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The dervish was a type of animal of which there were at least two vareties.
- The red dervish was indigenous to Aleph III.
- The blue dervish was a genetically modified variant of the red dervish.
The red dervish was a medium-sized mammal with reddish fur. Its body somewhat resembles a downward-pointing cone, with its eyes near the apex. Near the top it has three tendrils, each about a foot long and with a mouth at the end.
A highly aggressive predator, it attacks by spinning around at great speed - rather like a spinning top - and ripping at its target with its three sets of sharp teeth. (FASA module: Again, Troublesome Tribbles)
This genetically engineered creature was created at Federation Genetic Research Station 17 (GRS17) as a means of mass-producing the dervish hormone. As such, the blue dervish produces more of this hormone, and as a result it is more agile than the red dervish.
Apart from its blue fur, the blue dervish differs from the red in that is is significantly smaller. It is also a lot more timid; where the red dervish will attack anything that moves, the blue dervish will attempt to flee from anything that approaches it.