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General Information
Universe Warcraft
Aliases Crypt Fiend (by the uneducated)
Classification Unknown, though likely belong to Family Formicidae
Species Type Ant
Homeworld Azeroth
Environment Nerubian ruins
Intelligence Sapient
Biochemistry Carbon-based lifeform
Biological Information
Average Height Monstrous
Average Length Monstrous
Average Width Monstrous
Lineage Information
Cultural Information
Affiliation(s) Independent
Sociocultral characteristics
Scientific Taxonomy
Planet Earth
Domain Eukaryota
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Arthropoda
Class Insecta
Order Hymenoptera
Suborder Apocrita
Superfamily Vespoidea
Family Formicidae
Other Information
Status Data Deficient

Ankhegs are a species of monstrous, ant-like creatures indigenous to Azeroth that bear some distant resemblance to the Nerubian race. Ankhegs monopolize the Nerubian wastes, building their cave-like homes beneath the ruins of the Nerubian cities. They prey on those foolish enough to travel to the Nerubian lands in search of lost treasure or ancient knowledge. These desert-loving creatures are extremely dangerous and have in the past been incorrectly identified by the uneducated as giant crypt fiends.

These creatures have existed since the days of the Nerubian cities. Murals on the walls of those ancient cities imply that ankhegs were once captured for gladiatorial matches. One ankheg would face five or more Nerubian warriors, and it was considered a sign of favor from the gods if the Ankheg fought well or was difficult to destroy.

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