✦ Body (& Ridges)
Axomaurs have a chunky build with legs that are always shorter than their body length (not including their tail). Running down the length of their body are "nub ridges." These nubs vary in number, size, and shape, but all Axomaurs have them. They can have one row that runs down the middle of their back or have more than one, slightly off to the sides; these nub ridges are usually symmetrical in placement, though off-kilter placements have been seen. For the aquatic subspecies, their skin is either smooth, matte, or slimy in texture; the terrestrial subspecies develop skin that is slightly rough and scaly, more reptilian than amphibious. Neither is efficiently built for bipedal movement, though these pups can sit back on their haunches to pick things up with their hands, which have opposable thumbs.
Ears come in many different shapes, styles, and varieties. The aquatic Axomaurs ears are more like "feelers," lacking in open ear canals as to prevent water from entering. They can have up to three pairs of feelers, positioned symmetrically on their head and down their jawline. Terrestrial Axomaurs are the ones with actual ears, though they usually won't have more than one pair. They can, however, still have small feelers to accompany their ears.
Their eyes are usually solid in appearance with subtle swirls of color beneath the surface, giving them a murky look. They are similar to the eyes of Siircios, in that they are bulbous and have two sets of eyelids, plus a nictitating membrane.
Axomaurs are born underwater and spend their early childhood below the surface. They have no lungs and may have limbs that are only partially developed. However, as they grow, their limbs begin to strengthen and they also develop lungs, thus allowing them to move onto land. Upon reaching maturity, most pups keep their gills and prefer to live half their lives on land and half in the water. However, certain individuals will grow out of their gills, becoming the terrestrial subspecies that can now only breathe air.
Tails come in a variety of shapes and sizes, though are always aquatic or reptilian in nature.