Common name: Purlovia
Species: Purlovia maxima
Time: Late Permian
Purlovia Maxima perfectly embodies the element of surprise. Though Nanictidopids such as Purlovia were once thought to be herbivores, I discovered that this creature is, in fact, a patient hunter of the most intelligent sort. After burrowing beneath the jungle floor, Purlovia enters a state of hibernation and can go extended periods without any food. When some unfortunate creature eventually wanders by, Purlovia bursts forth from the ground, tearing into its prey with its large canines before the victim can react!
Though Purlovia is ill-suited to the life of a mount, its usefulness in staging an ambush or as a village guardian cannot be understated. With a tamed pack of Purlovia, one could assemble a literal organic minefield of deadly claws and teeth! However, any ambushes using Purlovia must be planned well in advance, as it will refuse to hibernate if it senses any threat nearby.