Panite Small Pet "Lantern":
They have the basic body shape of a dusky hopping mouse [x] [x] [x]
, but their most distinctive feature is the anglerfish-like lure
at the end of their long tails that gives off a bright light. The animal's health can be determined by the quality of the light: a healthy specimen gives off a strong white light and an unhealthy a weaker, more yellowish glow. In the wild they use it for mating displays but more importantly to attract their food source: insects. Plains dwellers fear nothing more than wildfire and the Panite tamed these little animals to take advantage of their bioluminescent tails and limit fire hazards. They are trained to sit on the shoulder or the hand and keep still while their trainer takes advantage of the light. The Panite also values them for agricultural pest control and reducing insect borne diseases.
They are mostly nocturnal but may display some crepuscular behavior in domesticated conditions. Like their body shape suggests, they move around using a 'hopping' gait that is actually quite fast. They also hunt flying insects by athletic leaping jumps after luring them in. They have very large black eyes and sharp teeth to match their diet. Their faces resemble bats rather than rodents, especially Savi's Pipistrelle [x] [x]
They have short fine fur that gets thicker in the winter. Their coats display a pattern called 'ticking'
where the hairs have bands of color and this helps them camouflage themselves. In color they are usually sandy colored shading to pale brown with pale fawn underparts [x]
. Panite use their skins as lining for clothing because of its softness and as trade items.