Originally Posted by TiffanyP
When you say 'rays' what are you looking at to determine that?
Take a look at the picture below. See the number's and then they're point to those things? Those are ray's. Each tail type has a certain amount of ray's like a VeilTail only has 2 ray's and you see the one in the picture is a 4 ray Plakat. Also known as branching, you see the base of the tail with the main ray and then it branches out into the different ray's there. So anyway, your baby only has 1 branch so far which means 2 ray's, hence most likely a VT. But he can still grow out to have both those ray's branch again to make 4 rays and again to make 6, then 8 and so on and so forth.
So when you hear the term "over branching" it means that that main ray has branched so many times that you can barely count the ray's at the edges, usually this ends up as a rose tail or feather tail effect.
But anyway, all VT's have 2 ray's. CT's generally only have 2 ray's but there are 4 ray's. PK's start out at 2 ray's and then can increase from there, going into HMPK which is usually 4-8 ray's and sometimes more. Then DeT's and HM's usually have around 8 ray's and up but there are some that are under 8 ray's and just have really good webbing between the ray's. You can see in that picture below too, the part that's between the main ray that comes from the body is called webbing. PK's are known more for having more webbing which allows them to have less ray's and still get up to HM status without having like 8 rays or more like most regular HM's.