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This is merely a plausible explanation for the monster(s) in this article, and may or may not be considered canon to the series.

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Aptonoth are hunted as a food source. These creatures are preyed upon by both hunter and monster alike. Though usually timid, in packs they will defend themselves with surprising strength.


Taxonomy

  • Order: Ornithischia
  • Suborder: Clubbed Tail
  • Infraorder: Land Beast
  • Family: Tonoth
  • Species: Aptonoth

Aptonoth are a common Herbivore species found through out the world.

Habitat Range

Found in almost all environments, Aptonoth are the most basic herbivores, being able to survive anywhere if there is enough vegetation. The areas that they can be encountered include the Forest and Hills, Swamp, Jungle, Deserted Island, Sandy Plains, Flooded Forest and even on the outskirts of the TowerSnowy Mountains, and Volcano (3rd).

Ecological Niche

Aptonoth are the most common of all herbivores in the world, while being one of the weakest herbivore species. They have shown to be highly adaptable. They are found in a wide range of habitats, from dense Jungles to humid Swamps and even tropical islands, and while being at the bottom of the food chain in every environment, they continue to thrive.

Behavior

Docile creatures, Aptonoth spend much of their time grazing and traveling in search of greener pastures. Aptonoth display herd mentality, traveling in groups ranging from a few individuals to many hundreds. Herds are often lead by a dominant male, who is usually the largest and strongest. Aptonoth will flee from any predatorial threat, including everything from Velociprey, to Rathalos, to hunters. Aptonoth have been domesticated and are frequently bred for their meat and as beasts of burden.

If their young are in danger, the mother and alpha male will try to protect them, head butting or using their tails to club the attacker. They are even known to attack large Wyverns, such as Rathalos, while the Wyvern is eating another Aptonoth. This is probably not capable of killing a predator which is bigger than a Velociprey or Jaggi, but is more likely to just discourage anything stronger or bigger from attacking further. Other herd members might surround the young to protect them from threats.

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