Interspecies Conflict/scenery


I bring back the Xeno , a big cat species I made up Males avg 820lbs females avg 550lbs , 3500lb bite force , 5inch canines , usually kills with a bite through the skull , 5.5inch retractable claws, 55mph top speed , lives in groups up to 25 , intelligence is on par with icaroraptor, it's always 4males in every clan

Xeno vs icaroraptor
Xeno clan (8 adults5juveniles) vs icaroraptor pack(5adults5juveniles)
8 Xenos vs triceratops
Also lets say we have a national park the size of Texas & Alaska put together & there are a variety of animals in the park , can you tell me how each interaction would be with the predators & tell how the predator/prey relationships would be & who would be the dominant predator , & what would be all of the predators favorite prey & their biggest threat & their weaknesses
Here are the predatory animals in the park
Dire wolves
Kodiak bears
Here is the prey
Wild Horses

Who would be dominant in this environment?
What would be every predators favorite prey biggest threat & how would every predators encounters be with eachother , I believe the pack animals will be most dominant, also who is the most dangerous predator in the park & which herbivore will be safe from predation if any are

Hello Anthony.

Here's a abbreviated recap of Icaroraptor (created by Lawrence): The Icaroraptor stands 6' tall, 17' long, it weighs about 600kg ,very agile, can run up to 90kph in short bursts but normally runs at 70kph.  It can jump up to 10' with its powerful legs, has the iconic scythe claw that is 9" long, spits venom in eyes of opponent, the venom when lands on skin damages skin severely and leaves an open wound but it is only effective against animals with no or little cover such as humans but it can still be used to stun.  It's tail whip can bring down 2000lb force onto his enemies.  Can deliver a fatal bite, it controls it's jaw strength, so to control it's style, it can use a weaker bite to tear of flesh or a bone-crushing bite of 2000lb and it's kick can dent iron.  Its intelligence is nearly-sentient.

Xeno vs Icaroraptor: The Icaroraptor will weigh about 60% more than the Xeno.  Both of these animals have the ability to dispatch one another rather quickly, and this battle won't be won by the same creature every time.  Xeno will have the claws to latch on quickly and open up an opportunity to land a killing skull/neck bite.  Icaroraptor has a variety of weapons to use (venom to spit, claws to slash, jaws to bite, tail to strike) and can be dangerous at every stage of a fight.  If the intelligence of Xeno is indeed on par with Icaroraptor (nearly sentient), the encounter will be a chess match of sorts.  The greater size of Icaroraptor will give it the edge more times than not.  Edge to Icaroraptor.

Xeno clan (8 adults, 5 juveniles) vs Icaroraptor pack (5 adults, 5 juveniles): Strategy will be huge here.  Considering the level of intelligence of the parties involved, this won't be a mindless brawl.  In the same way lionesses plan and form a particular ambush on a prey item (paying attention to where the wind will carry their scent, having some of the pride circle behind while the other members drive forward, etc.), these combatants will proceed carefully and purposefully.  Either side can win, but the greater numbers will favor the Xenos.  The overall weights of each group will be close.  The Icaroraptors' varied weaponry will give each of them the ability to be a threat to more than one Xeno at a time, and that may even out the numbers advantage.  Probably close to 50/50.

8 Xenos vs Triceratops: A typical Triceratops will weigh almost twice as much as all 8 Xenos combined (and a large bull may way much more).  Triceratops was a large ceratopsian with long brow horns, a nose horn, and a frill that may have provided protection for its neck & shoulders.  Triceratops likely used its horns to battle other males, but also may have used them to impale attacking theropods (like Tyrannosaurus) by charging at them.  The intelligence of the Xenos will compel them to make use of their most effective weapon against this dinosaur: their bites.  With 5" canines, a 3,500lb bite force, and a knowledge of what happens when a spinal cord is severed, the Xenos will have the means to bring the Triceratops down.  One or two may be killed in the process, but the predators should win.  8 Xenos win.

Q: Let's say we have a national park the size of Texas & Alaska put together & there are a variety of animals in the park.  Can you tell me how each interaction would be with the predators & tell how the predator/prey relationships would be & who would be the dominant predator, & what would be all of the predators' favorite prey & their biggest threat & their weaknesses?
A: It's hard to say exactly how each animal will react with each encounter; a lot depends on where they settle in and how numerous each species will be.  The herbivores will learn what areas to avoid as the adaptation process progresses.  Most of the herbivores and some of the less-formidable predators will fall victim rather easily because of the large variety of dangerous predators that will be hard to develop defenses against.  None of the herbivores will flourish with the presence of the near-sentient Icaroraptors/Xenos, and many of the other predators won't be able to effectively feed themselves or raise young with these amped-up predators about.  The Xenos & the Icaroraptors will be the most dominant predators with the Helloids (to give an abbreviated recap, a Helloid is a tenacious, 250kg mustelid with 4" canines, 4" claws, and a 1500lb bite force; created by Tejas) & Utahraptors close behind.  The Albertosaurus will be the most dominant single predator.  The dire wolves will be formidable as well.  The bison & gaur will be vulnerable to the Icaroraptors, the Xenos, the Utahraptors, and the Helloids and will need to actively avoid these threats.  These bovids should be able to repel a small group of dire wolves, but larger packs will bring them down.  The Albertosaurus and the Ceratosaurus will be large enough to kill a bison or a gaur, but the bovids will be speedy enough to get away if they're not ambushed.  The Triceratops will be the most dominant herbivore, and will have no problems in any one-on-one situation with any other animal.  However, despite its size, it will have big trouble from any persistent efforts by Icaroraptor/Xeno/Helloid/Utahraptor groups.  Its young will constantly be in peril, and the species won't thrive as a result.  Albertosaurus will only be a threat to Triceratops if several attack at once, as the ceratopsian will weigh anywhere from 2 1/2 to 4 times as much.  Ceratosaurus, at less than a ton, won't be a threat to an adult Triceratops.  Dire wolves will likely take smaller prey, and the bears won't show interest.  Iguanodon will be a target for many predators.  It can weigh 3 tons and can defend itself with its thumb spikes, but will have major trouble with Icaroraptors, Xenos, Utahraptors, and possibly Albertosaurus (which would make an interesting one-on-one fight).  Helloids & dire wolves will likely pay more attention to the mammals, and the bears won't show interest.  Ceratosaurus will be too small to tackle an adult Iguanodon; only a group would pose a threat.  Elephants & rhinos will be in the same boat as Triceratops, but won't be able to defend themselves quite as well as the dinosaur.  The Albertosaur won't be able to tackle an elephant solo, and will have a 50/50 battle with a white rhino.  A group of elephants/rhinos will make an attack difficult, though, for any of the predators.  Stegosaurus can defend itself well with its tail (armed with 4 spikes) if attacked by Albertosaurus or Ceratosaurus, but it will have trouble with Icaroraptor, Xeno, Utahraptor, and possibly Helloid.  The zebras & wild horses will be fast enough to avoid some predation, but their young will be just as vulnerable as the young from the other herbivorous groups.  The main threats for these equids will be Icaroraptor, Xeno, Utahraptor, Helloid, and dire wolf.  The other predators will be too slow to catch them without ambush.  Gazelles are extremely swift & alert, so many predators will not have a good chance to catch them at all.  The group predators will able to on many occasions, but will likely target bigger prey to obtain a bigger meal.  The other major predators in this habitat (Albertosaurus, Ceratosaurus, and the bears) will be too slow and too visible to be a viable threat to a gazelle.  The gazelle might actually be the herbivore with the greatest chance to survive despite being the smallest.  Biggest weaknesses of the predators: Icaroraptor/Xeno don't have any weaknesses profound enough to mention except maybe not having protection (like armor) to protect from the claws/teeth/horns of an attacker.  Helloid-no major weaknesses; may not be as nimble as, let's say, a big cat.  Utahraptor-may attack without great caution, which may be trouble against an opponent with advanced abilities.  Arctotherium-great size and limited lateral quickness may make it vulnerable to larger/quicker predators.  Albertosaurus-size will enable it to be spotted easily (by others predators and herbivores alike).  Dire wolves-no defense against horns/claws/teeth of other animals in this habitat, smaller than other predators as well.  Ceratosaurus-too small to take on Albertosaurus, too large to escape group hunters.  Kodiak bear-limited lateral quickness and will be outnumbered on many occasions.  

Q: Who would be dominant in this environment?
A: Among the predators, the Icaroraptors and the Xenos will be the most dominant.  The Helloids (which form large groups) will also be near the top, as well as the 2.5 ton Albertosaurus.  Among the herbivores, the Triceratops will be the toughest prey item (to physically overpower), followed by the Stegosaurus, the elephant, the rhinoceros, and the Iguanodon.

Q: What would be every predators' favorite prey, biggest threat & how would every predators' encounters be with each other?
A: Favorite prey: Xenos-bison & gaur, Icaroraptors-probably Iguanodon, Utahraptors-probably Iguanodon, Arctotherium-likely omnivorous/will scavenge/perhaps subadult herbivores, Helloid-probably bison & gaur, Albertosaurus-probably Iguanodon and subadult elephants/rhinos/Stegosauruses, Dire wolves-probably zebra & wild horses/perhaps bison & gaur, Ceratosaurus-subadult Iguanodons & young of other dinosaurs/perhaps bison & gaur/subadult elephants & rhinos, Kodiak bears-will mainly eat fish if it's available, but will eat the young of gaur/bison/zebra/wild horse.  Biggest threats: Icaroraptor & Xeno will be every animal's biggest threat, these 2 species will be the biggest threat to one another, the dire wolf will compete with them as the biggest threat to the speedy gazelles.  Encounters with one another (predators): The Xenos & Icaroraptors might actually figure out that avoiding each other and focusing on "safer" options will be a better option for each of them, but fierce fighting may occur (depending on what is at stake).  These 2 species can survive without engaging one another.  Xenos & Icaroraptors will battle Utahraptors & Helloids (and possibly dire wolves), but will not be actively sought out by any other predator while in a group.  Utahraptors will attack anything at first, but will learn to avoid Icaroraptors & Xenos.  Utahraptors & Helloids will have many fierce battles (Utahraptor will have the edge in a one-on-one being twice as heavy, but the Helloid group will likely be much larger).  Groups of Utahraptors will be needed to take on Albertosaurus, Ceratosaurus, Arctotherium, and the outcome will depend on the numbers.  Dire wolves will probably battle Utahraptors, but the Utahraptors will likely dominate any encounter in which the wolves stand their ground (which won't be likely) unless they are at a huge numbers disadvantage.  A couple of Utahraptors will have the ability to overtake a Kodiak bear, but a single one will have trouble.  The Kodiak may take to the water if a large group appears (no guarantee the raptors won't pursue, though).  Arctotherium (close in kin to the modern Spectacled bear which is among the most herbivorous of bears) won't directly compete against most other predators, but will have to defend itself against many of them (as it may seek to scavenge).  Icaroraptors, Xenos, Utahraptors, and Helloids may attack one, but several of each will be needed to overtake this ursid.  Dire wolves won't risk an attack without large numbers.  Albertosaurus will be a potential threat as it will have the speed to ambush one and the size to overtake it.  Ceratosaurus may attack a subadult, but won't have a good chance at all against an adult Arctotherium (which will weigh close to double its weight).  A Kodiak bear will give way to the larger bear if the 2 meet.  Albertosaurus will be the strongest solo predator in the mix.  It was built for speed, and possibly chased prey items to overtake them.  It will have trouble with some of the group predators (the raptors & Xeno), but may be left alone by Helloids & dire wolves.  Ceratosaurus won't be large enough to compete with an Albertosaurus without a numbers advantage, and even then the risk will be great.  The bears will avoid it.  Dire wolves will be in direct competition with the other groups, but their comparatively small size (less than 80kg in a very large one) will mean their numbers will need to be great when dealing with them.  They will avoid the large theropods (and be too quick to be caught by them on most occasions).  Dire wolves will compete largely with Arctotherium and the Kodiak bear.  Again, it will be a numbers game.  It may take a medium-sized group of these canids to unseat a Kodiak bear from a kill, but a massive group of them will be needed to drive the huge Arctotherium from a kill.  Helloids will be involved in many encounters.  They will typically have large numbers, and will compete strongly will all of the other predatory groups (will have the most trouble, of course, with Icaroraptor & Xeno).  How well they do against Xeno, Icaroraptor, & Utahraptor will depend on the numbers.  They will be able to displace dire wolves & the bears from kills on many occasions.  Helloids have bristles in their fur that enables them to detect vibrations from approaching threats, and will be able to avoid the larger theropods and won't likely be surprised by any of them (except maybe the near-sentient ones).  Ceratosaurus will have trouble with the group predators (although a lot of dire wolves would be needed to be a serious threat), and Albertosaurus will be a threat (as it will be almost 3 times as heavy).  The bears will not actively pursue it, the Arctotherium may drive it off of a kill.  The Kodiak bear will need to take cover at times in this habitat.  The group predators will all be threats, and the Albertosaurus may be quick enough to catch it.  Ceratosaurus can give it a good battle, and the theropod will likely have a slight edge.  The Kodiak will have a hard time defending itself and its young while attempting to obtain food (which will likely be fish on most occasions).

Q: Who is the most dangerous predator in the park & which herbivore will be safe from predation (if any are)?
A: Because of their near-sentience and enhanced abilities, Icaroraptors and Xenos will be the most dangerous predators in the park.  Helloids will be dangerous as well (enhanced abilities and large numbers in a group).  No animal in the park will be safe from predation, including the huge 3-horned Triceratops.  Certain herbivores will be safe from certain predators (an Albertosaurus won't be able to catch a gazelle, for example), but nothing will be completely safe from predation.

* let me know if I left anything out or if there's a particular matchup or encounter you want more detail on *

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