Classification: Land predator (large)
Gene Bank Status: Limited genetic samples available.
Height (at shoulder): 1.8–2.6m
Length (nose to tip): 3.6–6m
The largest land-based predator on the planet the rucnart is also one of the most successful, with several subspecies across a variety of environments.
Typically rucnarts are large, lean individuals with four eyes and six legs. They are similar in appearance to Old Earth felines with elongated, wedge-shaped heads and pointed ears that range in size and length depending on the subspecies.
Their two sets of eyes, one set positioned above and to the outside of the other, forward-facing set, function independently and differ in colour. The role each set of eyes is the subject of much speculation, but current research suggests the upper set is attuned to a different colour spectrum.
While all rucnarts have a prehensile tail, it varies in length and dexterity across the species. The New Saharan and Gobi rucnarts have the shortest tails, averaging just under a meter in length, while the Sidrat and other forest-dwelling species have the longest, averaging 1.8m in length.
In general, rucnarts live in packs of 5 to over 40 individuals, often accompanied by large flocks of qwans, with whom they appear to have a mutually beneficial relationship.
Their aggressive and territorial natures make rucnarts highly dangerous, which is why, despite their size and numbers, little is known about them.
Rucnarts are a favorite subject for mainstream fiction.