(aquatic, chaotic, qlippoth, evil, extraplanar)
Source: Book of the Damned, pg(s). 251
A deinochos has a 3-foot-across spiny shell, from which emerge several hooked legs and a head tipped with a jawless mouth and ringed by dozens of eyes. The entire deinochos weighs about 120 pounds.
Deinochoses can attach themselves like remoras to larger qlippoth and telepathically goad their host. In the absence of a host, they can turn invisible and sneak close enough to prey to launch a surprise attack. Prey that escapes a deinochos often leaves a trail of blood and fear that can be tracked by scent.
Living as symbiotes, when their host leaves behind a fresh carcass, deinochoses drop off to feed and reproduce. The bigger the corpse, the stronger and more numerous the young deinochoses will be. When there is insufficient food and no eligible host, deinochoses burrow into the soil to ambush prey, rarely displaying subtlety when hunting other than turning invisible to attack.