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Starfleet Species File: Caedem, Reference Number 3367-9425-5
Classification: Lucertola alata silico
The Turians refer to this lifeform as Caedem. No record of this lifeform exists in any known Starfleet ally database. Thus, a considerable amount of information about this lifeform is unknown. All physical evidence, including DNA and cellular samples, have been destroyed. All attempts to retrieve scientific samples for testing and/or research has been futile. The following species file is compiled from references in the Turian database.
Theories suggest the lifeform is silicon and energy-based. Turian scientists believe the lifeform evolved from the Crystalline Entity, which was first encountered by Starfleet at the Omicron Theta colony in 2338.
The lifeform is a quadruped capable of ground movement and flight, although much of the mechanics of its movement is unknown.
The composition of the planet Erasta XII is high in kelbonite and fistrium, which refract the lifeform’s absorption power, keeping it dormant on the planet. The lifeform functions as a giant electromagnetic collector and needs constant power, converting organic matter into energy. Turian records show the lifeform ravaged Chatti, and the planet's natural resources were completely stripped. Everything, including vegetation and bacteria, was completely converted. It has been observed that Bitrious matter is usually deposited by the lifeform, as are elevated levels of hydrocarbons, lanthanides, and nitrates.
Reproduction & Lifecycle
Much of the lifeform’s reproduction is unknown. Turian records theorize the lifeform has asexual reproduction similar to parthenogenesis, in which an unfertilized egg develops into its adult form.
The embryo begins in a crystalline state, and as an accelerated incubation period of 3-5 hours. It’s lifespan is unknown, although it seems to be capable of extended hibernation periods.
Appendix A - Photo References
Figure 1.1- Only known photo of Lucertola alata silico, aka Caedem, in the wild.
Figure 1.2- Artistic rendering of Lucertola alata silico, aka Caedem.
Appendix B - Data on Theorized Silicon Cellular Composition
Figure 2.1 - Polydimethylsiloxane; polymeric organosilicon compound
Figure 2.2 - Atomic orbital diagrams for carbon and silicon