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Assets ID: 019
Codename: Cannibalistic Arachnid Weeds
Form: Flora
Threat Level: Red
Hazards: Ecological Hazard, Aggressive Hazard, Regenerative Hazard, Organic Hazard, Contact Hazard
Status: Still Possession

Overview

A-019 is a species of predatory, carnivorous flora that reproduce asexually via spores. The stages of it's life-cycle are designated A-019-A to A-019-E (see Addendum 019-01). The main threat that the NDI must deal with is A-019-D (See Addendum 019-02 for description), which are mobile, and extremely aggressive. A-019-D will hunt other A-019-D entities to kill and cannibalize. It does not show this aggression toward humans or other animals unless they are deemed a nuisance, threat, or an obstacle to hunting another A-019-D. Due to unknown reasons, A-019-D entities will generally avoid urbanized areas.

Addendum 019-01: Life-Cycle of A-019

Stage and Designation Description Time Elapsed
Spore (A-019-A) A-019-D entities exhale spores which are light enough to be carried by low winds before falling to the ground and begin development. Tests have shown that only 51% of spores will live to develop into A-019-B. 3-5 Days
Weed (A-019-B) Spores develop into plants similar in appearance and function to Drosera capensis1, but with tendrils scaled to be 5 to 10 meters in length. These plants can withstand environments that would normally kill a Drosera capensis, and can adjust their rate of metabolism in accordance to the rate of feeding. These are found to release a chemical pheromone that attracts mammalian fauna to entrap themselves in their adhesive tendrils. In testing and in field reports, the tendrils are capable of ensnaring large animals such as foxes, raccoons, small deer, and in one instance a ████, and several █████ ████████ at once. 2-4 Months
Womb (A-019-C) A-019-B will undergo a dramatic physical change where under the root system it develops a bulbous cavity similar to an arachnid egg with an instance of A-019-D developing inside it. Attraction pheromone production and growth of root system increases exponentially. If the A-019-D instance does not gain sufficient nutrients for growth, it, and the 019-C will wither. ~9 Months
Beast (A-019-D) The fully developed A-019-D will have to dig its way out of A-019-C, where it then will begin to roam to hunt other instances of A-019-D. 5 months
█████ (A-019-E) [DATA EXPUNGED] █████

Addendum 019-02: A-019-D Anatomy
A-019-D are arachnid-like beings similar to Amblypygi2 with distinct floral features. Their bodies are between 1.5-2.5 meters in length with legs that stretch up to 3-4 meters. Their raptorial padipalps are strong enough to crush the exoskeletons of other A-019-D as well as disembowel armored humans. Each thorn along their forearms contain a venomous gland that can inject a potent blood-thinning agent. The biggest difference is in the abdomen which contains a short-range defense mechanism that explosively mixes & sprays a hot, caustic gas found identical to the Bombardier Beetle that can be fired multiple times consecutively. A-019-D lacks an intestinal track, rather, waste is deposited within the stomach, which is regurgitated. A-019-D instances have shown the ability to regurgitate spent food matter at incredibly high-velocities and will use this as another form of defense. Outside of cannibalization, they get sustenance by photosynthesis and burying their legs into soft soil and using them as roots to absorb water & nutrients.

Agents are advised to not make physical contact with A-019-D instances as their urticating hairs secrete a powerful urushiol-based irritant3.

Memorandum-019-01: Growing Success On Neutralization Efforts
This is a memo sent to staff and security working toward neutralization of A-019 on ██/██/20██:

After mobilizing our assets to deal with A-019, we have noticed that their population has been reduced to ██% of what was originally discovered. Should the rate of our neutralization efforts stand, we expect to eradicate wild instances of A-019 by the end of the year, with the only remaining ones being those that are currently kept in NDI installations. I commend all involved personnel for the success of our operations.
- Director █████

Testing Log 019-01: Reports from field agents suggest that A-019-D's can regenerate after consuming another A-019-D and gain muscle density. This test was carried out to confirm this.

Testing Log-019-02: Seeing that A-019-D has a constrained volume due to it's exoskeleton, researchers want to see if there is an upper limit of A-019-D's added strength, which in-turn will greatly assist neutralization efforts.

Addendum 019-03: Reclassification to Threat-Level Red

I don't care how "thinned out" their numbers are, or how many of these things are estimated to be across a certain area, if even one 019-E is made and we're not there to terminate it before it gets to a major population center, it'll mean wide-spread chaos, possibly nuclear intervention.
- Senior Administrator ████████

Active Protocols

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Early stage of A-019-B

Samples of A-019-A and A-019-B are kept in cryogenic storage in Bio-Research Facility for study into possible medicinal uses. Currently, efforts are directed at neutralization of instances outside of containment. All A-019-B or A-019-C instances are to be sprayed with Standard Herbicidal Agent #02-17 to dispose of them. Samples are only to be collected at Researcher M████'s request.

Under no circumstances should any A-019-D instance be knowingly created whether in or out of containment without approval from the Director.

Under no circumstances should any A-019-D instance be knowingly created whether in or out of containment without approval from the Regional Director.

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