Skull Island bugs

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Mosquito nets here are useless - better to use barb wire and sentries

— Unknown, Fall expedition to Skull Island, 1936

The following is a list of bugs living on Skull Island in the continuity of the 2005 film King Kong by Peter Jackson.


SI Termite.png Skull Island Termites were divided into three castes. The winged variety left the mound to breed, and the two soldier classes protected it. The spade-shaped variety had powerful jaws, and the narrow-headed variety could spit noxious chemicals to ward away attackers. The termites were known to make enormous termitaries that could rival the island's dinosaurs in size. Some dinosaurs like Ferrucutus used the termites to combat dermal parasites by brushing up on the mounds and allowing the termites to kill anything unwelcome, while its own hide kept the dinosaur from harm.
Scissor beetle.png Scissor-Beetles were blood-seeking flightless carrion insects that used grasshopper-like legs to hop to prey, where they used their blade-like mandibles to cut off chunks of meat.
Maggotfly.png Maggotflies were hairy, flying bugs that dropped their young on rotting carcasses, while feeding off the maggots left by other insects. If the adult Maggotfly was unable to deposit their young within the first few hours after their hatching, they would eat their parent, on which they rode.
Meat Weevil.png Meat Weevils were a species that laid eggs in carcasses that were so resilient that they survived being eaten by carrion feeders that hatched and emerged from the respective animal's dung.
Carrion Centipede.png Carrion Centipedes were carrion feeders that would remove meat from a carcass and bury it.
Ornate carrion beetle.png Ornate Carrion Beetles, in order to stake their claims at the rare and highly demanded unattended kills of Skull Island, evolved to smell carrion from miles around, and emit noxious chemicals from their brightly colored shells to deter other carrion organisms. The swarms of beetles could then stake an exclusive claim to the carcass.
Nigracassida.png Nigracassida dung beetles grew to three or four inches in length and specialized in harvesting the more than plentiful deposits of excrement on Skull Island and burying them for later consumption. They were preyed on by White Wedgeheads, a species of lizard that evolved specifically to eat them.
Moonspider.png Moonspiders, a variety of the ten-legged Sunspiders, hunted at night to avoid being preyed upon by larger organisms. Their powerful jaws and paralytic venom made short work of the rodents, lizards, birds, and dinosaur chicks it fed on. Moonspiders adapted to pick up the scent of egg matter in the night, cluing the Moonspider in that a nest was hatching. The Moonspider then located the nest and would eat the hatchling dinosaurs.
Estrivimus.png Estrivermis were swamp-dwelling fifteen to twenty inch parasites that used their sharp, pointed mouths to burrow into blood vessels and attach themselves. The Estrivermis would then attach themselves and feed from the blood vessel for the rest of its life, with its tail still hanging outside, spewing excrement and eggs into the swamp waters.
Profanus.png Profanus were twenty to thirty inch long free-swimming tapeworms that burrowed through the skin of its prey to expose the flesh and deposit its eggs into the wound. The Profanus larvae then hatched and lived in the wound until they swam away to breed.
Contereobestiolla.png Contereobestiolla lived as larvae in still freshwater until they were ingested by a fish. They then attached themselves to the fish's innards and pupated and lived in the gut as fully grown 1 to 3 inch arthropods that fed on swallowed food, and slowly multiplied inside the fish until they took over the entire digestive system.
Nepalacus.png Nepalacus were aquatic neopedes, a Skull Island descendant of centipedes, that could grow to anywhere from eight to sixteen inches in length. They had webbed legs, making them agile swimmers, and there were many species with varying ranges of leg length and webbing patterns.
Aspicimex.png Aspicimex were predatory neopedes with soft, flexible bodies that lived in Skull Island's swampland. Their hind-most legs were replaced by a flat tail, and their jaws were sharp and powerful, allowing them to prey on small fish. They grew up to eighteen to twenty-three inches in length.
Hydruscimex.png Hydruscimex were the largest neopede at lengths ranging from nine to twelve feet. Its poison was not the most potent of the neopedes, but its size alone allowed it to inject lethal doses strong enough to down small dinosaurs.
Mortifillex.png Mortifillex were three to four foot long aquatic bugs that used a hook-like lure to attract prey, and specially adapted mandible-like arms to inject nerve poison.
Main article: Scorpio-pede.
Scorpio-pede were neopedes that lived in Skull Island's swamps. As larvae they were fully aquatic predators, but as adults they lived near the water and harvested algae from the rocks and trees.
SI Pond skaters.png Predatory Pond Skaters were insects that skimmed the surface of Skull Island's still waters that sucked fluid out of their unsuspecting victims after locating them by homing in on the ripples they created on the water's surface.
Mortaspis.png Mortaspis were black and yellow relatives of the mosquito, that sucked blood in Skull Island's swamps.
Spinaculex.png Spinaculex were two-inch-long, red, spined mosquitoes that had bulbous thoraxes that could expand to accommodate the blood they sucked. The constant drone of their wings was a constant annoyance to the young Ligocristus that lived in the swamps.
Megapede horridus.png Megapede horridus were three to four foot long centipedes that used their strong legs to grab their prey from the jungle floors before injecting their venom.
Gyas.png Gyas were twenty to thirty inch long centipedes that specialized in cracking eggshells from ground-nesting birds with their huge, scissor-like mandibles before drinking the escaping fluid.
Dereponecis.png Megapede dereponecis were three to five foot long centipedes, and were the largest to have ever lived. Because of this, they were too heavy to climb trees, and thus they hunted in their roots for hatchling dinosaurs which they immobilized with their venom. Females chewed tunnels into rotting logs and laid their eggs inside them. They then grew extremely territorial of the log and attacked anything that may have threatened their young.
Humus.png Megapede humus were twenty-six to forty inch long centipedes that used their large sets of front legs to burrow underground and eat rats and other bugs in their burrows.
Stickalithus.png Stickalithus were eight to twelve foot long spiders that ate man-sized carnivorous birds and dinosaurs. Being too large to spin an intricate web, Stickalithus instead used their silk to create a nursery for their young. To capture prey, it waited in the low branches and foliage to hide itself and dropped down to drain its prey, whose empty husks littered the ground beneath its roost.
Wicked weaver.png Wicked Weaver four to six inch long spiders that spun thin webs to ensnare small birds, insects, and some flying lizards. While some prey was large enough to break free and fall to the jungle floor, the Wicked Weaver's venom quickly immobilized prey and minimized their chance of escape.
Illotus.png Idolon illotus were slim and fast predatorial centipedes that lived in the jungle canopy and hunted for flizards. Its venom could kill prey within moments of a bite. They could grow to sizes ranging from ten to fourteen inches.
Venefaucus.png Idolon venefaucus lived in the dense leaves and vines to ambush their prey. Their grey coloring served to camouflage their 20 to 24 inch long bodies from predators and prey. The Skull Island Hornbill was immune to their specific venom.
Harpeforceps.png Omnimatercimex harpeforceps, ranging from 30 to 35 inches in length, were the largest of the tree-dwelling Skull Island centipedes. They preyed primarily on baby birds and dinosaurs. They had the unique trait of eating a hole into their meal, and lining it with their scent to warn off carrion hunters and ate their meal whole from the inside out. Baby dinosaurs could feed Omnimatercimex for weeks.
Canopy bug chart.png The Canopy Insects of Skull Island lived in many different ways, ranging from colony dwellers, to lone insects that were as individually adapted as one might find in any other ecosystem, however there is no data of their individual behaviors provided.
Noxmuscus.png Noxmuscus were predators that chose to prey primarily on the Sap Snails of Skull Island, which fed, as their name suggests, on tree sap. The Noxmuscus had developed strong, flat proboscis to pry the snails from trees and to allow them to drop to the jungle floor, where they would jab it into the soft flesh and drink the snail's insides.
Unguasilus.png Unguasilus were bugs that sacrificed themselves for their young, a trait not commonly found in insects. Females laid parasitic eggs on their mate's thorax. The eggs then drained their father for nutrition through his porous exoskeleton. On hatching, the larvae slowly ate their father alive until they pupated in his dry husk and emerge as miniature versions of the fully grown wasp.
Decarnocimex.png Decarnocimex were five to ten foot long carnivorous relatives of crickets that lived in the chasm depths of Skull Island and was famous for tearing prey apart with its bladed forelimbs. Females dragged the carcasses of small animals that fell into their domain into holes dug into the chasm walls where they laid their eggs. They then sealed themselves in with a cement-like mucus. The young would them feed on the meat until they were old enough to eat their way out of the nursery.
Main article: Weta-rex.
Weta-rex were two to three foot long relatives of the Wetas of New Zealand, however unlike those, the Weta-rex were ferocious carnivores. Using their shear-like mandibles, the swarms of Weta-rexes could easily down an adult dinosaur.
Main article: Arachno-claw.
Aracho-Claw spiders were four to six feet in size. They laid their microscopic eggs in carrion of the chasm floor, but most were either eaten by carrion eaters, or drowned in the slime that coated the pit's bottom. They were then ingested by Carnictis, in the guts of which they pupated and lived as stomach parasites until they pupated and emerged from the rectum as miniature adults.
Impurus.png Megapede impurus lived in the filth below Terapusmordax colonies. The nearly three foot long centipedes fed on infant Terapusmordax that fell from the ceiling, and would strike before they could crawl back up, assuming they had not died or sustained a horrible injury.