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Danger Level: Medium
Likes: Meat, Cheese, Fancy lakeside picnics
Dislikes: Being compared to a plant
Attack Method: Rapidly swarm the prey in a large pack until nothing remains.
A small freshwater fish resembling some sort of bitey piranha. Only around 6 inches long on average, and rarely more than 4 inches tall, making them fairly small for such an aggressive creature. Their bodies are covered in small scales that shimmer between an aqua and lilac color depending on the light.
They have a trio of small bulgy purple eyes, one directly on the front of their face and two on the side. They have a lowercase "beta" symbol prominently displayed on their flanks in a light lilac color. they have a small but wide-opening mouth filled with oh so many tiny sharp teeth for tearing apart their prey, no matter the size or strength. Some specimens have been seen with long whiskers like a catfish, though their purposes is unknown.
Beta fish are consummate swarmers. Useless and indeed, rather cowardly when encountered on their own, when in a group of even dust a dozen or so of their kind, they become much bolder and more aggressive. Naturally, due to this, they have rather complex group mechanics that make one question how intelligent they actually are. They have a social hierarchy much akin to a prison gang, bullying and harassing the weaker members until they discover their place in the pecking order.
These gangs comprise of at least a dozen individual Beta fish, though in sufficiently large bodies of water, groups of hundreds have been seen, making all ocean going creatures breathe a sigh of relief that they do not go in the ocean. These gangs are arranged in a hierarchical structure with a "Beta Boss", typically the biggest and/or meanest of the lot, a number of "Beta Capos" under them, and so on and so forth, until you get to the tiniest and weakest of the betas.
Towards other creatures beta fish are most generously described as "bullies". They will use their superior numbers to abuse and ultimately devour any creature they find in a vulnerable state. Towards creatures that can fend them off, they will off resort to haranguing them until they in a more compromised position, then approach for the kill.
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• Despite frequent and rampant confusion over the name, attempts to change them to something sensible like "Beta piranha", have not gone through. Reasons range to "What's a betta?" to "I don't understand the question." or "I really don't care." Enthusiasts of the stately betta fish, remain irritated.
• When asked about the strange, violent tendencies of the beta fish, a noted ichthyologist was quoted as saying "That's just how fish mafia works." Experts are still attempting to puzzle out, what that means.
• A vaeri scientist attempted to introduce an ocean dwelling variant of the beta fish into Brontelimax. This vaeri scientist was later found dead in his beta fish tank. Curiously enough the cause of death was not being eaten by the beta fish, but by numerous venomous stab wounds.
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