Ecology Idea Bank

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This page contains ideas and suggestions users have made for creating and designing new organisms.

Please place your ideas beneath Incompleted Ideas.

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Completed Ideas

  • Slime mold – [Completed]
  • Tentacle organism - [Completed]
  • A functioning brain - [Completed]
  • Something that reproduces by splitting - [Completed]
  • Live birth – [Completed]
  • A virus that removes Keratinocytes – [Completed]
  • Hibernater, a creature that converts most of its body to lipocytes, except for a handful of sensors, when no food is around – [Completed]
  • Logical circuits – [Completed]
  • Prey that evades the predator organism. – [Completed]
  • A cell that explodes to destroy its prey – [Completed]
  • A cell that launches cyanide-secreting secrosytes to kill its prey. - [Completed]
  • Pollination: Plant with male and female flowers, where female flowers must be fertilized by pollen from male flowers before they can reproduce. Could be wind pollinated (self-spreading with flagello/buoy) or (spread by another organism that visits flowers and picks up pollen) - [Completed]
  • Smart nutrient-eating swimmer with smart predatory tentacle / tail - [Completed]
  • An 8 directional smart swimmer - [Completed]
  • An organism that generates keratinocytes when a predator is nearby. - [Completed]

Incompleted Ideas

  • A crawler that can move forward and backward
  • A "Bloodstream" organism that uses multiple cells which flow in tubes of the host cell to survive.
  • A cell that launches devorocyte strings when attacked.
  • Tentacle predator
  • Tentacle parasite
  • Amoeba
  • Filter feeder
  • Pack-hunting predator
  • Prey with kinetic energy weapons.
  • Immune system, kills foreign objects and removes


  • Snake, creature which violently strikes at prey using muscular body to stretch or uncoil itself rapidly. Advanced sensors allow it to accurately * detect prey from a distance. It otherwise lies in wait.
  • Purity, a creature capable of detecting and killing modified versions of itself, by, e.g. a virus.
  • Desert tortoise: a creature which lives in a Desert and hides in a keratin shell when a predator attacks.
  • An organism that shoots projectiles to destroy its prey.
  • Models of real-life viruses, bacterium, fungi, or parasites, and the corresponding human immune response.
  • An organsism that sends out "drones" to attack its prey, which then return to give the mother cell the energy after eating the preycell.
  • Parthenogenesis: Female in a sexually-reproducing organism that can self-fertilize and produce offspring when males are scarce.
  • Frog with sticky tongue: Detects prey some distance away, but instead of moving to attack it, uses a retractable tongue that can shoot out or unroll, ensnare or stick to the prey, and retract back in.
  • Jellyfish with stinging tentacles: Floats at the top of a substrate and dangles tentacles down to catch food. The "sting" could be a secrocyte that emits S1 to interfere with the swimmers' guidance, or a virocyte that damages their genome to stop them from swimming while the tentacle absorbs their nutrients.
  • Food-shooting drone: a drone that shoots cells at a parasitic queen and then avoids her by color again to go back for more food.
  • Organism that has a stemocyte head that shoots out a cyanide secrocyte to kill the prey and then turns to a phagocyte that will collect the remains.
  • Organism that works and looks like a venus fly trap that will lure in swimmers to trap and eat them.
  • Organism that uses stemocyte to change into lipocyte when sensed something to block signal.
  • A leg with glueocyte detachment.
  • A stationary organism that detects when prey is near then extends a tentacle that gives the prey cyanide then the tentacle eats up the remains.
  • A predator that emits viruses that mark prey with a specific color for the predator to detect and chase.
  • A smart swimmer moves up/down then left/right, like a chess tower.
  • A basal organism that catches prey by wrapping tentacles around it and taking it to the devorocyte at the main base.
  • Organisms that can merge into one big organism.
  • An organism that makes nests to raise young.
  • A stemocyte display that reads S1 S2 S3 or S4 depending on the signal given.
  • An organism that modifies it's own body to suit the available resources.