A phantom is a species of mammal part of the dylanusid family, despite how movies and popular media portray them as apes (humans, etc) or primates of any kind, which isn't true. They are omnivorous, usually feeding on fruits, vegetables, roots, tubers, insects, crustaceans, fish, frogs, small non-deadly reptiles, eggs, small birds, smaller mammals, carrion, and human food, having a similar role to crows and ravens that live alongside phantoms, making phantoms a sort of humanoid mammalian equivalent of crows and ravens. They are native to much of Europe, Middle East, parts of Northeastern Africa, and Asia, where they can survive well in jungles/rainforests, swamps, forests, grasslands, savannas, scrublands, and even human settlements. They are named because they resemble the phantom from 1925's Phantom of the Opera movie, especially males, although the female phantoms have a feminine body design and longer hair, to distinguish males from females. They are peaceful and gentle, unlike the fictitious human phantoms (which are inaccurately shown to be aggressive). They were once tortured, abused, and treated cruelly by careless humans from 1600s to 1910s due to humans once thought that these dylanusids are were freaks of nature and were once thought to be deadly killers, which isn't true. Today, the phantoms are protected by the law so it is illegal to treat the phantoms cruelly in any ways and is illegal to try to kill phantoms since phantoms don't want to hurt humans or any other humanoids. However, just like hunchbacks, phantoms are threatened due to being kept as slaves by invasive/nonnative real life vampires who use them and hypnotising them to make entertainment stuff for them and even try to steal and harm humans and dylanuses, in which in nature, phantoms are gentle and shouldn't be aggressive. Humans and dylanuses are trying hard to rescue hypnotised phantoms and snapping them out of their hypnosis, as well as trying to control the vampire's populations on Earth.
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