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- Common Names
- Steirure (Waejir), sea-cat
- Small amphibious carnivorous mammals who dwell on shorelines, and riverbanks.
- 10 kilograms (23 pounds), up to 1 metre (3 feet, 4 inches) in length nose to tail
- Long lean bodied, with short legs, webbed paws with semi-opposable thumbs. Medium thick tails, medium neck, forward facing eyes, and small ears on a pointed face. They have a short haired fur with a water repellent undercoat. Colours range from sandy tones, through darker earthy red-browns, some grey of black markings dependant on sub-species.
- Sexual Dimorphism
- Adult females average about twenty percent larger.
- There are a number of subspecies which vary significantly in size and general colour or patterning of their pelts.
- Sub-Arctic to Tropical wetlands, sea shores, and riverbanks. They dig dens in the muddy banks above the waterline, with one or more entrances below the water surface.
- Carnivores eating a variety of fish, shellfish, crustaceans, insects, small lizards, amphibians, mammals, or birds.
- Social grouping
- Small groups of 3-9 animals
- Curious, Friendly, Playful.
- Clever animals capable of problem solving and coordinated activity in pairs or groups.
- Steirure pair up and mate in the autumn, with females live-birthing up to four kits in their den over winter. These young will remain with their parents for up to one year before seeking mates and forming their own family groups.
Black Pawed Steirure
- This sub-species of steirure is distinctive in the very dark colouration of its feet, and the tip of the tail, which lends a contrast to the white belly and fiery orange-red colour of their pelts.
- This sub-species is much smaller than other steirure with adults reach a mass of 2-3 kilograms (5-7 pounds) and 0.3 metres (1 foot) in length. they are often of a sandy blonde, or grey colour, with black noses and ears.
- Golden Steirure have a yellow blonde colouration, with white bellies. They occasionally have blueish grey streaks along their flanks, which seem to be a seasonal phasing in the colder months.
- This sub-species is noteable for their rich sable brown coats with dappled light brown and silver spotting on their face and along their back.
- Sailors and fishermen sometimes capture and train steirure as a means of shipboard vermin control, or a fishing partner..
- Pelts, Meat