"The Cumone, to me, are the cutest of Haven's many furry critters. They are so miniature, it's often times hard to even see them. And the little squeaking noise they make as they flap their tiny wings melts my heart whenever I hear it."-William Tancard's: Guide to Haven's Glorious Creatures.
The Cumone are a common species of areal rodent prey mammalian organisms native to the many temperate forests across planet Haven, that resemble a small ball shaped aerial rodent. They are most famous for being the smallest mammal species on the planet, only having a maximum length of one inch and a weight of around two grams. They are an extremely common animal, with a global population of around eight billion individual Cumone, and as a result, have become a fundamental pillar of many forests' respective food chains.
They are very often kept as pets by Haven's intelligent populace, with large amounts of the creature being kept in large colonies of hundreds of individual Cumones. As well, wild Cumone have been labeled as an invasive pest species, as they travel in large numbers and pose a risk to crops of produce as they move across the country side, eating thousands of tons of produce and hundreds of acres of farmland.
The Cumone have a rounded, spherical shape with a bipedal build. They have two small legs that are obscured by the thin fur that surrounds them, each having a bird like talon appendage at the end, which the Cumone uses to dig into small leaves and branches. They bodies evolved in a rounded shape in order to better insulate the internal heat within their bodies, as the thick winds they traverse would otherwise freeze them, as well, it also gives them a fairly aerodynamic build, being able to travel across wind currents.
Unlike most prey species, the Cumone have two front-facing eyes, which the Cumone uses to see nearby areas in which to land with expert precision, being able to assess the perfect landing spot by just giving a glace at its surroundings. Despite their expert attention to detail however, their vision range is not very far, only being able to see about thirteen feet in front of themselves. However their hearing range is very impressive, being able to hear things up to a kilometer away, allowing them to pinpoint any would be danger. It has whiskers on the side of its face that they use to stabilize themselves when they land on an object.
Located at the sides of their bodies are two butterfly-like wings that are retracted into their thick fur coating. Once unfurled, these wings take on a translucent, see-through appearance. On the wings, various miniature scales are located all across them, which are used to decrease the amount of drag given to them by the wind current the respective Cumone flies through. Long crack-like patterns are spread across the wings as well, which are used to allow the wings to bend and flap against the wind, allowing the Cumone to fly. They are extremely fast when flying, being able to fly up to forty kilometres an hour. The Cumone moves so quickly, that it often times needs to land to get a rough idea of where it is as its brain is unable to perceive the light around it when going at maximum speed. These wings have a diameter of only around half an inch in length, making it very hard to see.
The Cumone lack wings at birth, and during their early years, they will slowly begin to grow from the sides of their bodies. As a result, the Cumone is utterly dependent on their mother as they grow into adulthood, as without their wings, they are unable to locate any food, as well as avoid would be predators. It will typically take around a standard year for the Cumone to fully grow.
Most Cumone will spend their entire lives foraging for food and water, as well as finding a mate. During the day, the Cumone will fly about its native forest, searching for optimal leaves to feed upon as they are able to determine the water content within said leaf. They will also constantly emit a small squeaking sounds, which they use to locate a mate of the opposite gender, This is a trait that all Cumone share, and they as a collective do so each and every day, leading to the species large population count.
A Cumone will also have a specific nest located atop of a small branch. These nests are typically made out of small twigs, leaves and grass gathered by the Cumone, and will only be about five inches in diameter, allowing for plenty of space for two adult Cumone and a clutch of litter. During the winter months, the Cumone will hibernate in these nests, creating a small cover for the nest out of thick leaves to provide a barrier from the cold.
Cumone exist in large colonies, spread about several trees and nests. These communities of Cumone range widely among different colonies, with some as small as about twenty Cumone, to as a large as a few thousand. They are extremely territorial as well, if an adult Cumone from a foreign colony attempts to encroach on their respective territory, then they will attack the intruder. New members are inducted when one mates with an individual Cumone that is already apart of a colony, and their respective litter will be included among them as well.