Shop Forum More Submit  Join Login
bipedal crab by ethan-k793 bipedal crab by ethan-k793

ok, so a long time ago thomastapir made these awesome looking bipedal crustatians. and I asked if I could follow this concept and come up with another couple of these on my own. after him ok-ing it I came up with two little ideas! this one: the freshwater crab.

 

now Thomas made his bipedal craps and shrimps have hips and run like raptors. but I wanted a completely different way of "bipedal" than just raptor legs with shells. this guy strides along the jungle rivers pretending to be a tree with its huge legs. its antenna adapted glands that secrete pheromones attracting small prey. and than grabs them with the antenna and brings them up to its mouth. the back legs were no longer needed for transportation and evolved to be clamps to hold the male and female together while mating.

 

but why would it evolve like this? lakes where it lived dried up for a considerable amount of time and these crabs had nothing but mud to walk through. so the front legs became longer to reach the solid surface below. eventually the mud dried too and the crabs were fully adapted to trudging through wet dirt. in order to survive they developed feet! their claws gradualy became outer mandibles since they were too short to reach the ground. they also became smarter to avoid predators and to catch their own prey.

I finaly motivated myself to actualy put this up on deviant art! sorry for the wait!

:iconthomastapir:
thomastapir Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013
Oh man, such a cool rationale for a cool creature! I love the fact that its legs are "camouflaged" as tree trunks...Reminds me of the way I always saw tree trunks as the towering legs of some giant creature when I was a kid, especially in groups of three or four.  Freaked me out when I discovered the Dark Young, though.  : D  Also, I think you've effectively sketched out the evolutionary history of the Crab Boss from Bio-Hazard Battle!
Reply
:iconethan-k793:
ethan-k793 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

well that's a freaky looking crab boss!

thanks for the comments man!

Reply
:iconthomastapir:
thomastapir Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013
Very welcome, thanks for sharing these!
Reply
Add a Comment:
 
×



Details

Submitted on
November 9, 2013
Image Size
1.8 MB
Resolution
3264×4912
Link
Thumb

Stats

Views
219
Favourites
2 (who?)
Comments
3

Camera Data

Make
SONY
Model
NEX-C3
Shutter Speed
1/5 second
Aperture
F/4.5
Focal Length
44 mm
ISO Speed
1600
Date Taken
Aug 1, 2012, 1:27:22 AM
Software
NEX-C3 Ver.01

License

Creative Commons License
Some rights reserved. This work is licensed under a
Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License.
×