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REP: The Monolingulates
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Published: March 20, 2013
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The monolingulates are free-swimming relatives of the multilingulates. While the anatomy of the two subphyla differs significantly, the segmentation and anatomy of the filtering organs are very similar. Monolingulates swim backwards, trailing their sticky tongues behind them and the development of simple eyes on their hind bodies reflects this. Compared to multilingulates they possess only a rudimentary skeleton that has little function besides stabilisation. The tongue excretes a sticky slime that catches up all kinds of living and dead organic matter, which is transported by flagellated cells into the feeding furrows on the sides and from there to the ventrally located mouth at the base of the tongue. The two openings between the torso and the tail lead to both the reproductive organs as well as to the respiratory organs. Mating occurs seasonally, when monolingulates form large swarms during nights, releasing their gametes together.

Feathertongue: a member of a group of monolingulates with short tongues and elongate secondary tendrils. In contrary to the long-tongued species they are able to retract the tongues into their torso when necessary. They are usually found in warmer seas than the others.

Tableback: A member of armoured monolingulates which has an enlarged, plate-like skeleton. The fin-like extensions of the torso create additional lift when swimming to balance out the additional body density. Due to this trait, tablebacks are found only in shallow water, where they often rest on the ground when not feeding.
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BlueYellowMacaw's avatar
I want an inside view of this creature.
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I should design the inner anatomy of the important groups some time.
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Space squid! Does sticky slime work underwater?  Strange to call it tongue if it's outside all the time. Like a tail.
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There are actually a lot of filter-feeding sea animals using sticky slime underwater. The monolingulates' ancestors had a more tonguey organ and considering it is still being used for feeding I kept the name.
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I think this is one of my favorite of your creations.  I am wondering what they multilingulates are though.
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Ah, the stalked clam things.
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SoerW Digital Artist
Всё больше начинаешь верить, что все эти создания существуют.)
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kartracer57Hobbyist Writer
Can't wait to see the next few!
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kartracer57Hobbyist Writer
You should make a book about this stuff. If you're interested, I know some publishing companies who might publish something like that. Also, SWEET!
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I would rather not, as there are some larger quality shifts in the art...and what is the point of selling something that can be gotten online for free?
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kartracer57Hobbyist Writer
Good point. But if you change your mind, just message me.
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Although, not sure if an US publishing company would be helpful in Germany.
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kartracer57Hobbyist Writer
Oh, yeah. That's right. You live in Germany. My bad.
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Those are some incredible descriptions, very creative, yet they really do seem like something that could evolve, given the right conditions. I'm very impressed. :)
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Might be because they are based on real-life animals. This one is a mashup of squid, brachiopod and crinoid, for example.
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Still pretty damn impressive to create a mashup which is biologically sound like this. I can see the influences, the squid is particularly obvious in the general shape and the filtering tongue organ is nicely adapted from the crinoids.
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I do it mostly by having a rough design and filling it up with the necessary parts, based on the function.
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AtlasArtifexStudent Digital Artist
This is really awesome :3
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PeteriDishHobbyist General Artist
wow I didn't see this one! You've probably finished it by the time I arrived! wonderful! =)
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