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Salunga's name is likely derived from the Japanese word saru (猿), meaning "monkey." Toho filed a trademark on its Japanese name サルンガ (Sarunga) on October 6, 2020.
Salunga is referred to in episode 6 as シャランガ (Sharanga), the name for the celestial bow of the Hindu god Vishnu. This serves as the local Indian name for the monster, with サルンガ (Sarunga) being applied by the Japanese media.
Salunga resembles a combination of the Showa-era monsters Baragon and Gabara. Like Gabara, he has warty green skin, a beige underbelly, a cat-like muzzle, and horns running along the top of his head, but lacks the red lock of hair. Much like Baragon, he has a long tail, a larger forward facing horn on his forehead, and a paired row of golden plates running down the length of his back. He also has additional, fungus-like plates on his shoulders and tarsal scutes on his hind feet, and his eyes are white in color. He has arms with three long fingers and opposable thumbs. His posture is much like that of a primate, having long arms, relatively short legs, and a prominently hunched back. This makes him capable of walking both bipedally and quadrupedally, and allows him to be an adept climber.
At the Upala research facility in India, Bela Bhan and his associates descended onto a massive containment hatch, opening it with a pair of access keys. From a control room, Tilda Miller was shown stills of what lay below: Salunga.
As the hatch opened, clouds of red dust poured out from below. Amidst the haze, Salunga stood atop a perch and roared at the men before beginning to climb nearby scaffolding. As BB and the others began retreating, Salunga steadily approached the top. Operators in the control room scrambled to reseal the hatch, managing to close it just moments before Salunga could escape. Thwarted, the creature banged on the hatch and roared in anger.
- Godzilla Singular Point (TV 2021) [episode 5]
- Main article: Salunga/Gallery.
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