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TERRA MIRUS: Jiaolong by juniorWoodchuck TERRA MIRUS: Jiaolong by juniorWoodchuck
Named after the legendary dragon of Chinese folklore, the colossal jiaolong (Basilochelys titanis) is the undisputed ruler of the oceans. Reaching up to 40 meters in length, it even dwarfs the giant blue whales of bygone days. As it is the case with all cervisomids, what appears to be the jiaolong’s long and slender body is actually its neck. The actual body is extremely atrophied and completely encased in a solid shell that protects most vital organs. Only a small part of the digestive system is located inside the shell however as a majority of digestion occurs in the hypertrophied gut-like cervival esophagus - a trait found in all cervisomids.  

Unlike most other aquatic cervisomids however, the jialong does not usually use its atrophied shelled body as a fluke. Living in open oceans, it is a slow swimmer that propels itself through the water with the help of two undulating fin fringes running along both sides of its neck. While swimming, the entirety of the neck stays rather rigid, only moving ever so slightly to change directions. 
As their enormous size prevents them from coming ashore to lay eggs, jialongs gives live birth to their young.

While adult jiaolongs most commonly live alone, their young -who still have to fear predators- sometimes form small groups of two to six individuals.

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SonicCaleritas Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2019  Hobbyist Artist
What is it
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juniorWoodchuck Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2019
It’s a marine descendant of turtles 
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SonicCaleritas Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2019  Hobbyist Artist
Oh wow
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juniorWoodchuck Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2019
;)
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vasix Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looking at this it makes me think of what a giant marine filter-feeding snake might look like. I wonder though
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juniorWoodchuck Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2018
I have definitely been thinking about something like that too but i then decided on going the chelonian route...
Might still do something with the snakes though ;)
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vasix Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My thought was that a dermochelydid might be a fine filter feeder if its throat structures were to become finer and filamentous? Might be an okay lunge feeder I guess if it underwent a few changes here and there. 
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juniorWoodchuck Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2018
Yeh, that would certainly be a pretty cool creature design!
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I haven't seen a body plan as creative as this in a long time! Tell me though, what does it eat? Blue whales spend all their time stuffing themselves with krill and other planktic organisms just to maintain their size, and this fella has a pretty small maw...
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juniorWoodchuck Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2018
Thank you, I’m glad to hear that! :D
Their jaws kinda stretch when opened to increase their size so they feed pretty much like modern-day cetaceans 
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BaconPeppa Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
jesus this is amazing
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juniorWoodchuck Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2016
Thank you very much! :D
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TheAquariumSlider Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2016  Student General Artist
A snake like turtle?Great concept.I'm the only one who thinked about knifefish and electric eel?
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Dinolover1416 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2016
Awesome concept!
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juniorWoodchuck Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2016
Thank you very much!
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jman12351 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2016
Kinda like a cross between a turtle and a geoduck.
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juniorWoodchuck Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2016
Oh yeah, now that you say it...
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PeteriDish Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
this is fucking awesome! so it doesn't have legs at all though? that's kinda unfortunate... :D
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juniorWoodchuck Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2015
Thank you very much! :D
Yep, it's completely legless and uses the fin fringes on either side of its neck to swim
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PeteriDish Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
well that's probably the most outlandish turtle ever :D
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juniorWoodchuck Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2015
Hahaha, you're cute... You think I can't come up with more outlandish turtles
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PeteriDish Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
i can't wait what you can come up with!
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juniorWoodchuck Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2015
Let's hope you won't be disappointed
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PeteriDish Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
nevuuuuuurrrrrr!!! :D
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juniorWoodchuck Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2015
I could if I wanted to...
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SaucyLobster Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2015
This is a rad idea, made all the more interesting by the whole digestive throat. Are any other organs migrating up into its throat as time draws on?
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juniorWoodchuck Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2015
Thanks!
I’m not sure…maybe. I haven’t really thought about that yet 
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ZoPteryx Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Really incredible!  I think this has become one of my favorite spec-evo concepts! :D
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juniorWoodchuck Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2015
Thank you very much!
I’m glad you like it that much :)
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Biofauna25 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've got to tell you... I honestly think that this is the most beautifully evolved/designed creature I've yet seen. Cervisomids have immediately become my favorite kind of animal, and I cannot wait to see more of them from you!
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juniorWoodchuck Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2015
Thank you so much! It really means a lot and I’m glad you like them that much!
The next cervisomid I upload will probably be a smaller, amphibious species 
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Dragonthunders Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
I must say I've seen a lot of ideas about "analogues to whale" ranging from penguins, crocs, lizards, sharks, deer and even tadpoles. But what you've done is clever and very creative. Good work :)
This titan has more relatives in the oceans of terra mirus?
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juniorWoodchuck Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2015
Thank you very much!
Yeah, I’m trying to use as few of the usual future biology tropes (such as dog-like rats etc) as possible 
The jiaolong belongs to a rather large group of animals so it has a lot of relatives both in the oceans as well as on land. None of them reach the enormous size of the jiaolong though and the next largest marine relatives can reach a length of 6 meters 
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Dragonthunders Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Oh, amazing.
I'm a little curious about the other testudines that inhabit Terra mirus, especially land ones. How are they?
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juniorWoodchuck Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2015
I only have some designs for other legless trionychids related to this one… I’m not yet sure what happened to other turtle species. In case they survived they’ll either look rather ordinary or absolutely strange… 
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Spec-Evo Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is great.. good job! How exactly does the shell work? does it just get pulled behind them?
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juniorWoodchuck Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2015
Thank you very much!
Yep, in this species, the shell serves no other function as protecting some vital organs, it is not used in locomotion or anything
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Spec-Evo Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Your welcome!
Okay, that's interesting. I like It!
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DesOrages Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Is it a turtle descendant?
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juniorWoodchuck Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2015
Yep. Trionychids to be exact 
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DesOrages Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Interesting. Have these animals diversified a lot then?
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juniorWoodchuck Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2015
Yep, there are quite a lot of these derived trionychids 
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DesOrages Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice. I look forward to seeing more. Also, do you mind making a labelled map of the world. It would be nice to see where the animals live.
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juniorWoodchuck Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2015
Thanks!
Sure, I’ll can do that :)
Septentria consists of the Americas, Eurasia & Africa, Meridia is Antarctica & Australia and there are two large islands called Atlantis & Lemuria. Lemuria consists of Tanzania & Kenya that split from continental Africa
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DesOrages Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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juniorWoodchuck Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2015
No problem :)
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Hermanthexenomorph Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2015
Awesome drawing! :D

Are there going to be mammals for Terra Mirus?
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juniorWoodchuck Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2015
Thank you!

I’m not entirely sure yet… I do have some designs for mammals but I’m not yet sure if I’ll use them 
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Midiaou Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Damn these are enormous creatures. well done
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juniorWoodchuck Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2015
Thanks!
Yeah, they fill the niche of the extinct whales 
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