"The last thing we see is this Marine's ass disappearing in the bush with this angry Thanator coming after him."― Dr. Grace AugustineThanators (Na'vi name: Palulukan) are one of Pandora's most feared predators. Although many regions of the moon have yet to be explored, xenobiologists currently believe that the thanator may be the apex land predator on Pandora. Reminiscent of a Terran panther, this enormous, powerful animal is unique in its ability to lord over its territory and
The thanator appears to hunt alone and normally does not stray outside of its territory, which is believed to be roughly 300 square kilometers. It appears to hunt mainly at night, although seems to make an exception if hungry enough. Surprisingly, the thanator has ten sensory quills, two each sprouting from armor plating that encircles the rear of the skull. The function of the quills is poorly understood, but it has been hypothesized that they may be tied to an internal mechanism of prey location. Given its anatomy, it is likely that the thanator is an evolutionary relative of the viperwolf.
Relationship with the Na'viEdit
As stated before the Na'vi do not honor the Thanator with dance and song, and it is greatly feared by the people.