Creature Name: Beetom (bee tome)
Height: 1 m
Mass: 55 kg
Beetoms are one of the most vicious species on Zebes. Although appearing mild-mannered, they are actually extremely aggressive and effective hunters. Hidden under their extremely hard carapace is a pair of long legs. These legs allow them to catapult themselves onto their prey. They latch onto their target and drain their life-energy, which is the Beetom's sole source of food.
Beetoms main mode of locomotion is a pair of gripping organs underneath their shell. The Beetom's body is divided into 2 segments, each with one gripping organ. By alternating gripping and releasing the ground and extending and retracting the segments, they can move along the ground at a surprisingly high speed. The gripping organs are not particularly strong; Beetoms are incapable of climbing up walls and must remain on small slopes or on level ground. This does not prevent them burrowing, and Beetoms have been found in small holes in the ground and even inside weak walls.
The Beetom has a single eye, but the eye has multiple focal points that act as separate eyes, allowing them to judge distances with high accuracy. Their vision appears to be mostly oriented towards detecting motion and seeing angles, and different portions of the brain handle these two activities. In practical sense, navigation and hunting are separate activities in the Beetom brain. In hunting mode, the terrain becomes unimportant and all that matters is latching onto their prey. The gripping organs then come into play, latching onto the prey so hard the Beetom can't even be removed if the Beetom is killed, it will only release its hold when its prey is dead. Indications are the gripping organs have evolved to be extremely effective at gripping prey at the expense of gripping the ground. The Beetom armor is incredibly tough; few creatures are strong enough, or foolish enough, to attack a Beetom.Beetoms appear to have set aside small, isolated rooms for breeding. Beetoms are hermaphrodites; they have a single gender and when a pair breeds they exchange gametes. This leads to rapid replenishing of the population. Breeding rooms are given wide berth by other species on Zebes, as there are always a large number of Beetoms in such rooms and even the strongest species on Zebes would have a hard time getting out of such a room alive.