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Bibonatrix schwartzi

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Bibonatrix- what a strange name for such a nice creature, slender and with elegant movements, these sea serpents are certainly among the most beautiful animals of the Indian ocean.
But not also their name is unusual, it's feeding method is it as well. Bibonatrix is the only known suction feeder within the Natrixosaurs. Its jaws, cervical ribs and special hyoid apparatus are build to produce a underpressure which sucks in small prey when it open its mouth rapidly, so it don't surprise that crabs, lobsters, clams, flatfishes and many other species which live on the seabed and within the soil are on its menu card. The animal normally stands motionless over the ground, the head lowered, only correcting the position from time to time with its fins until a sudden big snap vanish the next kill. Like Cavinatrix, this species have electro-receptors in the tip of it's snoud, with those it can detects burried prey. But Bibonatrix is also a predator of the open water which is able to generate surprising speed over short times.
Overall they prefer shallow, warm water. They can be found near coral reefs and during the birth-season in mangroves where the females bring up to 4 small sea serpernts into the world. Natural enemys are crocodiles (especially the saltwater crocodile), sharks and sometimes killer wahles but normally they are ignored by other predators.
The biggest threat for this Bibonatrix is today the intense polution of the Indian ocean, many states at its shores have low or no legal regulation for the disposal of waste into the ocean.

extinct freshwater sea serpents: hyrotrioskjan.deviantart.com/a…
Cavinatrix: hyrotrioskjan.deviantart.com/a…
Gracilinatrix: hyrotrioskjan.deviantart.com/a…
Asperognathus: hyrotrioskjan.deviantart.com/a…
Natrixosaurus: hyrotrioskjan.deviantart.com/a…


Edit: would you like a small Picture of this guy feeding on a crab?
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paleosirHobbyist General Artist
Great artwork!
Reminds me of the cretaceous Hyphalosaurus, but much much bigger.
NightXenon999's avatar
Are these real?
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
Unfortunately... not :no:
 
But they are supposed to look real =)
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I'm loving the whole concept of this one. Are the extra jaw bones that extend backwards into the neck used to facilitate the suction-feeding?
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
Thanks a lot :bow:

Yes, the hyoid apparatus is very well developed in this species, and the "neck ribs" can also widen... oh and the jaws widen also a bit ;)
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herofan135Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It looks so real, thank you for sharing all your creations!
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
Thanks a lot :lol: well, I learned much through DA, so it's just fair to give a bit back ;)
Martiitram's avatar
I love sea serpents.They're so beautiful!:)
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
Thank you :hug:
Martiitram's avatar
Plus your work is awesome!:hug:
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FabrizioDeRossiHobbyist Artist
Diese Konzepte gefallen mir besonders gut, vor Allem die Skelettillustrationen! Extrem glaubhaft!
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
Danke :bow: hat auch lange gedauert bis ich genug wusste und genug Ausdauer hatte um gleich mehrere davon zustande zu kriegen =D
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ArchipithecusHobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome! I'd totally want to see one in real life.
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
Thank you, me too =D
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ArchipithecusHobbyist Traditional Artist
Who wouldn't?
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I love the design; it looks like something I could go out and find in the real world~
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
Thank you :hug:
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Torment-flyHobbyist General Artist
Not saying that is wong but why all of your serpents (or at least the ones I have seen so far) have a brownish grayish or yellow soft color? they all look like sand...would be interesting to see if you ever make a colorful serpent :D
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
Well, Evenape is right, this species don't need such a intense counter-shading, but I realized now that my new Notebook have different color Settings than my tablet (where it Looks indeed vary sandy) or my old Notebook, so it could be that you see it a bit different.
I updated it and maybe it's now a bit better =)

By the way: I just published 2 species (the coloration of the freshwater sea serpents is more speculative) so I can tell you that there will be some which totally different.
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Torment-flyHobbyist General Artist
well I'll be waiting to see your future work :D keep it awesome!
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
=)
Rodlox's avatar
looking like sand is great camouflage.

excellent critter.  (feeds like a walrus, yes?)
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Torment-flyHobbyist General Artist
it is a good camuflage but actually camouflage on marine animalls is having clear bellies and dark backs, manta rays for example, that way things that see it from the sky or even just a little higher than the manta ray location can confuse it with the dark sea floor, if they see it from down to up the white belly gets blended in with the clear surface view you get underwater...how deep do this serpents live? and are we suggesting all potential hazards have human-like color vision?
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EvenapeStudent Traditional Artist
Well, this in particular is a coastal species, so the dark-light blue scheme wouldn't work... And I thinj that in shallow waters there won't be much threat to these creatures..l
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