Ground hugging, ivy-like plantimal that uses electric shock to defend against predators.

The Shockroot has a unique system for defending against leaf eating animals/insects. The plant has a core of bioelectric cells running through its roots, vines and leaves. These are similar in function to the cells of the Terran electric eel. When a creature attempts to feed on the Shockroot, it receives a considerable shock.

Shockroots evolved on the recently discovered lacustrogaian world of Tathius-IV (later named Galton) (Carina Rush), an entire planet where bioelectric defense mechanisms take the place of the poisons and bad tastes that terragen plants and animals use. The world has an unusually high percentage of conductive metallic salts.
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Text by Todd Drashner
Initially published on 31 December 2001.