Scientific name: Haggi insularensis aquam puteum
Haggi insularensis, a unique subspecies of the Haggis family, has evolved a series of remarkable adaptations to thrive in the diverse ecosystems.
Classed as Vulnerable on the Red List of Scottish Haggis (1970)
Adults from late November to early September
The Haggi insularensis aquam puteum, a unique subspecies of the Haggis family, has evolved a series of remarkable adaptations to thrive in the diverse ecosystems of the Orkney and Shetland Islands.
How to identify
Stature and Physique: With a more petite and compact frame, the insularensis is perfectly suited to the varying terrains of its island habitat. Its smaller stature ensures that it can navigate through the dense vegetation of the moorlands with ease, while its robust build provides the strength needed to withstand the often harsh and windy coastal conditions.
Feet Adaptations: One of the most distinctive features of the Haggi insularensis is its webbed feet, a unique adaptation that allows this species to traverse both land and wet terrains with remarkable proficiency. Whether it’s navigating the soft, marshy grounds of the moorlands or maneuvering through rocky coastal areas, the webbing between its toes provides additional surface area, ensuring stability and traction in a variety of environments.
Coat Characteristics: The fur of the insularensis is another testament to its remarkable adaptability. Boasting a more water-resistant quality, the coat serves as a protective layer, shielding the creature from the damp conditions of its habitat while also helping to regulate its body temperature. The fur is dense and plush, ensuring that the Haggi insularensis stays warm even in the cooler temperatures of the islands.
Coloration and Camouflage: Adding to its list of adaptations is the species’ unique coloration. Flecks of blues and greens are intricately woven into its coat, creating a beautiful, chameleon-like effect that mirrors the coastal waters surrounding the islands. This not only provides the creature with a level of camouflage when near the water’s edge but also serves as a stunning visual characteristic of the species.
Not very Common and hard to fine in the Orkney and Shetland Islands.