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Bushwhacker - With Background by Abiogenisis Bushwhacker - With Background by Abiogenisis
Thought I would do an alternative version of the Bushwhacker but with a little more going on.

The tropical forest in the background is very different from those of Earth: Here, almost all the forest floor is covered with a grayish, mold-like organism. The large coral shapes on top of it are formed by the fungus and move slowly like waves across the ground, engulfing dead animals and vegetation for digestion. Large red capped fruiting bodies dot the forest, and are serviced by jungle creatures who then travel to others, and so fertilize far distant fungal colonies.

The Bushwhacker, seen here in strike position, is a predator of the mid levels of this forest. Only about a foot or so long, it moves slowly through the vines, snapping at unsuspecting creatures which pass nearby. Its pointed teeth grip prey while venom injected by the proboscis paralyzes it, making it easier to handle. If the creature loses its footing, it is slow on the ground and likely to be eaten by animals living under the fan fungus ledges.

The first xenobiologist to study this alien was stung, but the toxins never evolved to attack earthlife and so apart from significant pain they were unharmed. It was named the Bushwhacker because of its propensity for ambush, like the rural guerrillas of the American civil war.

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shannonlove Featured By Owner May 24, 2018
Stung huh? I'll bet "bushwacker" wasn't the first thing the xenobiologist called it. 

BTW: Venoms don't have to evolve to kill a specific species. Australia is full critters whose venom is fantastically fatal to placental mammals, of which Australia never had any. A tiny jellyfish the size of the end of your pinkie never had a need to evolve a venom fatal to mammals. The venoms of Australia are almost all fatal because they are complex proteins which provoke a fatal allergic overreaction from the victims own immune system. 

It's quite possible that alien proteins could produce the same effect. 
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Thehiveh Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You would be surprised if we said that there are things similar to that gray matter you described on planet earth!
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LMNts Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh why did i read this :O
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Magicpony45 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
it's pronounced ze-no-biologist right?
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shannonlove Featured By Owner May 24, 2018
It's Greek so the "x" has a z-like sound in the original and a definate "z" sound when transliterated into English. "Xeno" means "stranger" which in Greek is synonymous with "foreigner". "Bio" means "life" and "-ology" is a suffix meaning "the study of". So, a xenobiologist studies life foreign to Earth. 

"Exo" means "outside" or more accurately with connotations of, "on the outside". 
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Magicpony45 Featured By Owner May 24, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool, thanks!
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Though since I painted this I think they call themselves exobiologists now
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Magicpony45 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, NO MATTER! WE STILL GET TO BE NERDS ANYWAY! Tell me, are you interested in physics? also I do want to complement you on the painting itself, it’s beautiful.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Physics is OK but i suck at math; more of a biology guy
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Magicpony45 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
You and I are gonna get along great
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
yep!
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photoedfade Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
are you a major in biology cause these aliens sound scientifically plausible.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
I read bio text books for fun, but alas no formal training. I just try and do my research :)
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photoedfade Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh! Cool!
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tokyo-lover2 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
my guess? he must smoke special stuff which gives him ugly and weird hallucinationsNo, I disagree! :o (Eek) 
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photoedfade Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
meh. i think he or she just excels in creativity and biology. and, if there is some type of alien biology class then he or she excelled in that too probably
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rr27075nn Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2017
Humans came to the birrin homeworld?
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GlowingSpiritArt Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2017  Student General Artist
is it weird i find this cute? love it, but still it looks adorable to me . . . . . probably shouldn't hug it,but i want to hug it . . . . oh well nice job
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
well cats are murder machines and they are cute so its ok :P
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abigaia Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Creepy as heck - lovely!!
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Pointybeast
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B2oda Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow ! The design is so original :) GG
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Danke!
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justin5578 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2017
Awesome!
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Fluffy!
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Nynthes Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2016
what do you use fam lol
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Meth
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piotrh Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2016  Professional General Artist
I like it.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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Faithfeather Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2016
oooooooooooooo very wild lookin :D
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
and pointy!
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Faithfeather Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2016
yish x3 very pointy
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SaraBaptista Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
WOW Oops! I'm in love with the drawing and the story Nod 
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you like!
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YogaCats Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015
ok.... this is cool. im going to go look at kittens now...
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therealTy Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2016  Student Artist
Lol
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SerafinaInocencia Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm totally mesmerized of your great gallery
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Edited Apr 6, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
:hypnotic: 
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qoji Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2015  Hobbyist
great design
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PeriodicCrafter Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014
I love the concept of the forest floor being a fungal body and that there are creatures lurking under the Fungus ledges
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Darwin-King Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
I love your ecology here, it's so neat. But not as neat as having a pet bushwacker would be!

Maybe de-poison-sacced?
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Just gotta get it fed, and keep its proboscis corked.
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th3punk1n4t0r Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
sommetimes I go on a favoriting binge, browsing deviantart for random things- I found this through looking for alien jungles, and I've got to say, you did a pretty good job at creating an alien creature and then fleshing out it's ecology and physiology, and the environment it lives in.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, I always try and make them fit a world that may be possible with biology as we understand it.
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YikYik Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Eewwww, eww, eeeewwwwwww!!!! :fear: It's amazingly creepy looking! :XD: Very nice and well done! :nod:
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28dragons Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
Avatar as nothing on you. I love your creatures and the depth of thought you put into them :,)
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Avatar has a lot of coin on me XD
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