnessed the Na’vi using the inrigo lilliam as floating bait stations. Industrious adolescent Na’vi will go down to local lakes, rivers, and streams where the inrigo lilliam are found, dive into the waters with their tackle, and string woven nets underneath the shallow waters where the flower lie. With patience, these young Na’vi hunters are able to easily snare small fish and shellfish that come to feed off the aquatic root systems of the plant.

rumaut (n. RU.ma.ut) ‘cannonball fruit tree’

From rum ‘ball’ + mauti ‘fruit’

Note: Similarly to fyìpmaut, this word is colloquially pronounced RU.mawt. This tree is easily confused with the very similar-sounding rumut ‘puffball tree.’ The two trees are different.

Taxonomy: Ecdurus Putamen Pomus
Size: Fruit is roughly 70cm long
Anatomy: Deciduous, fruit-bearing tree in the Valley of Mo’ara. Its fruit has an ombre-coloring of yellow to orange to red to purple and is decidedly one of the most difficult fruits to eat on Pandora. The fruit from this tree is likened to the Terran coconut.
Ecology: When fully ripe, the cannonball fruit is a multi-colored pod that has an incredibly thick and tough outer husk. Na’vi harvesters will prepare their party for harvesting the cannonball fruit and begin the arduous task of cracking the outer husk to retrieve the succulent and sweet meat inside.
Ethnobotany: The Cannonball tree gets its name from the peculiar way the Na’vi interact with its titular fruit. The most common way of getting to the fruit is to climb to the highest height of the cannonball tree and launch the fruit from the highest branch. With the right velocity, the husk will crack and the Na’vi will be able to insert sharpened branches and crack open the shell to reveal the fruit inside.

tsawksyul (n., TSAWK.syul) ‘sun lily’

From tsawke ‘sun’ + syulang ‘flower’

Taxonomy: Stella Lilliam
Size: Flower up to 2m in height
Anatomy: Flower has primarily yellow petals, giving the opened flower a vaguely sun-like appearance. Other specimens have petals cut through with vibrant hues of magenta and cyan.
Ecology: A hearty multi-petalled bloom, this sun-loving flower is a common sight throughout the Valley of Mo’ara.
Ethnobotany: Ethnobotanists from Earth have found that this lovely flower (amongst other similar flora) is commonly used by Na’vi to create necklaces, rings, and other personal ornaments.

tumpasuk (n., TUM.pa.suk) ’celia fruit tree’

From tun ‘red-orange’ + pasuk ‘berry’

Note that while the primary stress is on the first syllable TUM, there’s secondary stress on PA. The stress pattern is the same as in the English word “strawberry.”

Taxonomy: Pampinus Bacca Acinum
Anatomy: Multi-trunked, deciduous tree with long, hanging vines from which grow massive seed pods.
Ecology: Squat, thick-trunked tree with multiple thick branches. It produces a 30cm long bulbous pod that holds a tendril-like strand of edible seeds/berries. A common food source for tetrapteron and prolemuris.
Ethnobotany: The Na’vi gather the seed berries by climbing into the trees, dangling upside-down from the branches and cutting the strand out of the pod from the inside. Another Na’vi will be under the pod on the ground and will catch the falling seed berry strand in a woven net to not damage the ripe fruit.

FAUNA

fyuatx (n., fyu.ATX) ‘anemonoid’

Size: Up to 2m in diameter
Anatomy: Invertebrate with small toxic tentacles for feeding. Bioluminescence in myriad of pastel colors.
Ecology: Small fish are attracted by bioluminescence into tentacles and eaten.

lortsyal (n., LOR.tsyal) ‘shimmyfly’

From lor ‘beautiful’ + tsyal ‘wing’

Size: Average size of up to 1m wingspan
Anatomy: Eight-winged insect with long antennae. Its body is built like Terran insects and divided into a head and thorax. The abdomen portion of the shimmyfly is constructed of two smaller vane-like hindwings and a long rudder-like tail.
Ecology: An iridescent and glimmering Pandoran version of the terran Lepidoptera (butterfly), this delicate creature gracefully flies through the Valley of Mo’ara on multiple glowing, almost crystalline wings.

nalutsa (n., na.LU.tsa)

Size: Average size of up to 40m long
Anatomy: Massive and armored with no visible dorsal fin, a single set of flippers and a long tail ending in jagged and flared flukes. A massive set of jaws that contain sword-length teeth for rending and tearing prey. Plated exoskeleton, not dissimilar to the shell of a turtle.
Ecology: A cousin of the more elusive and fierce akula, this six-gilled ocean behemoth can be seen leaping out of the near-shore waters. Birthing and parenting behaviors are not dissimilar to those of orca whales on Earth.

skuka (n., SKU.ka) ‘sagittaria’

Size: Average length of 1.2m
Anatomy: Cephalopod-like with 14 muscular tentacles, 10 radiating out from the underside of the body, primarily for locomotion, and four near the mouth for prey attraction and feeding. A large nautilus-like shell houses the body, which can retract fully for protection.
Ecology: A predator, this cephalopod-type creature has a hard exterior which is exposed to the air. Long tentacles float calmly in the water. The means of hunting prey, which mostly consists of small flying creatures, is highly specialized and unique.

srakat (n., SRA.kat). ‘dinicthoid’

Size: Up to 1m long
Anatomy: Semi-transparent body revealing spinal column and inner organs. Heavily armored with triangular, blade-like teeth.
Ecology: Voracious predator. Because of fierceness and thick armor composed of cartilage, it can feed on both smaller and larger fish. Can also feed on plant life, including fallen seeds and pods.

tsiki (n., TSI.ki) ‘reef tick’

Size: Average size of 60 cm
Anatomy: A multi-segmented underwater insect with four legs, two large main eyes, and two smaller eyes. This creature has smaller leg-like appendages near its mouth that act as feeding mandibles and are normally iridescent in color ranging in hues of bright metallic greens and blues.
Ecology: This bottom feeder, like the Terran moray eel to the great white shark, has a symbiotic relationship with the sagittaria. What scraps the sagittaria leaves from their own feeding, the reef tick will eat.


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Re: Mipa Ayewll, Mipa Ayioang—New Plants, New Animals
« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2019, 08:03:20 pm »
Txantsan :) :)

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Re: Mipa Ayewll, Mipa Ayioang—New Plants, New Animals
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