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Larinoth, also known as Neck Cry Wyverns, were a large sauropod species native to Earth's Old World, which is currently extinct. They originated in the famous japanese RPG videogame series Monster Hunter, having been introduced in the eight worldwide-released game: Monster Hunter Generations.
Larinoth seem to have evolved from sauropodal dinosaurs who survived extincion in the isolated island known as Jurassic Frontier. After being discovered by the Hunters Guild, Larinoth started to be hunted by poachers until, in the 25th century, becoming extinct in the wild; causing the near-extiction of the predators that hunted them, such as Glaveni. Nowadays, their population consists of herds in captivity, kept by the Guild in an attempt to save them. However, only 50 years later, the Larinoth population would be driven to absolute extinction after poachers constantly raiding on the herd.
The size of a Larinoth easily dwarved that of humans, hunters and other animals of the zone, but still was quite small for a sauropod. They measure up to 9 meters in length, 7 meters in height and 20 tonnes.
Like other sauropods, Larinoth possessed a rather long neck; however, unlike the small head of other sauropods, the skull of a Larinoth was rather large. Similarily to the sauropod Giraffatitan, their skull posessed a hollow crest, but with an internal structure rather similar to that of a hadrosaur's crest. Larinoth also posessed two fin-like ornament over their eyes and two buckteeth in their upper jaw. Their body build was less bulky than that of other sauropods, and their tail was rather short, ending in a mace-like structure with four fin-like structures. They also presented two files of spikes going from the neck to the tail, splitting on the back and merging again at the start of the tail. Larinoth posessed green and yellow scales.
There was no known sexual dimorphism between the Larinoth. Juvenile Larinoth were extremely similar to their parents, with the difference of their crests being smaller.
Larinoth mostly inhabit swampy areas located next to the jungle, where they have all the food and water they need at their disposal. Currently, Larinoth are only sighted in the Jurassic Frontier of the Old World, so it is unknown if they can survive in other ecosystems.
Larinoth lived in herds, and didn't usually live together with herds of other herbivorous species. Similar to elephant herds, these were composed exclusively by females and their children, while males were solitary. Having been given the title of Neck Cry Wyverns, Larinoth were known to sporadically emitted a loud call using their crest, similarly to crested hadrosaurs such as Parasaurolophus and Lambeosaurus. Research couldn't provide any certain facts about the call, but theories said they were a form of pointing out the mood of an individual, as well as warning the herd in case of danger. Their favorite food was the largest nuts from jungle trees, which they cracked with their buckteeth in order to eat them, but would also feed on lotus flowers and water lilies found in the swamps. When a predator was sighted, Larinoth would tend to run away, but would fight back predators if their children were in danger.
As herbivores, Larinoth were low in the food chain of the Jurassic Frontier. They fed mainly on nuts and lotus flowers. Due to their large size, only the largest and strongest predators hunted them for food. The predators that hunted them the most were Glaveni, Tigrex, Raths, and hunters.
In Dinoman972's personal system, Larinoth are classified in their own sauropod family, to which they are currently the closest relatives: Laimokravgidae. This family is currently inside the unranked clade Turiasauria, relating the Larinoth to animals like Turiasaurus and Cardiodon, although it's also posible they are actually part of Macronaria, being related to creatures like Brachiosaurus and Camarasaurus; or Dicraeosauridae, just like in the collaborative project.
The Larinoth's binominal name is Laimokravgus karydiphagus. The genus name means neck call in greek, and the epithet means walnut-eater in the same language.
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- Larinoths were originally classified in the family Brachiosauridae. They were later moved to Dicraeosauridae, due to the spines running down their back and their neck being rather short.