Malacologists of New Duibbiyat
The Malacologists were a lightly to moderately rianthed nearbaseline association of malacophiles who lived in several of the New Duibbiyat habitats during late ComEmp and early Re-Evaluation periods.

Some devoted their time to provolving terragen molluscs, using technology acquired from TRHN neurozoologists. Exotic tropical forms were particularily encouraged. The Malacologists were forced to disband when a band of provolved Harpidae (Harpa superior) and Conidae (Conus sapiens) that had somehow failed their social conditioning hijacked a food transport, and in an effort to escape a pursuing spaceguard cutter, crashed into a nearby habitat. Fortunately, a serious blowout was avoided by heavy duty utility foglets, and all casualties on both on the transport and in the habitat were restored from backups and copies. Both the Malacologists and most of the molluscs migrated to the Utopia Sphere dysons Wallace and Wilson. Some others spread elsewhere, and a few went on to establish long-ranging clades and Houses in the Utopia Sphere, Terran Federation, and Zoeific Biopolity.
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Text by M. Alan Kazlev

Initially published on 08 December 2001.