Colony creature disassemble

Ari bn Bem disassembling

A colony creature is a cooperative organism composed of multiple component organisms some of which may be capable of autonomous function.

The "giant tribbles" that occupied the USS Enterprise for a short period of time were found to in fact be colonies of tribbles that clung together, but could be separated by neoethylene. (TAS: "More Tribbles, More Troubles")

Pandronians, such as Ari bn Bem, existed as colony creatures. (TAS: "Bem")

Coral, a marine organism found on Earth, was another type of colony creature. (VOY: "Future's End")