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Blossoms/Neoteny 2

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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Batterymaster's avatar
This is the most fascinating concept for a faunal life cycle I've ever seen. It's an animal, yet it produces seeds instead of eggs, and it has two entirely different stages of life that look as if they could be entirely different species. This is so interesting, and it opens up so many possibilities. It comes to show that with speculative xenobiology, even sexual reproduction could potentially be radically different from what is standard for Earth fauna.
juniorWoodchuck's avatar
Thank you very much, I’m glad you like it!
Yeah, I wanted to have as many aspects of life on this alien planet be different from what we know from here on Earth to really make it as otherworldly as possible 
Batterymaster's avatar
You certainly succeeded in that regard, I'll tell you that!
CowMayo's avatar
Amazing concept! May I ask what you use for colouring your drawings?
juniorWoodchuck's avatar
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)
CowMayo's avatar
No problem at all! Thanks for the info.
SheTheTDE's avatar
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.
juniorWoodchuck's avatar
By our standards, it would be a bit of both but on their homeworld, these organisms are leaning more towards the animal side
SheTheTDE's avatar
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.
juniorWoodchuck's avatar
There are actually also animal-like plants on this world so the division between the two is not really all too clear 
SheTheTDE's avatar
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.
TheArchosaurQueen's avatar
These are beautifully alien concepts, I for one really like them :clap:!
juniorWoodchuck's avatar
Thank you very much! :D
TheArchosaurQueen's avatar
You're most welcome!
SaucyLobster's avatar
This is some wack biology, and absolutely fascinating
juniorWoodchuck's avatar
Thank you very much, I’m glad you like it! :)
Dragonthunders's avatar
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
juniorWoodchuck's avatar
Thanks, I’m glad to hear that!
Yeah, their life cycle was indeed inspired by cnidarians - especially jellyfish 
slothChija's avatar
Wow, aurora is one of my two favorite alien worlds now, with snaiad falling right behind it. Great job on this project man!
juniorWoodchuck's avatar
Thank you so much! I feel honored to hear that :)
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