The razortail is a simian species native to Nexus. With bodies smaller than the average human, these largely arboreal and omnivorous creatures use their prehensile tails and brachiating arms to move swiftly through the forest canopy hunting small game and wild fruit. They usually live in packs led by an alpha male that number anywhere from twenty to eighty individuals, though packs of several hundred have been reported in remote areas difficult to reach without aerial vehicles. Xenobiologists estimate razortails spend less than ten percent of their lives on the ground, preferring to remain in trees unless their territory is threatened. Razortails owe their names to the sharp, flat spines that cover their prehensile tails. These spines laced with Nexus metal alloys that are part of the razortail's diet, provide the creatures with an extremely effective weapon they can crack like a whip with surprising accuracy.
The so-called Gnarlfoot raortails dwell in the Deradune region of Nexus, an area granted to the Draken as a reward for their service to the Dominion. Draken hunters are said to have named the dangerous subspecies when they skinned their first kill and saw the creature's skeleton had an inherited deformity in their feet shared by others of the subspecies.
Razortails are sometimes erroneously referred to as "monkeyzookas," a name attributed to a fictional villain featured in the popular galactic holo-periodical TALES FROM BEYOND THE FRINGE!
Scans show that the metallic elements of the razortail's body allow them to exude an energetic chemical when stressed. When razortails are threatened, this chemical helps them work together as a group more effectively than they could alone. This same chemical, however, can provide a temporary boost to the stamina of any organic life form in the immediate area - even a life form that is attacking the razortails.
The surprisingly intelligent razortails of Nexus exhibit behavior that lead many sapient species to consider them nuisances. They are fond of raiding unattended supplies - especially food stores or shiny objects - and have shown remarkable dexterity and problem-solving power when faced with mechanical locks, boobytraps, and security devices. So far, attempts to dissuade the creatures non-violently have failed, leaving localized extermination as the only solution to the problem.