Name: Gamma Metroid (gahm muh meh troyd)
Genetic Family : SR388
Phase: Adult (Advanced Stage:Second Molting)
Diameter: 2.2 m
Weight: 150 lbs
Mysterious creature found on planet SR388. For which is thought to also be it's native planet. Also thought to be parasitic. An airborne life form totally capable of flight through it's almost weightlessness. Shortly after hatching, immediately begins to hunt for food. Feeds itself by a highly developed system of consuming the "lifeforce" of its victim. The victim does not loose blood or any other vital fluids, and yet the Metroid extracts energy: identifying this energy is the central problem. It takes no physical form, and yet without it, the victim dies.
The Gamma metroid is the result of molting from the Alpha metroid. Compared to the Alpha metroid, the Gamma is a monster. Thru this new molting, it has gained a considerable amount of bio mass. Gamma Metroids are almost twice the size of Alpha Metroids. Gamma Metroids differ from the Alpha in the fact that they have grown an extra sheath of outer carapace. The carapace is hard enough to withstand lava and other environmental hazards found naturally on planet SR388.
The Gamma has an extra-extended appendage length. Since their last molting, the length of their appendages increases considerably. The hind most appendages begin to curve, forming at a "knee" joint. The upper appendages located upon their torso now are more maneuverable, able to grasp and take full advantage of their environment. The Gamma sees through a heightened visual system, consisting of eight multifaceted eyes. Their brain cavity has also increased in capacity. Gamma's, unlike the Alphas, are very remotely located, and prefer to be left alone from other Metroids.
Gammas, being solitary, have learned to become very territorial. They guard their domains very jealously. Using their defensive top horn, they carve massive caverns out of the indigenous rock to form their caves underground. Gamma Metroids have been noticed that while hunting prey, they can emit a quick beam of static energy towards prey. This static beam will temporarily immobilize prey, allowing it to attack at its leisure.
Because of their immense size, Gamma Metroids are always constantly on the move to fulfill their rather quick metabolisms. For this very fact, it would be an estimated 200 hosts more until they have gained enough energy to molt once more. If food is scarce in the area, then it will not be as easy to develop as another Gamma in an area abundant with food.