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[[Image:Tyranid Rippers2.jpg|thumb|right|400px|A Tyranid Ripper swarm devouring a Guardsman]]
'''Rippers''' are small, maggot-like species of [[Tyranid]]s which serve as the primary means of devouring bio-mass and the genetic imprint of a planet.
<sup>3 </sup> They are the most numerous of Tyranid creatures, and in great swarms they can pull down and consume creatures many times their own size. However they are completely mindless and will perish if they lose a [[Synapse Creature|synaptic link]] with the [[Hive Mind]].<sup>1</sup>
In certain instances, hive ships have been driven away from a world, leaving Tyranid ground forces isolated. Rippers appear to respond to such circumstances by burrowing below ground and metamorphosing into higher life forms. This has led many among the Magos Biologis to believe that Rippers are an immature form of the prime Tyrancii genus. This would mean they are theoretically capable of gestating into any kind of Tyranid creature with the right impetus from the Hive Mind, from Hive
Tyrants to Hormagaunts. The wonder that Tyranids routinely produce and sacrifice their young so prodigiously serves only to reinforce how inhuman they truly are <sup>3 </sup>.
==Ordo Xenos Classification==
==Sky-slasher=='''Sky-slashers''' are Rippers adapted with
the inclusion of wings to allow flight. <sup>1 </sup>==Eel-like Ripper==Eel-like Rippers are a unnamed variant of rippers designed to devour every lifeform on the planet's seas. <sup>2pg49</sup>
<sup>1 </sup>: [[Codex: Tyranids (5th Edition)]], pg 55* <sup>2 </sup>: [[Deathwatch: The Achilus Assault]]* <sup>3 </sup>:[[Deathwatch: Mark of the Xenos]], pg 43
*[[Imperial Armour Volume Four - The Anphelion Project]]