Tokorats, small-to-microscopic false crustaceans and the most numerous consumers in the weedy seas, are the ticks of planet Ectora. They spend their lives crawling through the weed clumps and sucking out juices. Some are able to burrow inside. Others are unable to pierce the thick skins of the sunburst weeds and instead wait for swimming weeds to pass by where they will attach themselves. More than a few species will actually attach to animals and suck blood instead. They will have anywhere from four to ten mouths and any number of legs modified for walking, climbing, swimming, grasping, or digging.
One of the strangest organisms on the planet Ectora is the three-way. Unique in having a gut open in three locations, it has no clear mouth or anus and defies convention. It is adapted to consume both liquid and solid food. Liquid food is drawn in through the needle and waste expelled out the pucker-mouth (this is also where the kidneys empty) while solid food is taken in through the pucker-mouth and expelled through the pore. Weeds are softened with heat produced by electrical resistors in the lips of the pucker-mouth. These three orifices are at the ends of arms they use to grip and crawl through the weeds. They spend most of their lives on one side and some species show minor asymmetry. Some species also swim weakly by means of hairs on their outer edges.
Hookweeds divide in such a way that they remain hooked at the ends. Hooked ends do not produce more individuals and so chains grow in only one dimension, usually alternating between male and female individuals. New chains often form when animals bump apart or chew through existing chains, unhooking the ends. The heart, gills, and gamete blisters grow on the main bodies.
These weeds resemble furry balloons that float on the surface. Their long, hair-like leaves dangle downwards. Unlike other weeds, balloons will release their gametes into the air like pollen instead of into the water. It is only after fertilization that the resulting zygote will contract and fall out of the air to begin its life in the sea.