Animals of Gor ...
As diverse if not far more exotic than the animals of earth, the animals of Gor lend to an exotic and dangerous world where man is quite often the prey.  On this page we offer descriptions of mammals, reptiles, birds, insects and the aquatic creatures of Gor.
           Birds
 


Finch, Whistling
Insectivorous flighted bird inhabiting the ground level of the rainforest.

“… and on the ground itself, are certain birds, some flighted, like the hook-billed gort, which preys largely on rodents, such as ground urts, and the insectivorous whistling finch, and some unflighted, like the grub borer and lang gim.”
Explorers of Gor page 311


Fisher, Ushindi
A long legged water-bird inhabiting the rainforests near Schendi

“His head was surmounted by an elaborate headdress, formed largely from the long,
white, curling feathers of the Ushindi fisher, a long-legged, wading bird.”
Explorers of Gor page 236

“Along the river, of course, many other species of birds may be found, such as jungle gants, tufted fishers and ring-necked and yellow-legged waders.”
Explorers of Gor page 311

Fleer
Large hook-billed bird which hunts at night.

“From through the trees, on the other side of the camp, came what I took to be the sound of a bird, the hook-billed, night-crying fleer, which preys on nocturnal forest urts.”
Slave Girl of Gor


Fleer, Long-Billed
A bird found in the emergent level of the Scendi rainforest.

“In the level of the emergents there live primarily birds, in particular parrots, long-billed fleers, and needle-tailed lits.”
Explorers of Gor page 311

Fleer, Prairie
Large yellow bird with a sharp bill and long wings; sometimes called the \'maize bird\' or \'corn bird\' from the belief that it is usually the first bird to find food.

“Too, they are often undecorated, save perhaps for a knot of the feathers of the yellow, long-winged, sharp-billed prairie fleer, or, as it is sometimes called, the maize bird, or corn bird, considered by the red savages to be generally the first bird to find food.”
Savages of Gor

“The fleer is a large, yellow, long-billed, gregarious, voracious bird of the Barrens. It is sometimes also called the Corn Bird or the Maize Bird.”
Savages of Gor


Fruit Tindel
A bird found in the canopy zone of the Schendi rainforests.

“Behind and about him had swirled a gigantic cloak of yellow and red feathers, from the crested lit and the fruit tindel, brightly plumaged birds of the rain forest.”
Explorers of Gor page 236

“Warblers, finches, mindars, the crested lit and the common lit, the fruit tindel, the yellow gim, tanagers, some varieties of parrot, and many more.”
Explorers of Gor page 311

 

Gant, Arctic

Migratory bird found on the Hrimgar Mountains, the southern border of the polar north, where it nests on the cliffs. When frozen, their eggs are eaten like apples.


“I stepped aside to let a young girl pass, who carried two baskets of eggs, those of the migratory arctic gant. They nest in the mountain of the Hrimgar and in steep, rocky outcroppings, called bird cliffs, found here and there jutting out of the tundra.”
Beasts of Gor


Gant, Jungle
A relative of the marsh gant, this bird can be founding the river in rainforests inland of Schendi.

“Along the river, of course, many other species of birds may be found, such as jungle gants, tufted fishers and ring-necked and yellow-legged waders.”
Explorers of Gor page 311

Gant, Marsh
A small long-legged horned bird; broad-billed and broad-winged; hunted by marsh girls It's cry is imitated by the rence people as as a surreptitious means of communication.

“I heard a bird some forth or fifty yards to my right; it sounded like a marsh gant, a small, horned, web-footed aquatic fowl, broad-billed and broad-winged.”
Raiders of Gor page 3

 

Gim, Horned

A small purplish bird resembling an owl, with tufts over eyes (4 ozs. in weight) which inhabits the forests of northern Gor.

“There was only the laughter of the girls, the bubbling of the stream, the work, the blue sky and white clouds, the wind and the bending grass, clean air and, somewhere, the call of a tiny horned gim, the tiny purplish owl.”
Captive of Gor page 97

Gim, Lang
An insectivorous bird found in the ground level of rainforests inland of Schendi.

“In the ground zone, and on the ground itself, are certain birds, some flighted, like the hook-billed gort, which preys largely on rodents, such as ground urts, and the insectivorous whistling finch, and some unflighted, like the grub borer and lang gim.”
Explorers of Gor page 311

Gim, Yellow
A bird related to the horned gim which inhabits the second level of rainforests inland of Schendi.

“In the second level, that of the canopies, is found an incredible variety of birds, Warblers, finches, mindars, the crested lit and the common lit, the fruit tindel, the yellow gim, tanagers, some varieties of parrot, and many more.”
Explorers of Gor page 311


Gort
A carnivorous hook-billed hunting bird preying on ground urts in Schendi's rainforests

“In the ground zone, and on the ground itself, are certain birds, some flighted, like the hook-billed gort, which preys largely on rodents, such as ground urts, and the insectivorous whistling finch, and some unflighted, like the grub borer and lang gim.”
Explorers of Gor page 311

Grub Borer
An insectivorous bird which inhabits the ground level of the Schendi rainforests.

“In the lower portion of the canopies, too, can be found heavier birds, such as the ivory-billed woodpecker and the umbrella bird. Guernon monkeys, too, usually inhabit this level. In the ground zone, and on the ground itself, are certain birds, some flighted, like the hook-billed gort, which preys largely on rodents, such as ground urts, and the insectivorous whistling finch, and some unflighted, like the grub borer and lang gim.”
Explorers of Gor page 311

Gull, Coasting
Found in Torvaldsland, broad winged bird, its wings and tail feathers having black tips. Similar to the Vosk gull. It's feathers are used on the war arrows of Torvaldsland.

“Its feathers were five inches long, set in the shaft on three sides, feathers of the black-tipped coasting gull, a broad-winged bird, with black tips on its wings and tail feathers, similar to the Vosk gull.”
Marauders of Gor page 235

Gull, Schendi
Inhabiting the area around Schendi on the Thassa, they nest on land at night.

“Those are Schendi gulls,” said Ulafi, pointing to birds which circled about the mainmast. “They nest on land at night.”
Explorers of Gor page 99

Herlit
This Gorean eagle of The Barrens has wingspan of 6-8 feet. It is carnivorous and has yellow feathers tipped with black. Also called \'Sun-Striker\' or \'out-of-the-sun-it-strikes\' for its habit of striking with the sun above and behind it.

“It was of peeled Ka-la-na wood and, from its top, there dangled two long, narrow, yellow, black-tipped feathers, from the tail of the taloned Herlit, a large, broad winged, carnivorous bird, sometimes in Gorean called the Sun Striker, or, more literally, though in clumsier English, Out-of-the-sun-it-strikes, presumably from its habit of making its descent and. strike on prey, like the tarn, with the sun above and behind it.”
Savages of Gor

Hermit, Yellow-Breasted
A bird of the Northern Forest, resembling an Earthen woodpecker, it beats with a sharp beak against trees to hunt for larvae.

“Somewhere, far off, but carrying through the forest, was the rapid, staccato slap of the sharp beak of the yellow-breasted hermit bird, pounding into the reddish bark of the tur tree, hunting for larvae.”
Hunters of Gor

Hook-Billed Gort
A carnivorous hunting bird of the Schendi rainforests; preys on ground urts.

“In the ground zone, and on the ground itself, are certain birds, some flighted, like the hook-billed gort, which preys largely on rodents, such as ground urts,…”
Explorers of Gor page 311

Jard
A small scavenger bird that flies in large flocks. A flock can strip the meat from a tabuk in seconds. Found near Lydius.

“The jard is a small scavenger. It flies in large flocks. A flock, like flies, can strip the meat from a tabuk in minutes.”
Beasts of Gor

Kite
Gorean bird

“Overhead a wild Gorean kite, shrilling, beat its lonely way from this place, seemingly no different from a thousand other places on these broad grasslands of the south.” Nomads of Gor page 4

“The first southern migrations of meadow kites,” he said, “have already taken place. The migrations of the forest herlit and the horned aim do not take place until later in the spring. This is the time that the Vosk gulls fly.”
Nomads of Gor page 138


Lit, Crested
A brightly plumaged bird found in the second level of Schendi rainforests.

“In the second level, that of the canopies, is found an incredible variety of birds, Warblers, finches, mindars, the crested lit and the common lit, the fruit tindel, the yellow gim, tanagers, some varieties of parrot, and many more.”
Explorers of Gor page 311

Lit, Needle-Tailed
A bird found in the emergent (highest level) of the Schendi rainforests.

“We may perhaps, somewhat loosely, speak of this first zone as the “floor,” or, better, “ground zone,” of the rain forest. In the level of the emergents there live primarily birds, in particular parrots, long-billed fleers, and needle-tailed lits.”
Explorers of Gor page 311
 

Mindar

A yellow and red bird of the Schendi rainforests, it has short wings and a sharp bill which it uses to drill into the bark of flower trees for larvae and grubs.

“Kisu pointed overhead. “See the mindar,” he said.
We looked up and saw a brightly plumaged, short-winged, sharp-billed bird. It was yellow and red.
“That is a forest bird,” said Kisu. "The mindar is adapted for short, rapid flights, almost spurts, its wings beating in sudden flurries,: hurrying it from branch to branch, for camouflage in flower trees, and for drilling the bark of such trees for larvae and grubs.”
Explorers of Gor page 282

Needle-Tailed Lit
A bird found in the highest level of the Schendi rainforest.

“We may perhaps, somewhat loosely, speak of this first zone as the “floor,” or, better, “ground zone,” of the rain forest. In the level of the emergents there live primarily birds, in particular parrots, long-billed fleers, and needle-tailed lits.”
Explorers of Gor page 311

Parrot
A bird found in the emergent level of the rainforest; certain varieties can also be found in the Canopy level.

“In the second level, that of the canopies, is found an incredible variety of birds, Warblers, finches, mindars, the crested lit and the common lit, the fruit tindel, the yellow gim, tanagers, some varieties of parrot, and many more.”
Explorers of Gor page 311

Ring-Necked Waders
Bird found along the river of the Schendi rainforest; ground level

“Along the river, of course, many other species of birds may be found, such as jungle gants, tufted fishers and ring-necked and yellow-legged waders.”
Explorers of Gor page 311

Tarn
Crested hawk-like bird large enough to be saddled and flown, it is used in battle and in racing and is bred for swiftness and aggressiveness.

“My first impression was that of a rush of wind and a great snapping sound, as if a giant might be snapping an enormous towel or scarf; then I was cowering, awe-stricken, in a great winged shadow, and an immense tarn, his talons extended like gigantic steel hooks, his wings sputtering fiercely in the air, hung above me, motionless except for the beating of his wings.”
Tarnsman of Gor

“The plumage of tarns is various, and they are bred for their colors as well as their strength and intelligence. Black tarns are used for night raids, white tarns in winter campaigns, and multicolored, resplendent tarns are bred for warriors who wish to ride proudly, regardless of the lack of camouflage. The most common tarn, however, is greenish brown. Disregarding the disproportion in size, the Earth bird which the tarn most closely resembles is the hawk, with the exception that it has a crest somewhat of the nature of a jay's.”
Tarnsman of Gor

Tarntauros
A legendary creature which is half man and half tarn. May be compared to the mythical centaur of Earth.

“There is even the legend of the tarntauros, or creature half man, and half tarn, which in Gorean myth, plays a similar, one might even say, equivalent, role to that of the centaur in the myths of Earth.”
Renegades of Gor page 138

Tibit
Small, stick-legged birds

“I heard the cry of sea birds, broad-winged gulls and the small, stick-legged tibits, pecking in the sand for tiny mollusks. There was a salt smell in the air, swift and bright in the wind. Thassa was beautiful.”
Hunters of Gor page 247

Tindel, Fruit
Brightly plumaged bird living in the second level of the rainforest near Schendi.

“Behind and about him had swirled a gigantic cloak of yellow and red feathers, from the crested lit and the fruit tindel, brightly plumaged birds of the rain forest.”
Explorers of Gor page 236

“In the second level, that of the canopies, is found an incredible variety of birds, Warblers, finches, mindars, the crested lit and the common lit, the fruit tindel, the yellow gim, tanagers, some varieties of parrot, and many more.”
Explorers of Gor page 311

Tufted Fisher
A water bird which inhabits the rivers of the rainforests inland of Schendi.

“Along the river, of course, many other species of birds may be found, such as jungle gants, tufted fishers and ring-necked and yellow-legged waders.”
Explorers of Gor page 311

Tumit
Large flightless bird about the size of an ostrich having an 18'-long hooked beak; carnivorous.

“It was probably developed for hunting the tumit, a huge, flightless carnivorous bird of the plains, but the Wagon Peoples use it also, and well, as a weapon of war.”
Nomads of Gor
 

Umbrella Bird
Bird that lives in the lower canopies of rainforest near Schendi.

“In the lower portion of the canopies, too, can be found heavier birds, such as the ivory-billed woodpecker and the umbrella bird.”
Explorers of Gor page 311

Veminium Bird
A bird with a beautiful song not otherwise described.

“’He has given performances in the Central Cylinder,’ I continued, ‘readings, and such. Perhaps in one of those times, due to no fault of Mistress he was charmed by her voice, as by the songs of the venminium bird, or again, by her grace and manner, the consequences of a thousand generations of elegance and breeding, or again, once more through no possible fault of Mistress, perhaps in a moment of inadvertent disarray he as so unfortunate as to glimpse a portion of her briefly unveiled features, or note a width of slender wrist betwixt cuff and glove, or even, beneath the hem of her robes, fearful to contemplate, the turn of an ankle?’”
Magicians of Gor page 363

Vosk Gull
A gull of the Vosk Delta and Vosk River, it apparently has a loud or insistent cry, which is imitated by the rence people as a means of surreptitious communication at night. It's feathers are used on sheaf arrows. It winters on the prairies of the Wagon Peoples and flies north in the spring, when the ice breaks up.

“We then waited about a minute, and I saw several birds river gulls flying north. "Those are Vosk gulls," said Kamchak, "In the spring, when the ice breaks in the Vosk, they fly north."
Nomads of Gor page 137

Vulo
A tawny-colored poultry bird similar to a pigeon which also exists in the wild; used for meat and eggs.

“She had been carrying a wicker basket containing vulos, domesticated pigeons raised for eggs and meat.”
Nomads of Gor page 1

Wader, Ring-Necked
A variety of water bird which inhabits the rivers of the rainforests inland of Schendi.

“Along the river, of course, many other species of birds may be found, such as jungle gants, tufted fishers and ring-necked and yellow-legged waders.”
Explorers of Gor page 311

Wader, Yellow-Legged
A variety of water bird which inhabits the rivers of the rainforests inland of Schendi.

“Along the river, of course, many other species of birds may be found, such as jungle gants, tufted fishers and ring-necked and yellow-legged waders.”
Explorers of Gor page 311

Warblers
Songbirds found in the rain forests.

“In the second level, that of the canopies, is found an incredible variety of birds, Warblers, finches, mindars, the crested lit and the common lit, the fruit tindel, the yellow gim, tanagers, some varieties of parrot, and many more.”
Explorers of Gor page 311

Woodpecker, Ivory-Billed
Bird found in the lower canopies of the rainforests near Schendi

“In the lower portion of the canopies, too, can be found heavier birds, such as the ivory-billed woodpecker and the umbrella bird.”
Explorers of Gor page 311

Zad
A large broad-winged black and white bird with a long, narrow, yellowish, hooked beak found in the Tahari; they scavenge on carrion.

heard, a short time later, wings, the alighting of one or more large birds. Such birds, broad-winged, black and white, from afar, follow the marches to Klima; their beaks, yellowish, narrow, are long and slightly hooked at the end, useful for probing and tearing.
The birds scattered, squawking, as a Kaiila sped past. The birds are called zads.
Tribesmen of Gor, page 232

The birds scattered, squawking, as a Kaiila sped past. The birds are called zads.”
Tribesmen of Gor

Zad, Jungle
A less aggressive cousin of the Tahari zad; small, yellow-winged, scavenging birds with long, yellowish, slightly curved beaks; found in the rainforest inland of Schendi.

“One was attacked even by zads, clinging to it and tearing at it with their long, yellowish, slightly curved beaks. These were jungle zads. They are less to be feared than desert zads, I believe, being less aggressive. They do, however, share one ugly habit with the desert zad, that of tearing out the eyes of weakened victims.”
Explorers of Gor page 415

Zadit
A small, tawny-feathered, sharp- billed bird of the Tahari. It is insectivorous, feeding on sand flies and other similar insects. They often land on kaiila and spend long periods hunting the sand flies that infest the host animal.

“The zadit is a small, tawny-feathered, sharp-billed bird. It feeds on insects. When sand files and other insects, emergent after rains, infest kaiila, they frequently alight on the animals, and remain on them for some hours, hunting insects.”
Tribesmen of Gor

 

 
 
           Insects
 


A
nt, Marcher
Known in the jungles of Schendi as \'The Marchers\' are these carnivorous insects, very aggressive. Each ant measures about 2 inches long having a shiny black exoskeleton and two antennae. Their name is derived from their, apparently seasonal, marches through the jungle. They march in a single column, yards wide and pasangs in length. They number possibly in the millions, their path's widening to as much as 500 feet when they overtake, swarm over, and devour all flesh, living or dead, in their path. Their bite is extremely painful, but not poisonous. Their victims die from being weakened from relentless attack. Tarl Cabot and the small men, led a column of Marchers baiting them with fresh meat and weaving like a whispering black snake through the jungle the ants overran an encampment of the Mamba people, Cabot's intended target.

“The marchers,” said the leader of the small men, pointing.
The hair on the back of my neck rose.
I saw now that the sound was the sound of millions upon millions of tiny feet, treading upon the leaves and fallen debris of the jungle floor. Too, there may have been, mixed in that sound, the almost infinitesimal sound, audible only in its cumulative effect, of the rubbings and clickings of the joints of tiny limbs and the shiftings and adjustments of tiny, black, shiny exoskeletons, those stiff casings of the segments of their tiny bodies.”
Explorers of Gor page 47

Arthropod
A creature found in the tunnels of the Nest of the Priest-Kings. It is 8 feet long and a yard high with a multi-segmented body and 8 legs its two eyes waving on long stalks

“At that moment to my horror a large, perhaps eight feet long and a yard high, multilegged, segmented arthropod scuttled near, its eyes weaving on stalks.”
Priest Kings of Gor


Beetle
Found in the canopy level of the rainforests of Schendi.

“Here, too, may be found snakes and monkeys, gliding urts, leaf urts, squirrels, climbing, long-tailed porcupines, lizards, sloths, and the usual varieties of insects, ants, centipedes, scorpions, beetles and flies, and so on.”
Explorers of Gor page 311


Centipede
Found in the canopy level of the Schendi rainforest.

“Here, too, may be found snakes and monkeys, gliding urts, leaf urts, squirrels, climbing, long-tailed porcupines, lizards, sloths, and the usual varieties of insects, ants, centipedes, scorpions, beetles and flies, and so on.”
Explorers of Gor page 311


Flies
Found in the rainforests of Schendi.

“Here, too, may be found snakes and monkeys, gliding urts, leaf urts, squirrels, climbing, long-tailed porcupines, lizards, sloths, and the usual varieties of insects, ants, centipedes, scorpions, beetles and flies, and so on.”
Explorers of Gor page 313

Gitch
A biting insect

“We watched a large, oblong, flat-bodied black object, about ah half hort in length, with long feelers, hurry toward a crack at the base of the wall. "That is a roach," he said. "They are harmless, not like the gitches whose bites are rather painful. Some of them are big fellows, too. But there aren't many of them around. The frevets see to it. Achiates prides himself on a clean house.”
Mercenaries of Gor page 277

Golden Beetle
An insect approximately the size of a rhinoceros, inhabits the caverns below the Nest of the Priest-Kings in the Sardar Mountains where it preys on Priest Kings themselves. It releases an aroma and exudate which is so compelling to a Priest-King that to die by that method is referred to as succumbing to the Pleasures of the Golden Beetle

“The Golden Beetle was not nearly as tall as a Priest-King, but it was probably considerably heavier. It was about the size of a rhinoceros and the first thing I noticed after the glowing eyes were two multiply hooked, tubular, hollow, pincher-like extensions that met at the tips perhaps a yard beyond its body. They seemed clearly some aberrant mutation of its jaws. Its antennae, unlike those of Priest-Kings, were very short. They curved and were tipped with a fluff of golden hair. Most strangely perhaps were several long, golden strands, almost a mane, which extended from the creature’s head over its domed, golden back and fell almost to the floor behind it. The back itself seemed divided into two thick casings which might once, ages before, have been horny wings, but now the tissues had, at the points of touching together, fused in such a way as to form what was for all practical purposes a thick, immobile golden shell. The creature’s head was even now withdrawn beneath the shell but its eyes were clearly visible and of course the extensions of its jaws.”
Priest Kings of Gor page 180

Grasshopper
A small red insect

“A grasshopper, red, the size of a horned gim, a small, owllike bird, some four ounces in weight, common in the northern latitudes, had leaped near the fire, and disappeared into the brush.”
Explorers of Gor page 293

Leech, Salt
Another variety of leech, mentioned but once in the Books

“I flicked a salt leach from the side of my light rush craft with the corner of the tem-wood paddle.”
Raiders of Gor page 5

Leech, Marsh
Described as rubbery about 4 inches long; it attaches itself to plants in the marsh or float free in the water, waiting for warm blooded animals. They fasten themselves to their victim to suck blood until, satiated, they detach. They can be removed with fire or salt. They are edible.
Vagabonds of Gor, page 236

Lice, Tarn
Marble sized parasites that infest wild tarns.

“I withdrew some of the lice, the size of marbles, which tend to infest the wild tarns, and slapped them roughly into the mouth of the tarn, wiping them off on his tongue.” Tarnsman of Gor

Needle Fly
Also known as sting flies, these originate in the delta and similar places. Its sting is extremely painful but it is not dangerous unless inflicted in great numbers.
Vagabonds of Gor page 161

Rennels
Poisonous, crab-like desert insects.

“...that once an army of a thousand wagons turned aside because a swarm of rennels, poisonous, crablike desert insects, did not defend its broken nest.”
Nomads of Gor page 27

Rock Spider
An inhabitant of the lower level of the Schendi rainforests, this brown or black spider camouflages itself by tucking legs under its body to look like a rock hence its name; it is approximately one foot in diameter and will catch small rodents or birds in its web.

“I looked down. The web was now trembling. Approaching her now, moving swiftly across the web, was a gigantic rock spider. It was globular, hairy, brown and black, some eight feet in thickness. It had pearly eyes and black, side-hinged jaws.”
Explorers of Gor page 390 – 391

“This afternoon, late, when we had come inland, almost in the dusk, she had become entangled in the web of a rock spider, a large one. They are called rock spiders because of their habit of holding their legs folded beneath them. This habit, and their size and coloration, usually brown and black, suggests a rock, and hence the name.”
Explorers of Gor page 294

Salamander
An inhabitant of the brine pits of the salt mines of the Tahari, they are white and blind with long stemlike legs with fern-like filaments which are feather gills.

“Among the lefts, too, were, here and there, tiny salamanders, they, too, white and blind. Like the lefts, They were, for their size, long-bodied, were capable of long periods of dormancy and possessed a slow metabolism, useful in an environment in which food is not plentiful. Unlike the lefts they had long, stemlike legs. At first I had taken them for lelts, skittering about the rafts, even to the fernlike filaments at the sides of their head, but these filaments, in the case of the salamanders, interestingly, are not vibration receptors but feather gills, an external gill system.”
Tribesmen of Gor

Sand Flies

“Following such rains, great clouds of sand flies appear, wakened from dormancy. These feast on kaiila and men. Normally, flying insects are found only in the vicinity of the oases.”
Tribesmen of Gor page 152

Scorpion
Found in the canopy level of the rainforest.

“Here, too, may be found snakes and monkeys, gliding urts, leaf urts, squirrels, climbing, long-tailed porcupines, lizards, sloths, and the usual varieties of insects, ants, centipedes, scorpions, beetles and flies, and so on.”
Explorers of Gor page 311

Slime Worm
A long slow blind worm which inhabits the caverns below the Nest in the Sardar; scavenges the remains of the Golden Beetles kills

“What approached was not another Golden Beetle, though I supposed there might have been several in those tunnels, but another inhabitant of those dismal passages, the whitish, long, slow, blind Slime Worm.”
Priest Kings of Gor page 186

Snail
Much like the snails on Earth these are small slug-like creatures living inside of thin shells in the waters. often they are trapped with water inside the bilge of a ship.

“Once the Forkbeard went to her and taught her to check the scoop, with her left hand, for snails, that they not be thrown overboard. Returning to Me, He held one of the snails, whose shell He crushed between His fingers, and sucked out the animal, chewing and swallowing it. He then threw the shell fragments overboard. “They are edible,” He said, “and We use them for fish bait.”
Marauders of Gor pg 62

Sting Flies (Needle Flies)
Originate in the delta and similar places. It's sting is extremely painful but it is usually not dangerous unless inflicted in great numbers.
 

Swamp Spiders
Man-sized arachnids (Spider People) found in the swampland near Ar; they can communicate in human speech via the mechanical translators they wear around their abdomens; they spin Curlon Fiber which is used in the textile mills of Ar

“My flesh adhered to the adhesive substance of the broad strands. Approaching me, stepping daintily for all its bulk, prancing over the strands, came one of the Swamp Spiders of Gor. I fastened my eyes on the blue sky, wanting it to be the last thing I looked upon. I shuddered as the beast paused near me, and I felt the light stroke of its forelegs, felt the tactile investigation of the sensory hairs on its appendages. I looked at it, and it peered down, with its four pairs of pearly eyes - quizzically, I thought.”
Tarnsman of Gor

Termite (white ant)
An insect found in the rainforests of Schendi

“It lived on the white ants, or termites, of the vicinity.” Explorers of Gor page 293
“Termites, incidentally, are extremely important to the ecology of the forest. In their feeding they break down and destroy the branches and trunks of fallen trees. The termite “dust,” thereafter, by the action of bacteria, is reduced to humus, and the humus to nitrogen and mineral materials.”
Explorers of Gor page 312

Vint
Tiny, sand-colored insects found in the Tahari Desert.

“Vints, insects, tiny, sand-colored, covered them: On the same rinds, taking and eating vints, were two small cell spiders.”
Tribesmen of Gor

Zarlit
Large, harmless, purple insect about two feet long with 4 long, translucent wings, with a span of about a yard. It is able to walk on top of water because of it's padlike feet and feeds on small insects.

“I did see a large, harmless zarlit fly, purple, about two feet long with four translucent wings, spanning about a yard, humming over the surface of the water then alighting and, on it's padlike feet, daintily picking its way across the surface.”
Raiders of Gor

 

 
 
           Reptiles
 

Hith, Golden
A rare Gorean python, large enough for it to be difficult for a man to encircle it's body with his arms.

“In another case, somnolent and swollen, I saw a rare golden hith, a Gorean python whose body, even when unfed, it would be difficult for a full-grown man to encircle with his arms.”
Priest Kings of Gor page 191

Lizard, water
Small lizards found in the Swamps of Ar, capable of picking a body clean of flesh within ehn's, much like Earthen piranha

“I realised the small water lizards of the swamp forest were engaged in their grisly work.”
Tarnsman of Gor page 85

“As the water lizards had fed, the carcass, lightened, had shifted position, rolling in the water. Now, in a matter of minutes, the skeleton was visible, picked almost clean, the bones gleaming except where small lizards skittered about on them, seeking a last particle of flesh.”
Tarnsman of Gor page 86

Mamba
Large predatory variety of river tharlarion which inhabits the rivers of the rainforests inland of Schendi. It is believed the cannibalistic Mamba People take their name from this flesh eating animal.

“The word ‘Mamba’ in most of the river dialects does not refer to a venomous reptile as might be expected, given its meaning in English, but, interestingly, is applied rather generally to most types of predatory river tharlarion.”
Explorers of Gor page 393

Marine Saurian, Reptilian
Reptilian-like scavengers found in the Thassa, more than 20 ft in length, it has a long neck and small head with rows of small teeth. Its appendages are like broad paddles.

“I had seen, yesterday, the long neck of a marine saurian lift from the waters of gleaming Thassa, It had a small head, and rows of small teeth. Its appendages were like broad paddles. Then it had lowered its head and disappeared. Such beasts, in spite of their frightening appearance, are apparently harmless to men.”
Slave Girl of Gor

Marine Saurian
Fish-like predator with long, toothed snouts that are silent and aggressive; sailors fear them as they do the long-bodied sharks.

“Far more common, and dangerous, are certain fishlike marine saurians, with long, toothed snouts; they are silent and aggressive, and sailors fear them as they do the long-bodied sharks.”
Slave Girl of Gor

Marsh Moccasin
Dark, poisonous snake about five feet long with a small triangular head. It inhabits the waters of the Vosk Delta.

Ost
Tiny bright orange snake, about 12 inches long; its venom causes extremely painful death within seconds. It is the most venomous snake on Gor.

“As I tore the thing from my leg, glad that the sting had not been that of the venomous ost, the three hurtling moons of Gor broke from the dark cover of the clouds.”
Outlaw of Gor

Ost, Rainforest
A snake of the Schendi rainforest: this variety is red with black stripes.

“The ost is usually an orange snake, but these were Ushindi osts, which are red with black stripes. Anatomically, and with respect to toxin, I am told they are almost identical to the common ost.”
Explorers of Gor page 239

Tharlarion
One of several types of large reptiles, some of which have been domesticated, it's fat is rendered to provide lamp oil; see also mamba and Ul.

“He lit the small hanging tent lamp, a wick set in a copper bowl of tharlarion oil, and in its flickering light turned to the sleeping mat.”
Tarnsman of Gor

“Through the trees I could see tent canvas, a tharlarion wagon, the strap-masters unharnessing a brace of low tharlarions, the huge, herbivorous draft lizards of Gor.”
Outlaw of Gor

Tharlarion, Broad
Sluggish tharlarion used as draft animals; herbivorous.

“It was drawn by a single tharlarion, a broad tharlarion, one of Gor's quadrupled draft lizards.”
Kajira of Gor

Tharlarion, High
Agile tharlarion used as a mount for riding. Their forelegs are very short, almost useless; carnivorous.

“The tarn is one of the two most common mounts of a Gorean warrior; the other is the high tharlarion, a species of saddle-lizrd, used mostly by clans who have never mastered tarns.”
Tarnsman of Gor

“The high tharlarions, unlike their draught brethren, the slow-moving, four-footed broad tharlarion, were carnivorous. However, their metabolism was slower than that of a tarn, whose mind never seemed far from food and, if it was available, could consume half its weight in a single day. Moreover, they needed far less water than tarns.” Tarnsman of Gor

Tharlarion, Land
Land dwelling tharlarion used for towing. The land tharlarion can swim, though not as efficiently as the river tharlarion.

“Those approaching were drawn by land tharlarion, plodding on log roads along the edges of the river. The land tharlarion can swim barges across the river, but he is not as efficient as the vast river tharlarion.”
Captive of Gor page 81


Tharlarion, Marsh
Inhabitants of the marshes that comprise the delta of the Vosk; similar to crocodile.

"You will be thrown bound to the marsh tharlarion, of course," said Ho-Hak.”
Raiders of Gor page 21

“We saw one rencer screaming in the water, caught in the jaws of a marsh tharlarion.”
Raiders of Gor page 53

“My leg was out of the water, but now the water seemed yellow with the flashing bodies of tiny tharlarion, and beyond them, I heard the hoarse grunting of the great marsh tharlarion, some of which grow to be more than thirty feet in length, weighing more than half a hundred men.”
Raiders of Gor page 57


Tharlarion, Racing
These high tharlarions are bred and registered for racing. Unlike the animals used as cavalry, these are chosen from \'medium class\' tharlarion, being smaller and lighter. Famous bloodlines include Venetzia, Toraii, and Thalonian.

“Although our mounts were such, they are not to be confused with the high tharlarion commonly used by Gorean shock cavalry, swift, enormous beasts the charge of which can be so devastating to unformed infantry. If one may use terminology reminiscent of the sea, these were medium-class tharlarion, comparatively light beasts, at least compared to their brethren of the contact cavalries, such cavalries being opposed to the sorts commonly employed in missions such as foraging, scouting, skirmishing and screening troop movements. Rather our mounts were typical of the breeds from which are extracted racing tharlarion, of the sort used, for example, in the Vennan races. To be sure, it is only select varieties of such breeds, such as the Venetzia, Torarii and Thalonian, which are commonly used for the racers. As one might suppose, the blood lines of the racers are carefully kept and registered, as are, incidentally, those of many other sorts of expensive bred animals, such as tarsks, sleen and verr.” Magicians of Gor page 289

Tharlarion, River (1)
Extremely large, herbivorous, web-footed lizards used by bargemen of the Cartius River to pull barges.

“These barges, constructed of layered timbers of Ka-la-na wood, are towed by teams of river tharlarion, domesticated, vast,herbivorous, web-footed lizards raised and driven by the Cartius bargemen, fathers and sons, interrelated clans, claiming the status of a caste for themselves.”
Nomads of Gor pages 3 - 4


Tharlarion, River (2)
Crocodile-type animal; implied to be carnivorous and very similar to the marsh tharlarion.

“Remember,” she said, “that I was forced to do this, that I not be hurled to the waiting jaws of crocodiles, beasts much like river tharlarion. That I not suffer so horrible a fate I knew that I must please him well, and as the slave which I had now been proven to be.”
Explorers of Gor page 328

“The word ‘Mamba’ in most of the river dialects does not refer to a venomous reptile as might be expected, given its meaning in English, but, interestingly, is applied rather generally to most types of predatory river tharlarion. The Mamba people were, so to speak, the Tharlarion people. The Mamba people ate human flesh. So, too, does the tharlarion. It Is thus, doubtless, that the people obtained their name.”
Explorers of Gor pages 393 - 394

Tharlarion, Rock
A small, six-toed reptile of the south.

“I looked at the tiny lamp on the shelf near the door. It smoked, and burned oil, probably from tiny rock tharlarions, abundant south of Tor in the spring.”
Tribesmen of Gor

“…or are pursued by small pet sleen, kept there for that purpose, or with the tiny, six-toed rock tharlarion of southern Torvaldsland, favored for their legs and tails, which are speared by children.”
Marauders of Gor

Tharlarion, Water (sea-tharlarion)
Described as not much more than \'teeth and tail\', this tiny scavenger follows in the wake of the larger water tharlarion and is not more than 6 inches long. It inhabits the marshes


“Nothing had yet broken the surface. It would probably be a sea-tharlarion, or perhaps several such; sometimes the smaller sea-tharlarion, seemingly not much more than teeth and tail, puttering in packs beneath the waves, are even more to be feared than their larger brethren, some of whom in whose jaws an entire galley can be raised from the surface of the sea and snapped in two like a handful of dried reeds of the rence plant.”
Nomads of Gor

“Immediately following I saw the water seem to glitter for a moment, a rain of yellowish streaks beneath the surface, in the wake of water tharlarion, doubtless its swarm of scavengers, tiny water tharlarion, about six inches long, little more than teeth and tail.”
Raiders of Gor page 1

Ul
Winged predatory tharlarion, found flying over the deltas surrounding Port Kar. This reptile has a 25 foot wing span and a long, snakelike tail, terminating with a flat spade like structure.

“A brightly plumaged bird sprang from the rushes to my left, screaming and beating its sudden way into the blue sky. In a moment it had darted again downward to be lost in the rushes, the waving spore stalks, the seed pods of various growths of the Gorean tidal marshes. Only one creature in the marshes dares to outline itself against the sky, the predatory Ul, the winged tharlarion.”
Raiders of Gor page 1

 

 
           Mammals
 

Anteater
Over six varieties inhabit the Schendi rainforests. The great spined anteater grows to 20 ft in length and feeds on white ants or termites using their mighty claws to break apart their towering nests of toughened clay, then darting it's 4 foot saliva coated tongue, drawing thousands into it's narrow tube-like mouth.

“A great spined anteater, more than twenty feet in length, shuffled about the edges of the camp. We saw its long, thin tongue dart in and out of its mouth.”
Explorers of Gor page 29

“More than six varieties of anteater are also found here, and more than twenty kinds of small, fleet, single-horned tabuk.”
Explorers of Gor page 312

Armored Gatch
A marsupial mammal found in the Schendi rainforests

“On the floor itself are also found several varieties of animal life, in particular marsupials, such as the armored gatch, and rodents, such as slees and ground urts.”
Explorers of Gor page 312

Bosk
A large shambling animal, its neck is thick and humped, with long, shaggy hair. It has a wide head and tiny red eyes, two long horns curving from its head, and a fearful temper. The horns, from tip to tip can measure two spears in length. It is for good reason the bosk is called \'The Mother of the Wagon Peoples\'. It's flesh and milk furnish food and drink, its hides provide shelter, its tanned and sewn skin provides clothing. Weapons are made from the leather of it's hump, tools and implements from it's bone and horns, and the dung is dried and used for fuel. The bosk is revereed and slaughtering it without reason carries sever penalties.

“In several cases tarns have devoured their own masters, and it is not unusual for them, when loosed for feeding, to attack a human being with the same predatory zest they bestow on the yellow antelope, the tabuk, their favorite kill, or the ill- tempered, cumbersome bosk, a shaggy, long-haired wild ox of the Gorean plains.”
Outlaw of Gor

“The bosk, without which the Wagon Peoples could not live, is an oxlike creature. It is a huge, shambling animal, with a thick, humped neck and long, shaggy hair. It has a wide head and tiny red eyes, a temper to match that of a sleen, and two long, wicked horns that reach out from its head and suddenly curve forward to terminate in fearful points. Some of these horns, on the larger animals, measured from tip to tip, exceed the length of two spears.”
Nomads of Gor pages 4-5

Deer
Common name for certain hoofed, artiodactyl mammals, usually characterized by bony, often branching antlers that are shed and regenerated annually.

"Perhaps," suggested Gorm, "it is diseased or injured, and can no longer hunt the swift deer of the north ?"
Marauders of Gor page 108

Frevet
Small mammal, very quick, kept in some homes for insect control.

“The small animal skittered backward, with a sound of claws on the boards. Its eyes gleamed in the reflected light of the lamp. "Generally, too, they do not come this high," said the proprietor. "That is a frevet." The frevet is a small, quick, mammalian insectivore. "We have several in the house," he said. "They control the insects, the beetles and lice, and such."
Mercenaries of Gor page 276

Giani
Tiny panther, approximately the size of an Earthen cat, of solitary habits which inhabits the low branches of ground level in rainforests inland of Schendi.

“In the lower branches of the “ground zone” may be found, also, small animals, such as tarsiers, nocturnal jit monkeys, black squirrels, four-toed leaf urts, jungle varts and the prowling, solitary giani, tiny, cat-sized panthers, not dangerous to man.”
Explorers of Gor page 312

Guernon Monkey
Found in the jungle along the Ua river; recognized by their chattering sound.

“Trees surrounded us. Overhead bright jungle birds flew. We could hear the chattering of guernon monkeys about.”
Explorers of Gor page 307

“Guernon monkeys, too, usually inhabit this level…”
Explorers of Gor page 311

Hurt
A domesticated marsupial raised on fenced in ranches in several of Gor's northern cities. It is a two legged animal and has black wool which is sheared by slaves. It is herded by domesticated sleen.

“Cernus of Ar wore a coarse black robe, woven probably from the wool of the bounding, two-legged Hurt, a domesticated marsupial raised in large numbers in the environs of several of Gor's northern cities. The Hurt, raised on large, fenced ranches, herded by domesticated sleen and sheared by chained slaves, replaces its wool four times a year.” Assassin of Gor page 39

Jit Monkey
A nocturnal simian mammal which inhabits the Schendi rainforests.

“In the lower branches of the “ground zone” may be found, also, small animals, such as tarsiers, nocturnal jit monkeys, black squirrels, four-toed leaf urts, jungle varts and the prowling, solitary giani, tiny, cat-sized panthers, not dangerous to man.”
Explorers of Gor page 312

Kaiila, Desert
Also known as sand kaiila; relative of the southern Kailla this omnivorous animal is similar in most aspects barring pelt color and rearing of young; pelt color is tawny or black and young are suckled for a length of time. The men of the Tahari Desert use this mount.

“The sand kaiila, or desert kaiila, is a kaiila, and handles similarly, but it is not identically the same animal which is indigenous, domestic and wild, in the middle latitudes of Gor's southern hemisphere; that animal, used as a mount by the Wagon Peoples, is not found in the northern hemisphere of Gor; there is obviously a phylogenetic affinity between the two varieties, or species; I conjecture, though I do not know, that the sand kaiila is a desert-adapted mutation of the subequatorial stock; both animals are lofty, proud, silken creatures, long-necked and smooth-gaited; both are triply lidded, the third lid being a transparent membrane, of great utility in the blasts of the dry storms of the southern plains or the Tahari; both creatures are comparable in size, ranging from some twenty to twenty-two hands at the shoulder; both are swift; both have incredible stamina; under ideal conditions both can range six hundred pasangs in a day; in the dune country, of course, in the heavy, sliding sands, a march of fifty pasangs is considered good; both, too, I might mention, are high-strung, vicious-tempered animals; in pelt the southern kaiila ranges from a rich gold to black; the sand kaiila, on the other hand, are almost all tawny, though I have seen black sand Kaiila…”
Tribesmen of Gor

Kaiila, Southern
Large (20-22 hands) carnivorous mammal with long neck and silky fur; its eyes have 3 lids; is viviparous has incredible stamina (capable of covering 600 in a day) in spite of its vicious temper it can be trained for riding. It has a rich gold to black colored fur. The kaiila is a mammal, but there is no suckling of the young, who begin hunt within hours of birth. These are the mounts of the Wagon Peoples.

“The mount of the Wagon Peoples, unknown in the northern hemisphere of Gor, is the terrifying but beautiful kaiila. It is a silken, carnivorous, lofty creature, graceful, long-necked, smooth-gaited. It is viviparous and undoubtedly mammalian, though there is no suckling of the young. The young are born vicious and by instinct, as soon as they can struggle to their feet, they hunt.”
Nomads of Gor page 13

Kailiauk, Barrens, Herds Of
Gigantic, dangerous beast that stands 20-25 hands at the shoulder and weighing as much as 4,000 lbs, they migrate across the Barrens in massive herds, hunted by Red Savages and those who trade in their hides. They have a trident horn.

“Their culture tends to be nomadic, and is based on the herbivorous, lofty kaiila, substantially the same animal as is found in the Tahari, save for the wider footpads of the Tahari beast, suitable for negotiating deep sand, and the lumbering, gregarious, short-tempered, trident-homed kailiauk.”
Savages of Gor

Kailiauk, Forest
Four-legged wide-headed, lumbering, stocky ruminants, described as short-trunked and tawny. The males have 3 trident-like horns, with brown and reddish bars on the haunches. The males are 400 to 500 Gorean stone (1600-2000lbs) and are 10 hands at the shoulder. The females are 8 hands and weigh 300 - 400 Gorean stone (1200-1600 lbs). Their horns and tooled hides are major exports of the port of Schendi.

”Kailiauk are four-legged, wide-headed, lumbering, stocky ruminants. Their herds are usually found in the savannahs and plains north and south of the rain forests, but some herds frequent the forests as well. These animals are short-trunked and tawny. They commonly have brown and reddish bars on the haunches. The males, tridentlike, have three horns. These horns bristle from their foreheads. The males are usually about ten hands at the shoulders and the females about eight hands. The males average about four hundred to five hundred Gorean stone in weight, some sixteen hundred to two thousand pounds, and the females average about three to four hundred Gorean stone in weight, some twelve hundred to sixteen hundred pounds.”
Explorers of Gor page 93

Kailiauk, Prairie
Short-trunked, stocky, awkward ruminant of the plains. Tawny in color with red and brown bars on their haunches. Their wide heads bear a trident horn. They instinctively circle when resting, their she's and young protected within.

“Even past me there thundered a lumbering herd of startled, short-bunked kailiauk, a stocky, awkward ruminant of the plains, tawny, wild, heavy, their haunches marked in red and brown bars, their wide heads bristling with a trident of horns; they had not stood and formed their circle, she's and young within the circle of tridents..”
Nomads of Gor page 2

Kur
A large (8-9') furred 4 legged mammal which can stand upright or on all fours; each paw has 6 multiple-jointed digits with retractable claws and an opposing thumb. It has 2 rows of teeth. They are extremely strong and ferocious regarding humans as food. The Kur are members of an alien race, the Kurii.

“The thing, its head lifted, surveyed the assembly of free men. The pupils of its eyes, in the sunlight, were extremely small and black. They were like points in the yellowish green cornea. I knew that, in darkness, they could swell, like dark moons, to fill almost the entire optic orifice, some three or four inches in width. Evolution, on some distant, perhaps vanished world, had adapted this life form for both diurnial and nocturnal hunting. Doubtless, like the cat, it hunted when hungry, and its efficient visual capacities, like those of the cats, meant that there was no time of the day or night when it might not be feared. Its head was approximately the width of the chest of a large man. It had a flat snout, with wide nostrils. Its ears were large, and pointed. They lifted from the side of its head, listening, and then lay back against the furred sides ofthe head. Kurii, I had been told, usually, in meeting men, laid the ears back against the sides of their heads, to increase their resemblance to humans. The ears are often laid back, also, incidentally, in hostility or anger, and, always, in its attacks. It is apparently physiologically im-possible for a Kur to attack without its shoulders hunching, its claws emerging, and its ears lying back against the head. The nostrils of the beast drank in what information it wished, as they, like its eyes, surveyed the throng. The trail-ing capacities of the Kurii are not as superb as those of the sleen, but they were reputed to be the equal of those of larls. The hearing, similarly, is acute. Again it is equated with that of the larl, and not the sharply-sensed sleen. There was little doubt that the day vision of the Kurii was equivalent to that of men, if not superior, and the night vision, of course, was infinitely superior; their sense of smell, too, of course, was inccmparably superior to that of men, and their sense of hearing as well. Moreover, they, like men, were rational. Like men, they were a single-brained organism, limited by a spinal column.”
Marauders of Gor page 169

Larl
A large (7 ft. at shoulder) feline cat like pupils and a broad viper shaped head; carnivorous; similar to a lion; the females of the species tends to be smaller.

“The larl is a predator, clawed and fanged, quite large, often standing seven feet at the shoulder. I think it would be fair to say that it is substantially feline; at any rate its grace and sinuous power remind me of the smaller but similarly fearsome jungle cats of my old world.”
Priest Kings of Gor page 18

“The larl’s head is broad, sometimes more than two feet across, and shaped roughly like a triangle, giving its skull something of the cast of a viper’s save that of course it is furred and the pupils of the eyes like the cat’s and unlike the viper’s, can range from knifelike slits in the broad daylight to dark, inquisitive moons in the night.”
Priest Kings of Gor page 18

Larl, Black
Predominately nocturnal larl which is sable coated and maned both male and female.

“The black larl, which is predominantly nocturnal, is manned, both male and female.”
Priest Kings of Gor page 18

Larl, Red
Predominately day hunting larl which is tawny-red coated and has no mane in either male or female.

“The red larl, which hunts whenever hungry, regardless of the hour, and is the more common variety, possesses no mane. Females of both varieties tend generally to be slightly smaller than the males, but are quite as aggressive and sometimes even more dangerous, particularly in the late fall and winter of the year when they are likely to be hunting for their cubs.”
Priest Kings of Gor pages 18 - 19

Larl, White
Seen only in the icy mountains of the Sardar they are the largest of the big cats approximately 8 feet standing; upper canines extending below their jaws very similar to saber-toothed tiger; long tails are tufted at the ends.

“There was a sudden startled rattle of chains and I saw two huge, white larls frozen in the momentary paralysis of registering my presence, and then with but an instant’s fleeting passage both beasts turned upon me and hurled themselves enraged to the lengths of their chains.”
Priest Kings of Gor page 22

“They were gigantic beasts, superb specimens, perhaps eight feet at the shoulder. Their upper canine fangs, like daggers mounted in their jaws, must have been at least a foot in length and extended well below their jaws in the manner of ancient sabre-toothed tigers. The four nostril slits of each animal were flared and their great chests lifted and fell with the intensity of their excitement. Their tails, long and tufted at the end, lashed back and forth.”
Priest Kings of Gor page 22

Lart, Snow
A small mammal, about 10 inches high, weighing between 8 and 12 pounds having 4 legs. The snow lart has two stomachs and hunts in summer, filling the second stomach in the fall to last the animal through winter. It's pelt is snowy white and thick. It is considered valuable, selling in Ar for half a silver tarsk. They are found in the Polar North.

"I had them both for the pelt of a snow lart and the pelts of four leems," said Imnak, rather pleased with himself.”
Beasts of Gor

Leem
A small arctic rodent some five to ten ounces in weight which hybernates in the winter. Its furs are sold by the Red Hunters.

“It is mammalian, and has four legs. It eats bird’s eggs and preys on the leem, a small arctic rodent, some five to ten ounces in weight, which hibernates during the winter.” Beasts of Gor

Panther, Jungle
Less dangerous to man than the northern variety: found in the Schendi rainforest.

“On the jungle floor, as well, are found jungle larls and jungle panthers, of diverse kinds, and many smaller catlike predators. These, on the whole, however, avoid men. They are less dangerous in the rain forest, generally, than in the northern latitudes.”
Explorers of Gor page 312

Porcupine, Long-Tailed
Animal of the canopy level of the rainforest.

“Here, too, may be found snakes and monkeys, gliding urts, leaf urts, squirrels, climbing, long-tailed porcupines, lizards, sloths, and the usual varieties of insects, ants, centipedes, scorpions, beetles and flies, and so on.”
Explorers of Gor page 311

Quala
(pl. qualae) Tiny, three-toed mammal, dun-colored with a stiff, brushy mane of black hair.

“Near one of the green stretches I saw what I first thought was a shadow, but as the tarn passed, it scattered into a scampering flock of tiny creatures, probably the small, three-toed mammals called qualae, dun-coloured and with a stiff brushy mane of black hair.”
Tarnsman of Gor

Slee
A rodent found on the ground zone of the Schendi rainforests.

“On the floor itself are also found several varieties of animal life, in particular marsupials, such as the armored gatch, and rodents, such as slees and ground urts.”
Explorers of Gor page 312

Sleen, Forest
Lizard like mammal, up to 20 feet long, sinuous, black or brown in color. It is furred. In its attack frenzy it is one of the most dangerous animals on Gor.

“The animal was some twenty feet in length, some eleven hundred pounds in weight, a forest sleen, domesticated. It was double fanged and six-legged. It crouched down and inched forward. Its belly fur must have touched the tiles. It wore a leather sleen collar but there was no leash on the leash loop.”
Beasts of Gor

Sleen, Gray
Said to be Gor's finest tracker, this six legged sleen is a furred mammal with silver gray fur. It has an agile, sinuous body, thick as a drum and is 14-15 feet long. The gray sleen has a broad triangular head and a huge jaw with two rows of fangs and a dark tongue. It's widely set eyes have slit-like pupils. As is true for all sleens, it has six legs. This breed is relentless and tenacious. It can follow a scent that is weeks old for a thousand pasangs.

“"Keep you legs apart," he said. "It is a gray sleen. I raised it from a whelp. Ah, greetings, Borko! How are you, old fellow?”
 Dancer of Gor page 160

Sleen, Hunting
The hunting sleen is a hunter of men. It is 20 feet in length and weighs eleven hundred pounds. This domesticated forest sleen is double-fanged and six-footed. It's tail tends to switch back and forth, getting rigid, as it hunts, it's ears flatten against it's head just prior to it's final \'charge\' attack on it's prey.

“Hunting sleen are trained to scent out and destroy escaped slaves. Their senses are unusually keen. Tuchuks, in the south, as I recalled, had also used sleen to hunt slaves, and, of course, to protect their herds.”
Raiders of Gor page 105

Sleen, Prairie
The prairie sleen is tawny in color, smaller than the forest sleen, but just as unpredictable and vicious. Domesticated prairie sleen are used for hunting and nocturnal herd sleen are used as shepherds and sentinels. They are released from their cages with the falling of darkness, responding only to the voice of their master.

“..farther to one side I saw a pair of prairie sleen, smaller than the forest sleen but quite as unpredictable and vicious, each about seven feet in length, furred, six-legged, mammalian, moving in their undulating gait with their viper's heads moving from side to side, continually testing the wind..”
Nomads of Gor page 2

Sleen, Snow
Inhabits the northern regions. Always white in color.

‘In Lydius,’ said he, ‘we encounter often the furs of snow sleen, fresh and handsome and warm.”
Beasts of Gor

“Two sorts of beasts are kept in domestication in the north; the first sort of beast is the snow sleen; the second is the white-skinned woman.”
Beasts of Gor

Sloth
A slow-moving arboreal edentate mammal they hang from branches back downward and feed on leaves and fruits

“Here, too, may be found snakes and monkeys, gliding urts, leaf urts, squirrels, climbing, long-tailed porcupines, lizards, sloths, and the usual varieties of insects, ants, centipedes, scorpions, beetles and flies, and so on.”
Explorers of Gor page 311

Squirrels, Black
Animal of the ground zone of the rain forest.

“In the lower branches of the “ground zone” may be found, also, small animals, such as tarsiers, nocturnal jit monkeys, black squirrels, four-toed leaf urts, jungle varts and the prowling, solitary giani, tiny, cat-sized panthers, not dangerous to man.”
Explorers of Gor page 312

Tabuk, Common
Resembles an antelope, yellow in color with a single horn, found in many area's of Gor. It travels in fleet footed herds and haunts the ka-la-na thickets of the planet occasionally venturing into the meadows in search of berries and salt. It's meat is used as food by men (often as tabuk steak) and animals. It is a favorite prey of Tarns.

“The tabuk is the most common Gorean antelope, a small graceful animal, one-horned and yellow, that haunts the Ka- la-na thickets of the planet and occasionally ventures daintily into its meadows in search of berries and salt. It is also one of the favorite kills of a tarn.”
Outlaw of Gor

Tabuk, Northern
Much larger than the smaller southern variety, tawny and swift, standing ten hands at the shoulders. They have a single spiraling ivory horn, which can be 2 1/2 inches in diameter at the base and over a yard in length. The Red Hunters are irrevocably tied to the tabuk for sustenance and the devices of daily living much like the Wagon Peoples and the bosk, and the Red Savages and the kailiauk.

“They were northern tabuk, massive, tawny and swift, many of them ten hands at the shoulder, a quite different animal from the small, yellow-pelted, antelopelike quadruped of the south. On the other hand, they, too, were distinguished by the single horn of the tabuk. On these animals, however, that object, in swirling ivory, was often, at its base, some two and one-hall inches in diameter, and better than a yard in length.”
Beasts of Gor

Tabuk, Prairie
Described as tawny and gazelle-like with a single horn, it responds to threat by scurrying away or lying down. Presumably this reponse is useful because of the high grass of the Barrens as most predators depend on vision to detect and locate it's prey.

“Once a tabuk, a prairie tabuk, tawny in the Barrens, single horned, gazellelike, had grazed nearby. It had browsed within feet of us.” Blood Brothers of Gor page 316

Tarsiers
An undescribed animal of the rainforests.

“In the lower branches of the “ground zone” may be found, also, small animals, such as tarsiers, nocturnal jit monkeys, black squirrels, four-toed leaf urts, jungle varts and the prowling, solitary giani, tiny, cat-sized panthers, not dangerous to man.”
Explorers of Gor page 312

Tarsk
Fat, brindled short-legged quadraped; hoofed, flat-snouted, having a bristly mane which runs down its spine to the base of the tail. In the wild, it is viciously aggressive. A common source of meat, and is often roasted whole. Market of Semris is famed for it's tarsk markets.

“The tarsk, a small one, no more than forty pounds, tasked, snorting, bits of leaf scattering behind it, charged. It swerved, slashing with its curved tusks, and I only man. aged to turn it aside with the point of the raider’s spear I carried, one of four such weapons we had had since our brief skirmish with raiders, that in which we had obtained our canoe, that which had occurred in the marsh east of Ushindi. It had twisted hack on me with incredible swiftness. Suddenly it turned its short wide head, with that bristling mane running down its back to its tail. “Get behind me!” I called to the girl. It put down its head, mounted on that short, thick neck, and, scrambling, charged at the blond-haired barbarian. She stumbled back, screaming, and, the animal at her legs, fell. But in that moment, from the side, I thrust the animal from her. It, immediately, turned again. I thrust it again to the side. This time, suddenly, before it could turn again, I, with a clear stroke, thrust the spear through its thick-set body, behind the right foreleg.”
Explorers of Gor pages 345 - 346

Tarsk, Giant
Presumably similar to the common tarsk, however it stands 10 hands at the shoulder and is hunted with lances from tarnback.

“The giant tarsk, which can stand ten hands at the shoulder, is even hunted with lances from tarnback.”
Explorers of Gor page 345

Urt, Canal
Rapid moving water mammal living along canals; particularly found in Port Kar.

“Behind the man, in the stern, lay the bloody, white-furred bodies of two canal urts. One would have weighed about sixty pounds, and the other, I speculate, about seventy-five or eighty pounds.”
Savages of Gor

Urt, Giant
Fat, sleek, and white, it has 3 rows of needle-like white teeth and 4 horns.

“It was a giant urt, fat, sleek and white; it bared its three rows of needlelike white teeth at me and squealed in anger; two horns, tusks like flat crescents curved from its jaw; another two horns, similar to the first, modifications of the bony tissue forming the upper ridge of the eye socket, protruded over those gleaming eyes that seemed to feast themselves upon me, as if waiting the permission of the keeper to hurl itself on its feeding trough.”
Outlaw of Gor

Urt, Forest
Nocturnal animal living in the forests, hunted by the hook-billed night crying fleer.

“From through the trees, on the other side of the camp, came what I took to be the sound of a bird, the hook-billed, night-crying fleer, which preys on nocturnal forest urts.” Slave Girl of Gor

Urt, Gliding
Animal living in the canopies of the rainforests inland of Schendi.

“Here, too, may be found snakes and monkeys, gliding urts, leaf urts, squirrels, climbing, long-tailed porcupines, lizards, sloths, and the usual varieties of insects, ants, centipedes, scorpions, beetles and flies, and so on.”
Explorers of Gor page 311

Urt, Ground
A small animal which inhabits the floor of the rainforests inland of Schendi.

“In the ground zone, and on the ground itself, are certain birds, some flighted, like the hook-billed gort, which preys largely on rodents, such as ground urts, and the insectivorous whistling finch, and some unflighted, like the grub borer and lang gim.”
Explorers of Gor page 312

Urt, Leaf
A small tree-dwelling rodent having 4 toes which inhabits the rainforests inland of Schendi.

“In the lower branches of the “ground zone” may be found, also, small animals, such as tarsiers, nocturnal jit monkeys, black squirrels, four-toed leaf urts, jungle varts and the prowling, solitary giani, tiny, cat-sized panthers, not dangerous to man.”
Explorers of Gor page 312

Urt, Tree
A small tree-climbing rodent found in the rainforests inland of Schendi

“Monkeys and tree urts, and snakes and insects, however, can also be found in this highest level.”
Explorers of Gor page 311

Vart
Carnivorous; a small, sharp-toothed mammal that flies in flocks.

“The Vart is a small, sharp-toothed winged mammal, carnivorous, which commonly flies in flocks.”
Explorers of Gor page 36

Vart, Brown
Small carnivorous mammals that cling upside down to branches

“I could, however, recognize a row of brown varts, clinging upside down like large matted fists of teeth and fur and leather on the heavy, bare, scarred branch in their case. I saw bones, perhaps human bones, in the bottom of their case.”
Priest Kings of Gor page 191

Vart, Jungle
A relative of the Northern Vart. Inhabits Schendi rainforests

“In the lower branches of the “ground zone” may be found, also, small animals, such as tarsiers, nocturnal jit monkeys, black squirrels, four-toed leaf urts, jungle varts and the prowling, solitary giani, tiny, cat-sized panthers, not dangerous to man.”
Explorers of Gor page 312

Verr
A mountain goat indigenous to the Voltai Mountains; wild, agile, ill-tempered with long hair and spiraling horns; source of a form of wool; it', milk is potable as well as being used for cheese.

“The verr was a mountain goat indigenous to the Voltai. It was a wild, agile, ill-tempered beast, long-haired and spiral-horned. Among the Voltai crags it would be worth one’s life to come within twenty yards of one.”
Priest Kings of Gor page 63

Zeder
A small, sleen-like, carnivorous mammal which inhabits the rainforests inland of Schendi especially along the Ua River. It grows to about 2 feet in length, and weighs 8-10 lbs. It is diurnal, can swim very well, and builds a stick and mud nest in the branches of a tree where it spends the night.

“There is, however, a sleenlike animal, though much smaller, about two feet in length and some eight to ten pounds in weight, the zeder, which frequents the Ua and her tributaries. It knifes through the water by day and, at night, returns to its nest, built from sticks and mud in the branches of a tree overlooking the water.”
Explorers of Gor page 312
 

 
           Marine Life
 


Bint
A carnivorous freshwater marsh eel, fanged, found in the rivers of the rainforests inland of Schendi; a large school of bints can strip a carcass in minutes.

“Ayari nodded, shuddering. Such blood might attract the bint, a fanged, carnivorous marsh eel...”
Explorers of Gor page 267

Crayfish, white
Small and blind, found in the brine pits at Klima

“These, in turn, become food for various flatworms and numerous tiny-segmented creatures, such as isopods, which, in turn, serve as food for small, blind, white crayfish, felts and salamanders.”
Tribesmen of Gor

Eel
A ravenous animal capable of maiming or killing a slave in moments. Some varieties are edible and considered a gorean delicacy. Varieties include: river eel, black eel, and spotted eel.

“Not only must they fear the marsh sharks and the carnivorous eels which frequent the lower delta..”
Raiders of Gor page 6

“Many estates, particularly country homes, have pools in which fish are kept. Some of these pools contains voracious eels, of various sorts, river eels, black eels, the spotted eel, and such, which are Gorean delicacies.”
Magicians of Gor page 428

Eel, Dock
A black freshwater fish 4 feet long, weighing 8-10 lbs.; carnivorous and aggressive, they inhabit the shallow waters around the dock and wharves of river ports.

“The dock eels, black, about four feet long, are tenacious creatures. They had not relinquished their hold on the flesh in their jaws when they had been forcibly struck away from the leg, back into the water.”
Rogue of Gor page 155

“I was only dimly conscious of the wetness of my back. Then something wet and heavy, slithering; leapt upward out of the water, and splashed back. My leg felt stinging. It had not been able to fasten its jaws on me. I looked downward. Two more heads, tapering, menacing, solid, were emerged from the water, looking up at me. Then, streaking from under the water, suddenly breaking its surface, another body, some four feet in length, about eight or ten pounds in weight, leapt upward...I knew that the fastening of those jaws, in a fair bite, could gouge ounces of flesh from a man's body.”
Rogue of Gor page 130

Gint
A freshwater fish, about 6 inches, which inhabits the rivers of the rainforests inland of Schendi; it has bulbous eyes and flipper-like fins; having both lungs and gills; is capable of walking on its pectoral fins; often found in the company of tharlarion feeding off the scraps of their kills.

“I recalled, sunning themselves on exposed roots near the river, tiny fish. They were bulbous eyed and about six inches long, with tiny flipperlike lateral fins. They had both lungs and gills. Their capacity to leave the water, in certain small streams, during dry seasons, enables them to seek other streams, still flowing, or pools. This property also, of course, makes it possible for them to elude marine predators and, on the land, to return to the water in case of danger. Normally they remain quite close to the water. Sometimes they even sun themselves on the backs of resting or napping tharlarion. Should the tharlarion submerge the tiny fish often submerges with it, staying close to it, but away from its jaws. Its proximity to the tharlarion affords it, interestingly, an effective protection against most of its natural predators, in particular the black eel, which will not approach the sinuous reptiles. Similarly the tiny fish can thrive on the scraps from the ravaging jaws of the feeding tharlarion. They will even drive one another away from their local tharlarion, fighting in contests of intraspecific aggression, over the plated territory of the monster’s back. The remora fish and the shark have what seem to be, in some respects, a similar relationship. These tiny fish, incidentally, are called gints.”
Explorers of Gor pages 299 - 300

Gint, Giant
A large cousin of the gint found in western Gor similar in appearance but with a 4-spined dorsal fin; is also amphibious and capable of walking on its pectoral fins.

“The creature which had surfaced near us, perhaps ten feet in length, and a thousand pounds in weight, was scaled and had large, bulging eyes. It had gills, but it, too, gulped air, as it had regarded us. It was similar to the tiny lung fish I had seen earlier on the river, those little creatures clinging to the half-submerged roots of shore trees, and, as often as not, sunning themselves on the backs of tharlarion, those tiny fish called gints. Its pectoral fins were large and fleshy.”
Explorers of Gor page 384

“I saw the large fish, one of the bulging-eyed fish we had seen earlier, a gigantic gint, or like a gigantic gint, it now having slipped over the channel’s sill, disappear under the water. “Hurry!” I called to her. Wildly she was splashing toward the shore. She looked back once. She screamed again. Its four-spined dorsal fin could be seen now, the fish skimming beneath the water, cutting rapidly towards her.”
Explorers of Gor page 389

Grunt
A large carnivorous salt-water fish which inhabits Thassa; is attracted by blood

“.....a large game fish that haunts the plankton banks to feed on parsit fish.”
Marauders of Gor page 59

Grunt, Blue
A small carnivorous freshwater fish related to the Thassa grunt; also attracted by blood like its larger cousin.

“Ayari nodded, shuddering. Such blood might attract the bint, a fanged, carnivorous marsh eel, or the predatory, voracious blue grunt, a small, fresh-water variety of the much larger and familiar salt-water grunt of Thassa.”
Explorers of Gor page 267

Grunt, Great Speckled
A fish inhabiting the Thassa and caught as food for sailors.

“Half out of the water, then returning to it, I saw a great speckled grunt, four-gilled. It dove, and swirled away.”
Slave Girl of Gor

Grunt, White-Bellied
A large game fish found among the plankton beds in the Polar North, feeds on parsit fish. It's eggs are considered a rare delicacy.

“Three other men of the Forkbeard attended to fishing, two with a net, sweeping it along the side of the serpent, for parsit fish, and the third, near the stem, with a hook and line, baited with vulo liver, for the white-bellied grunt, a large game fish which haunts the plankton banks to feed on parsit fish.”
Marauders of Gor page 59

Lelt
A small (5-7 inches) blind fish with fernlike filaments at either side of the head which it uses for sense; white with long fins it swims slowly and is the main food of the salt shark; inhabits the brine pits such as those at Klima in the Tahari.

“The lelt is commonly five to seven inches in length. It is white, and long-finned. It swims slowly and smoothly, its fins moving the water very little, which apparently contributes to its own concealment in a blind environment and makes it easier to detect the vibrations of its prey, any of several varieties of tiny segmented creatures, predominantly isopods.”
Tribesmen of Gor

Lung Fish
Also called gints; small fish found near half-submerged roots of shore trees or sunning on the back of tharlarion.

“It was similar to the tiny lung fish I had seen earlier on the river, those little creatures clinging to the half-submerged roots of shore trees, and, as often as not, sunning themselves on the backs of tharlarion, those tiny fish called gints.”
Explorers of Gor page 384

Marine Saurian, Reptilian
Reptilian-like scavengers found in the Thassa, more than 20 ft in length, it has a long neck and small head with rows of small teeth. Its appendages are like broad paddles.

“I had seen, yesterday, the long neck of a marine saurian lift from the waters of gleaming Thassa, It had a small head, and rows of small teeth. Its appendages were like broad paddles. Then it had lowered its head and disappeared. Such beasts, in spite of their frightening appearance, are apparently harmless to men.”
Slave Girl of Gor

Marine Saurian
Fish-like predator with long, toothed snouts that are silent and aggressive; sailors fear them as they do the long-bodied sharks.

“Far more common, and dangerous, are certain fishlike marine saurians, with long, toothed snouts; they are silent and aggressive, and sailors fear them as they do the long-bodied sharks.”
Slave Girl of Gor

Marsh Shark
Long bodied, almost eel-like nine-gilled inhabitant of the rence island areas of the marsh.

“Beyond them would be the almost eel-like, long-bodied, nine-gilled Gorean marsh sharks.”
Raiders of Gor

Oysters
From the Vosk delta.

“Other girls had prepared the repast, which, for the war camp, was sumptuous indeed, containing even oysters from the delta of the Vosk, a portion of the plunder of a tarn caravan of Ar, such delicacies having been intended for the very table of Marlenus, the Ubar of that great city itself.”
Captive of Gor page 301

Parsit Fish
A silvery fish with brown stripes, they follow the \'parsit current\' in the polar basin. In Torvaldsland, it is smoked and dried, stored in barrels, and used in trade to the south.

“The slender striped parsit fish has vast plankton banks north of the town, and may there, particularly in the spring and the fall, be taken in great numbers. The smell of the fish-drying sheds of Kassau carries far out to sea.”
Marauders of Gor page 27

River Shark
A narrow black carnivorous fish; vicious, with a triangular dorsal fin found in the rivers of Gor.

“Something, with a twist of its great spine, had suddenly darted from the waters under the pier and entered the current of the Laurius. I saw the flash of a triangular, black dorsal fin. I screamed. Lana looked out, pointing after it. "A river shark," she cried, excitedly. Several of the girls looked after it, the fin cutting the waters and disappearing in the fog on the surface.”
Captive of Gor page 79

Salt Shark
A long-bodied (12' or more) fish; carnivorous, having gills situated under the jaw several rows of triangular teeth a sickle-like tail and a sail-like dorsal fin; inhabits brine pits such as those of the Tahari.

“At the top of the food chain in the pits, a descendant, dark-adapted, of the terrors of the ancient seas, stood the long-bodied, nine-gilled salt shark.”
Tribesmen of Gor

Sea Sleen
Aquatic mammal that inhabits the polar seas, following the parsit current in search of their main food source, the parsit fish. There are four main types: black sleen, brown sleen, tusked sleen, flat-nosed sleen. Some remain under the ice year round, mostly dormant but rising every quarter of an Ahn or so to breathe through cracks in the ice.

“The red hunters lived as nomads, dependent on the migrations of various types of animals, in particular the northern tabuk and four varieties of sea sleen. Their fishing and hunting were seasonal, and depended on the animals.”
Beasts of Gor

“The four main types of sea sleen found in the polar seas are the black sleen, the brown sleen, the tusked sleen and the flat-nosed sleen. There is a time of year for the arrival of each, depending on the waves of the parsit migrations. Not all members of a species of sleen migrate.”
Beasts of Gor

Sea Sleen, Black
One of the four main types of sea sleen found in the polar North.

“Her cloak, of black fur, from the black sea sleen, glossy and deep, swirled to her ankles.”
Marauders of Gor

Sea Sleen, Brown
One of the four main types of sea sleen found in the polar North.

“The four main types of sea sleen found in the polar seas are the black sleen, the brown sleen, the tusked sleen and the flat-nosed sleen. There is a time of year for the arrival of each, depending on the waves of the parsit migrations. Not all members of a species of sleen migrate.”
Beasts of Gor

Sea Sleen, Flat-Nosed
One of the four main types of sea sleen found in the polar North.

“The four main types of sea sleen found in the polar seas are the black sleen, the brown sleen, the tusked sleen and the flat-nosed sleen. There is a time of year for the arrival of each, depending on the waves of the parsit migrations. Not all members of a species of sleen migrate.”
Beasts of Gor

Sea Sleen, Rogue
Rare variety of sea sleen found in the Polar North, broader headed more dangerous.

"That, I think, is a rogue sleen," said Imnak. "It is a broad-head, and they are rare in these waters in the fall. Too, see the gray on the muzzle and the scarring on the right side of the head, where the fur is gone?" "Yes," I said. "I think it is a rogue," he said. "Also, see the way he is watching you."
Beasts of Gor

Sea Sleen, Tusked
One of the four main types of sea sleen found in the polar North.

“The four main types of sea sleen found in the polar seas are the black sleen, the brown sleen, the tusked sleen and the flat-nosed sleen. There is a time of year for the arrival of each, depending on the waves of the parsit migrations. Not all members of a species of sleen migrate.”
Beasts of Gor

Sea Sleen, White-Spotted
Its rich fur is used for cloaks.

“And behind them, in a rich swirling cloak of the fur of the white, spotted sea sleen, sword in hand, looking wildly about, was another man, one I did not know.” Raiders of Gor page 299

Shark, River
A narrow black vicious carnivorous fish with a triangular dorsal fin which inhabits the rivers of Gor.

“Following in the wake of the Tesephone, to pick up litter or garbage thrown overboard, were long-bodied river sharks, their bodies sinuous in the half-clear water, about a foot below the surface.”
Hunters of Gor

“He turned and fled to the water. I watched. Luck was not with him. I saw the distant churning in the water, and saw, far off, the narrow head of a river shark, lifting itself, water falling from it, and the dorsal fins, black and triangular, of four others.”
Hunters of Gor


Sorp
A shellfish common esp. in the Vosk river similar to an oyster; like an oyster it manufactures pearls

“Ho-Hak once again sat down on the curved shell of the great Vosk sorp, that shell that served him as a throne in this domain, an island of rence in the delta of the Vosk.” Raiders of Gor page 20

Vosk Turtle
Can grow to be gigantic, these animals are carnivorous, aggressive and persistent. Can be difficult to kill.

“It might, too, be a Vosk turtle. Some of them are gigantic, almost impossible to kill, persistent, carnivorous. Yet, if it had been a tharlarion or a Vosk turtle, it might well have broken the surface for air.” Nomads of Gor page 204

Whale, Baleen
Bluish white spotted whale with a blunt fin, hunted by the Red Hunters.

“Sometimes they managed to secure the northern shark, sometimes even the toothed Hunjer whale or the less common Karl whale, which was a four-fluked, baleen whale. But their life, at best, was a precarious one.”
Beasts of Gor

Whale, Hunjer
Toothed whale hunted by the Red Hunters.

“Sometimes they managed to secure the northern shark, sometimes even the toothed Hunjer whale or the less common Karl whale, which was a four-fluked, baleen whale. But their life, at best, was a precarious one.” Beasts of Gor

Wing fish, Cosian
Also known as song fish due to its whistling mating song; a tiny blue salt-water fish with 4 poisonous spines on its dorsal fin; found in the waters off Port Kar; its liver is considered a delicacy in Turia.

"Now this," Saphrar the merchant was telling me, "is the braised liver of the blue, four-spired Cosian wing fish." This fish is a tiny, delicate fish, blue, about the size of a tarn disk when curled in one's hand; it has three or four slender spines in its dorsal fin, which are poisonous; it is capable of hurling itself from the water and, for brief distances, on its stiff pectoral fins, gliding through the air, usually to evade the smaller sea-tharlarions, which seem to be immune to the poison of the spines. This fish is also some times referred to as the song fish because, as a portion of its courtship rituals, the males and females thrust their heads from the water and utter a sort of whistling sound.”
Nomads of Gor pages 84 - 85