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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.

In-Game Information

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Submissive, water dwelling herbivores that subsist on water grasses and moss. Epioth frequently surface to sunbathe. Extremely timid, they panic when danger is near, swimming about in a haphazard fashion.


Taxonomy

  • Order: Leviathan
  • Suborder: Long Neck Wyvern
  • Family: Epioth

Epioth are a species Leviathan within the Herbivore class. This due to these Leviathans being small and gentle.

Habitat Range

Epioth can be found inhabiting the Deserted Island and Flooded Forest.

Ecological Niche

The Epioth is described as a marine version of the land dwelling Aptonoth, as both are very low in the food chain. They feed mainly on weeds, water grasses, and algae. They can be fooled easily by Gobul's plant disguise, as that they spend most of their time grazing, leading it to be swallowed in a flash. For this reason, Gobul is the main predator of the Epioth in the Flooded Forest. Gobul isn't the only main predator to Epioth however; Lagiacrus and Ludroth all live in both the ocean and jungle lakes just as Epioth does. Epioth are also counted as prey of the Plesioth . It has even been reported that Rathalos and Azure Rathalos will occasionally swoop out of the sky in an attempt to pluck Epioth out of the water when they're hungry. Their ability to swim quickly and haphazardly, as well as their numbers, are the Epioth's best defense against their natural predators.

Biological Adaptions

Epioth have specialized hides used for their aquatic home.

Behavior

Unlike the Aptonoth, Epioth live in small groups rather than large herds. The reason for this is that the water, whether in the sea or jungle river, has abundant hiding places. Epioth are very timid creatures, swimming in a haphazard state when danger such as a Lagiacrus is in the area. They are relatively docile when a hunter is around, but they will defend themselves when a hunter attacks.

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