|Universe||Super Mario Bros.|
|Species Type||Cheep Cheep|
|Environment||Waters around Acorn Plains, Banshee Boardwalk, Cheep Diamonds Area, Long Fall Falls, Rattle and Hmmm Area, Secret World, Star Coin Deep Dive, Superstar Road, Tiny-Huge Island, Water World, World 1, World 4, Yoshi's Island|
|Reproduction||Sexual; lay eggs|
|Prey||Urchins and other sea creatures, occasionally humans|
|Distinctive Features||Large green dorsal fin on top of back|
|Skin Color||Purple or red|
|Related Species||Boss Bass|
|Members||Bessie Bass, Mega Cheep Chomp|
(Eumetazoans or True Metazoans)
|Infraphylum||Gnathostomata (Jawed Vertebrates)|
|Superclass||Osteichthyes (Bony Fish)|
|Class||Actinopterygii (Ray-Finned Fishes)|
|Subclass||Neopterygii (New Fins)|
(True Ray-finned Fishes)
|Family||Centrarchidae (Freshwater Sunfish)|
|Subfamily||Pukupukinae (Cheep Cheeps)|
|Genus||Exodont (Bucktooth Cheeps)|
Their names are sometimes interchangeably used with Bubbas, but the vast differences in physiology indicate that these are likely two separate species.
Physiology[edit | edit source]
The Cheep Chomp is a large, normally purple-scaled Bucktooth Cheep big enough to swallow a man whole. It will relentlessly chase the next prey-thing it notices, and only moves on after consumption, a very determined animal. It is somewhat distinguished by its large turquoise dorsal fin; however under unknown conditions Cheep Chomps are known to possess a more typical Cheep Cheep coloration, having a red body and yellow dorsal and caudal fins. When this occurs they are difficult to differentiate from less dangerous large Cheep Cheeps.
While Cheep Cheeps often have enlarged lip-like structures along their mouths, those in Cheep Chomps are particularly pronounced. These seemingly protect their large bucktooth from being damaged.
They are notably fine with both saltwater and freshwater environments, and while they are normally found in coastal waters (and presumably in the open ocean given both their size and their widely-spread habitation zone), they have been known to swim upriver.
As with other Cheep Cheep species, it is assumed that Cheep Chomps are mouthbrooders, though no direct evidence of this has been recorded.
A former theory suggested the Cheep Chomp must constantly eat to keep itself alive, however studies show that it will just swim until something comes into sight.
Appearances[edit | edit source]
- Super Mario 64 DS, 2004 (First appearance)
- New Super Mario Bros., 2006
- New Super Mario Bros. Wii, 2009
- New Super Mario Bros. 2, July 28 2012
- Paper Mario: Sticker Star, November 11 2012
- New Super Mario Bros. U, November 18 2012
- New Super Luigi U, June 19 2013
- Mario Party: Island Tour, November 22 2013
- Mario Party 10, March 12 2015
- Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition, April 29 2015
- Super Mario Party, 2018