The Tree Leech is a small, circular plant having a hole in the center surrounded by jagged tooth-like structures.
It is capable of emitting dull pink bioluminescent glows.
Data Bank Entry
Parasitic, fungus-like growth found attached to other lifeforms. An enzyme is released by the organism which dissolves a hole in the skin of the host, from which it leeches nutrients directly.
Outer, tooth-lined jaw serves no identified purpose. May be used during a different stage of the organism's lifecycle.
Assessment: Exploitable fungal enzymes
- The Tree Leech was originally called the Barnacle Sucker.
- Official artworks released by the developers have listed Tree Leeches as potential hazards in the future updates.
- Earlier versions of Subnautica featured an unimplemented giant crab-like fauna called the Sandworm, that launched surprise attacks on the player from a burrow that greatly resembled a large Tree Leech. It's possible at one point this was the additional stage of lifecycle hinted at in the PDA, and their reason for being listed as a hazard. However the Sandworm has since been removed.