The alien's body was like something out of a horror movie. It had four arms, each ending in a claw, as well as four spined legs. It was definitely an insectoid being, with large compound eyes and drooping antenna. Fortunately it was only about four feet total in length, so that diminished some of its ferocity. That, and the fact that it had been dead for several days.
"Initial indications are that they are actually physically weaker than us individually. An average specimen, judging by the four we have, has approximately two-thirds the lifting capacity and one half the endurance of an average Pyranid." Doctor Vicalso said, removing part of the creature's abdominal plate. "They metabolise nitrogen, needing at a minimum 30% gaseous concentration to survive. From the remnants of this one's digestive tract it looks like they are omnivores, though their stomach acid is strong enough to dissolve some metals and minerals."
"How intelligent are they, Doctor?" Prallan asked, looking at the creature's head.
"Definitely intelligent enough for interstellar travel and building starships. Individually they are what you might consider below average, relatively speaking. However, they have a mild hive mind, which can make them very intelligent in a group, moreso than a similar group of Pyranids. However, as their numbers thin, that shared intelligence weakens."
"Interesting." Prallan said. "I want a details report on their physiology. Anything we know can help when we have to fight them again."
"Of course, sir." Vicalso said, removing a pair of purple blobs from the creature. "I haven't been able to dissect an intelligent creature since medical school, this is very fascinating."
Prallan left the medical bay very swiftly. He was certain the Doctor was a good physician, but he also gave him the creeps.
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