“Flying basketballs” was a nickname for an unspecified species of arachnoid. With spherical bodies a half-meter wide, wings, and seven legs, the proved particularly aggressive and would attack humans en masse on their native planet. If prey hid, they would fling themselves, sometimes fatally, against whatever contained the prey.
JT Austin called them “flying spiders,” despite obvious differences. The Republic Colonization Bureau failed to report this species or a local species of kaiju in a planetary survey in 434 IE. The failure resulted in the loss of the experimental ship Riverside.
Appearances: Winter Games