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'Grappler sharks' live near the surface and use the eyes on the tops of their heads as light meters to camouflage their bodies to prey that swims beneath them. Though fast on their own, they prefer to sneak up on prey and latch onto it with their pharyngeal jaws before reeling it in. In this illustration it's attacking a human in an uncharacteristic fashion, adding to the many accounts of bizarre or aggressive behavior the planet's animals exhibit in the presence of humans...
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2-hour piece done as part of a new collaborative blog. For Monday's prompt I read of metal oxides as potential alternatives to carbon as a basis for life. I went with aluminum oxide (A form of which is corundum, one of the hardest materials, which is what rubies and sapphires are) and made a critter that chips away minerals to eat with its beak (and possibly to fight with others of its kind). The crystals on its back act as both armor and as a counterbalance. It senses the world around it by detecting chemical signals through rows of orifices on its limbs.
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The Ra’akta is a large marine predator, growing up to 10-11 meters (about 35 feet) in length and can weigh up to 10 tons. They are fast, sight based predators the use mainly pectoral fins for locomotion. They have the characteristic split lower “jaw” of most Skathan animals. Their heads are plated with a bone like armor. The olfactory tendrils have evolved to have a much more deadly use, despite looking smooth they have tiny barbs that help grasp prey while eating, however their tendrils are not used for hunting like other, smaller predators. Tendrils are usually retracted.
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Image done for CCG
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Name: Q'porr, Pronunciation: click followed by pop followed by guttural growl)

Size: 25'
Diet: carnivore

Sensory pads and tendrils allow this predator to navigate through murky water with ease. Because of the nature of its habitat the Q'porr has relatively small eyes.

Too tired for detailed description and complete sentences.
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a flamboyant creature at first glance, males exhibit a secret vibrant array of colorful pulsations only visible to female’s. To be less apparent to predators the male’s true mating colors are displayed in ultraviolet color. They inhabit mangrove swamps. Their modified gills allow for a semi terrestrial life.

Though not particularly agile aerialists males fly backwards, with the aid of their inflatable gas pouch, from tree branch to tree branch flicking their modified feeding quills
(GIF VERSION I MY MAIN GALLERY)
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Or as they are called by the Caeli people: dragonfish.

Inspired by orcas, based loosely off of the Basilosaurus.
I'm not even going to finish detailing and polishing this up, I'm just so ready to stop working on it. I really dragged myself through the last half of it.

Prehistoric sky whales are one of those animals that just sort of always has it's fucking mouth open


11" x 8.5" acrylics on smooth bristol paper.

More work of planet Asera:
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Racers are smallest of the three breeds of wingless dragons. Lacking the thick, protective armor of its cousins, it relies on its speed, agility, and highly toxic bite to protect itself. Newborns are born with transparent skin and adapt its coloring based on the first environment it comes into contact with, gaining earthy tones when exposed to the surface, or gaining dark tones to better hide in the depths of caves.
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This was done actually quite a while ago for the first Team Challenge over at CA.org

Unfortunatly (as you may know) the site has undergone a few issues and has also been down for a while for maintenance.

anywasy this is part of my contributions for my team Tredminsters of the Brushymarsh

Here's the jist of it, Yulium is an alien planet inhabited by a race called the Yuliuari. They have a shrine that houses a guardian that lays dormant, until the yuliari or planet is threatened, that's when these scouting creatures (as shown in this image) from all over the planet emerge to awaken the guardian. There's a lot more stuff we discussed, but if you are curious and want to learn more here's a link to our team thread: [link]

Overall the project was lots of fun, it's cool being able to collaborate with other artists from various countries in the world. Hopefully the Challenge will start up again just as strong as it was before the preceeding interupptions!

Oh yeah, almost forgot here are some of the artists I worked with

:iconwillpheonix:, I don't know if the others have dA accounts or what there names are on dA but here they are as listed on CA; Flame_Unquenchable, sony, and Ricardo Robles
It's been a blast working with you guys, however brief it may have been!
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Malleiotholus is a strange pachytholid with an hammer like skull, a long tail for defense and jaws which are perfect to skratch small plants from the ground. Different to other pachytholids These animals aren't living in herds but are mostly solitary, during the mating season they come together and the males begin to grow These Long feathers/fan like structures which they use to impress the females.



(Some will maybe recognize the inspiration for this: yes, it's the silvanian version of Nigersaurus)
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