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Blossoms/Neoteny 2
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Published: August 23, 2016
A quick follow-up to yesterday’s upload ...
The colored piece at the top would be an alternative life cycle for organisms whose blossoms turn into plant-like organisms that are able to reproduce sexually. Nymphs would only be born from blossoms created through intercourse between two animals. After giving birth, the blossom would turn into an even more plant-like organism that could create blossoms too but no nymph could come from these... So intercourse between two animals would create animals and "plants", while intercourse between two of those would only create more "plants". This is just an idea though, so it might not stay like that.

The lower drawing is what I mentioned at the end of yesterday’s upload: a species of nrgwenyid with extreme sexual dimorphism. Both sexes exhibit a form of neoteny, the males resemble nymphs, while the females are very blossom-like. They are anchored to the ground through a root-like ventral foot that absorbs nutrients from the soil while their four large wings gather energy by photosynthesizing. Adult males are very short-lived and only have one single purpose: reproduction. They do not eat in their short existence - they don’t even have a mouth or a digestive tract.
The females’ reproductive organs have migrated to the inside of their oral cavity. The males crawl into there and deposit their sperm, which can be stored by the female. After that, the males die and are digested by the female to supply her with additional energy to produce her seeds.

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CowMayoNew Deviant
Amazing concept! May I ask what you use for colouring your drawings?
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Thank you very much!
I use Faber Castell color pencils... I think they’re called easy grip or something like that. (Got them as a present years ago)
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CowMayoNew Deviant
No problem at all! Thanks for the info.
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SheTheTDEHobbyist General Artist
what in the nation? is it plant animal or both?
my species is both so no judging but wow it's so alien I cant tell.
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By our standards, it would be a bit of both but on their homeworld, these organisms are leaning more towards the animal side
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SheTheTDEHobbyist General Artist
It's tough to find that place exactly in the middle and it's definitely most realistic to design plant-animals that lean toward animal.
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There are actually also animal-like plants on this world so the division between the two is not really all too clear 
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SheTheTDEHobbyist General Artist
Same on my world. I even made sure to include animal-like plants that move around like they're animals and plant like animals that never move at all to really confuse things.
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TheArchosaurQueenHobbyist Digital Artist
These are beautifully alien concepts, I for one really like them :clap:!
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Thank you very much! :D
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TheArchosaurQueenHobbyist Digital Artist
You're most welcome!
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This is some wack biology, and absolutely fascinating
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Thank you very much, I’m glad you like it! :)
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DragonthundersHobbyist Artist
Man, you make me love Aurora so much, these details in their life cycle so similar to those of cnidarians and echinoderms with the neotenic forms are just nice :D
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Thanks, I’m glad to hear that!
Yeah, their life cycle was indeed inspired by cnidarians - especially jellyfish 
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slothChijaStudent Traditional Artist
Wow, aurora is one of my two favorite alien worlds now, with snaiad falling right behind it. Great job on this project man!
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Thank you so much! I feel honored to hear that :)
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slothChijaStudent Traditional Artist
:D
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LeggurmHobbyist Writer
How curious.
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It’ll get even more curious ;)
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LeggurmHobbyist Writer
Meme (Mind Blown) [V1] 
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salpfish1Hobbyist General Artist
Nice, I really like this idea!:D (Big Grin) 
Do the adults ever keep the ability to photosynthesize?
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Thank you very much!
Yes, I want them to still be able to photosynthesize to some extent... probably not all of them though
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