|This article is about the Lava Larva. You may be looking for the Lava Lizard.|
The Lava Larva is a mid-sized, parasitic fauna species.
The Lava Larva has a dark violet body, which is slightly flattened on the top and underneath. It has a striped pattern on the back.
On the front, the Lava Larva has two short, bulbous antennae-like appendages pointing forward. It has a pair of useless eyes surrounded by an orange ring. A glowing, orange-colored pattern rims the creature's mouth and stretches all the way to the other end of its body.
Whilst moving, the Lava Larva emits black particles from its back, these dissipate after a short time.
The more Lava Larva there are attached, the more quickly the energy will drain. In order to get the Lava Larva off, the player must hit it with the Knife, freeze it with the Stasis Rifle, or blast it off with the Propulsion Cannon or Repulsion Cannon. They can also be removed by: the Prawn Suit Propulsion Cannon (if on a Prawn Suit), the Cyclops Shield Generator (if on a Cyclops), and can also be scared off with the Seamoth Perimeter Defense System. A Grav Trap will also drag them away from vehicles. Lava Lizards will also eat the larvae off of the vehicle without causing any damage. If the vehicle's energy is turned off by removing all Power Cells, or the Power Cells are depleted, they will detach and swim away.
Influence on Vehicles
|Number of Lava Larva||Time attached||Energy Lost|
- If the number of Lava Larva should exceed past six, vehicles will lose 1% of energy every second.
Data Bank Entry
A grub-like species which appears to lack sight and smell, but is able to sense and drain thermal and electrical energy in its immediate environment.
Assessment: Avoid when piloting vehicles - Remove to conserve batteries
- Despite being called a larva, the Lava Larva is not currently suggested to be the immature form of any known creature on Planet 4546B; presumably this name is based purely on outward appearance.
- The Lava Larva may have been inspired by the alien creatures present in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Galaxy's Child" as they both share a similar feeding mechanism, shape, and suction ability.