Ah, yes. Truffles. While there are truffles here on Earth, the first being a type of chocolate confection and the second being a type of mushroom confection, truffles really are a cross between a Cocker Spaniel and an aardvark.
See? Aren’t they adorable? Truffles have the fur of the Cocker Spaniel, and similar coloring for the most part, (a range of browns and tans), and their snouts are a little longer and more like a small elephant’s than the aardvark’s.
Why a truffle?
Well, it’s like this: the first settlers to Persis saw the native animals and their resemblance to Old Earth animals. Then they realized that the primary food source for truffles was a type of plant that grows under the surface of the sand, and the truffles use their long snouts to reach it. They reminded the settlers of the pigs that are used in hunting the valuable truffle mushrooms. The name got shortened to truffle, and it stuck – the native animals were then known as truffles.