Designer Organism Project

Breanne Chausse and Claudia Dunn

Gold digger: Canis Fodio

Gold Diggers are around 50 cm tall and weigh 15 kg on average. It catches its food by hunting its prey using its sharp claws, which derived from the Bobcat. Their ears are similarly adapted to a foxes. They are adapted to hear better and more effectively. The are nocturnal, and can hear their predators from 3 miles away, giving them enough time to dig into the sand and hide themselves and their young. It gets water in a similar way- using its claws, the Gold Digger digs down deep into the sand, where water reserves are. The Gold Digger's shelter keeps them cool in the extreme desert temperatures. It seeks shelter by digging deep down into the sand, the same way they get water. Another way it stays cool is its light colored coat reflects sun rays  and their coat is thin, making them better adapted to live in the hot environment. The coats on Gold Diggers allows them to camouflage into the sand, keeping them nearly invisible to their predators.

Gold Diggers got their common name from their ancestor, a Golden Retriever. Their "golden" coats gave them that name. Canis, the genus for dogs, is the first part of their scientific name because of their Golden Retriever ancestors. The "digger" part of the name comes from how it gets water, protects itself and young, and its shelter. It gets all of these things from digging in the sand. "Fodio" is a Latin word that means to "dig". Canis Fodio simply means "A dog that digs"

Prickly palm: Palma Spinifer

Prickly Palms have the ability to grow up to 13 meters tall. Using it's ultra deep roots and wide leaves, the tree makes its own food using sunlight and the water beneath the surface. It's roots evolved to have roots that run deep enough to tap into water supplies beneath the surface. Derived from the cactus, these palms have adapted to have a very wide trunk. This is so they retain and store the most amount of water possible in the extreme heat. Another thing the Prickly Palm adapted from the cactus is its thorns. Animals may want to rip the tree open to access its water reserve, but its thorns stop that from happening.

The Prickly Palm receives part of its name from one of its ancestors- a palm tree. The "prickly" part of its name was put in place because of the thorns the tree uses for protection. "Spinifer" is the Latin word for prickly, and "palma" means palm in Latin.