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Cactoida

A proud specimen of Cactoida Cortexum – Teal. Image courtesy of Cmdr. Arras DeCairo

Photosynthetic organisms that have adapted to extreme conditions by reducing their surface area to volume ratio, thereby protecting more sensitive tissues from exposure. The outer layer is formed from specialised light-transmitting cells. These are filled with an insulating hydrophobic layer, which helps to maintain core temperature and liquid retention. Deep, extensive root structures hold the organisms in place, and facilitate the extraction of trace minerals. Some Cactoida Species feature explosive seed distribution as a method of reproduction.

Cactoida seem to favour flat or slightly undulating terrain, with the exception of Peperatis which appears to be a hill and low mountainside-loving Species

Variant Determinant: Stellar Class

Stellar Class and Variant 

Stellar ClassOBAFGKMLTTTSAeYWDN
VariantGy GrYeTe AmMvOrRe OcInTuSg

Planetary Body Type: High Metal Content or Rocky
Atmosphere: Ammonia, Carbon Dioxide or Water
Gravity: Less than 0.29G

Minimum Colonial Separation: 300m

Species

Species NamePercentage of recorded Cactoida PopulationVista Genomics Offer Price as at 30th November 3099
Cactoida Cortexum24.81%3,667,600
Cactoida Lapis37.09%2,483,600
Cactoida Peperatis14.29%2,483,600
Cactoida Pullulanta10.44%3,667,600
Cactoida Vermis13.37%  16,202,800

Cactoida Cortexum

Cactoida Cortexum – Mauve. Image courtesy of Cmdr. Beldum

A Species of Cactoida that can reach over three metres in height. They are composed of multiple growths that sprout sealed pods at their peaks, which open up to distribute seeds.


Planetary Body Type: High Metal Content (21%) or Rocky (79%)
Atmosphere: Carbon Dioxide
Volcanism: None


Temperature (Kelvin)

MinimumAverageModeMaximum
158.67185.79181.00195.38


Pressure (atm)

MinimumAverageModeMaximum
0.0012160.0623440.0541490.09868


Gravity (G) 

MinimumAverageModeMaximum
0.040.180.180.27

Galactic Arm Preference: Orion-Cygnus Arm including Odin’s Hold and Galactic Centre

Cactoida Lapis

Cactoida Lapis – Teal.  Image courtesy of Cmdr. Arras DeCairo

This Species of Cactoida appears as a squat growth with a latticed upper surface, which eventually produces a cluster of seed pods.

Planetary Body Type: High Metal Content (28%) or Rocky (72%)
Atmosphere: Ammonia
Volcanism: Insignificant


Temperature (Kelvin)

MinimumAverageModeMaximum
160.00168.08174.00187.50


Pressure (atm)

MinimumAverageModeMaximum
0.0009870.0022090.0011890.059158


Gravity (G)

MinimumAverageModeMaximum
0.040.180.140.28

Galactic Arm Preference: Orion-Cygnus Arm and Sagittarius-Carina Arm including Odin’s Hold and Galactic Centre

Cactoida Peperatis

Cactoida Peperatis – Green.  Image courtesy of Cmdr. Alex Enachioaie

This Cactoida Species appears as a swollen five-sided growth, reaching over two metres high and topped with an intersected crown.

Planetary Body Type: High Metal Content (19%) or Rocky (81%)
Atmosphere: Ammonia
Volcanism: Insignificant


Temperature (Kelvin)

MinimumAverageModeMaximum
160.00168.14171.00185.65


Pressure (atm)

MinimumAverageModeMaximum
0.0009870.0022380.0010410.042596


Gravity (G)

MinimumAverageModeMaximum
0.040.170.140.28

Galactic Arm Preference: Scutum-Centaurus Arm including Odin’s Hold and Galactic Centre

Cactoida Pullulanta

Cactoida Pullulanta – Green.  Image courtesy of Cmdr. Dr Strange

This Species of Cactoida has a globular base, from which extend vertical cylinders that can reach over four metres. Rounded pods grow in clusters along the cylinders, which break open to scatter seeds.

Planetary Body Type: High Metal Content (23%) or Rocky (77%)
Atmosphere: Carbon Dioxide
Volcanism: None


Temperature (Kelvin)

MinimumAverageModeMaximum
180.00185.98181.00195.39


Pressure (atm)

MinimumAverageModeMaximum
0.0257640.0628630.0398680.098676


Gravity (G)

MinimumAverageModeMaximum
0.040.180.200.27

Galactic Arm Preference: Perseus Arm including Ryker’s Hope and Galactic Centre

Cactoida Vermis

Cactoida Vermis – Teal.  Image courtesy of Cmdr. Alex Enachioaie

This Cactoida Species appears as a tall collection of cylinders linked by an undulating membrane and topped with a spiky crown. They often have a spiny life-form attached that is thought to form a symbiotic relationship with the larger organism, although the nature of this is not understood.

Planetary Body Type: High Metal Content (28%) or Rocky (72%)
Atmosphere: Water
Volcanism: Insignificant


Temperature (Kelvin)

MinimumAverageModeMaximum
160.04424.27438.00449.99


Pressure (atm)

MinimumAverageModeMaximum
0.0011190.0823220.0796270.098691


Gravity (G)

MinimumAverageModeMaximum
0.040.050.050.27

Galactic Arm Preference: No Preference

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