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Nea - Sandrunner

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For the Nea project of Joshua Knüppe: hyrotrioskjan.deviantart.com/

Sandrunners are engineered Egyptian giant camel spiders (Galeodes arabs) that thrive in one of Nea's sand oceans. They are released in only one desert since the other ones already have their own solifuge species.
Their legs are covered in hairs to detect vibrations in the sand from prey, predators or incoming potential danger. In contrary to sandguppies or -nuggets they can't swim in the sand, but run over it (and boy, run they can). Once prey is detected they run towards it and start digging with their long pedipalps while the first pair of legs grab the victim. Although they are a nightmare for small reptiles and insects they have to be aware of larger predators such as sand sharks, pocket-zerdas and such.
What's worth noting is that the hairs on their legs can trap water from the air which are then stripped from the legs by the chelicerae so it can be taken in via the mouth. Sometimes if you're walking in the desert at morning, you may be lucky enough to spot a sandrunner holding its long pedipalps in the air, patiently waiting for water drips to form.
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TheDubstepAddict's avatar
Oh Ich liebe Solifugen!
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They're awesome creatures :D
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u can speak german?
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Nope. I can understand it a bit though.
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Ok. Nice ^^

U have Skype?
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Yeah, but I basically never use it.
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ok but pls send account name
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Well, to be honest I don't really see the use of that. It's not like you'll be able to talk to me and such. I don't even know you personally so I'm not going to send you my account name. I hope you understand.
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Oh u aren't hyro XD
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Interesting concept for a genetically-modified animal for Nea. I like what I'm seeing from Joshua, Traheripteryx, and you.

I might draw something like this for Nea myself. Do you have any ideas?
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Thank you :)

You'll have to hurry then: the contest closes when this week's over.
You could use a bird, small reptile or insect. Those are the best suited for Nea.
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Thanks for the ideas. :)

But even if I'm not in time for the contest, I still always have an alien planet project I shall complete either at the end of the year or later on in 2017.
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Nooo ! Spiders (I meant their close relative) even conquered space ?
Guess no place is safe then... Great work ! :D
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You're very welcome :D
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Thanks for the in-universe reference to my species :)
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No problem, gotta talk about the entire ecosystem, right? :)
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Look for your name in my newest deviation!
FejesValentin's avatar
Oh, man, I would like to see them on Nea! Joschua, please! :-D Anyway, Happy Holidays, my friend! (Y)
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You should check the other solifuges too, those are really nice!
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