I was wondering what you thought wimpod was based on? I personally think it's based on a horseshoe crab. What do you think?
I don’t think horseshoe crab personally
Exhibit A: Horseshoe Crab
Exhibit B: Wimpod
Note that the HS crab only has two dorsal segments, no outwards antennae, and a single non branched tail.
The following are the candidates that I think are more likely.
Exhibit C: The Silverfish
Note the antennae, the colour, the multiple pronged tail, and multiple body segments. They are also known to be very skittish and will run away from light and when uncovered (WITH GREAT SPEED, I’ve seen one before) - similar to the described behavior of wimpod. The order that silverfish belongs to has remained pretty much unchanged since the dawn of the insects in the Devonian period 420-360 million years ago, and obviously since insects, like all animals, had their origins from water, this could represent the water typing.
Exhibit D: The Trilobite
Extinct group of marine arthropods. In life they would have had antennae. Note the crescent head shield, the multiple body segments, and the fact that some had branched tails. Marine - good for water typing.
Exhibit E: The Tadpole Shrimp
An ancient freshwater crustacean (that’s still alive today). Notice the large crescent head piece, multiple body segments, branched tail and antennae. (Again freshwater - good for water typing)
And last but not definitely not least…
Exhibit F: The Wharf Roach
It’s an isopod (so extra points for the name) has 4 tail branches. Also, note the body segments, and the antennae. It lives on rocky coasts and in harbours, just above the high water mark - so again, good for water typing. Plus, if you lift a rock with any underneath, they sure do scatter away ASAP