So I was thinking of a land animal with a biological harpoon, I'm not 100% sure why it would evolve with it.
Details of it would be:
- Medium-sized (similar to a pony) and would hunt smaller or equal sized prey
- not limited to being carnivorous, could be omnivorous
- Harpoon isn't one time use, will be retracted to be used again
The closest I can think of is the cone snail which uses toxin and a harpoon appendage to catch prey due to it being really slow.
The creature I was thinking off wouldn't be THAT slow and if having such a harpoon would have any place in its biology.
We don't see harpoons on land animals for a reason unless I'm missing something, perhaps an insect has it but I'm not 100% sure.
Question: how would a harpoon be a better hunting tool for a land creature than other things we see like claws and limbs for grasping?