Name: Metroid Larva / Hatchling (meh troyd lahr vuh)
Genetic Family : Zebes
Origin: Transplanted from SR388
Weight: 4 oz
Mysterious creature found on planet SR388 for which is thought to also be its native planet. Also thought to be parasitic. An airborne life form totally capable of flight through it's almost weightlessness.
Shortly after hatchling from a Metroid Egg, hatches into an almost jelly-like creature. Totally see through, its outer hide is transparent throughout its body until it has time to harden and gain its coloration luster. It seeks out a sort of "companionship" shortly after hatching, latching on to the closest organism it comes across. After it's hunger instincts kick in, that companionship drive is suppressed and replaced with the overwhelming urge to feed. Like their adult form, Metroid larva have an instinctive repulsion towards the cold.
This is the most crucial time in the Metroid life cycle, for up until 48 hours it has no way of protection, whether it be from native species or environmental hazards. Its fangs are still relatively soft and feel like maluable rubber. These will not harden until they have been exposed to enough environmental pressure. They are very reclusive and shy, therefore strengthening the lack of hatchling sightings in the wild. It is also at this stage where genetic varaitions can be visually confirmed.