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Aeronantis nocturnus (Blandoptera)
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Published: January 19, 2018
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Starting 2018, i present to you guys a Family of the Blandopoda that had conquered the skies: the Blandoptera! (Very original, I know)

Airsharks, basically.

The amount of different flying species on Anu is at least 5 times bigger than here on Terra, and a large portion of those are from Blandoptera, who mostly populates the skies of the Abzul Belt.

They are three-winged creatures (usually with a predatorial branch adapting the frontal limbs into "grabbing" appendages and whatnot) with its limbs adapted on a bland, fine and porous membrane (different from Ciliomembrana, for example).

Another characteristic is the almost predominance of a "serpent form", probably derived from the way they fly: it is literally sky swimming. The low gravity of the planet, the denser atmosphere, a flat anatomy and the abundance of “air-sacs” on the blandoptera's body help a lot to  agile, fast-pacing an quick maneuvers on an elongated form.




Aeronantis nocturnus is a unique blandoptera: it’s the only flying predator that hunts at night, in nocturnal rains of ANU. Its body presents a rubbery texture, they are pretty light weight (an average human can hold one of them on one arm without problem) and its wings are slippery and strong.
You can say that his skin it is its own raincoat.

Their frontal limbs had adapted on a pair of snatching arms that can grab and hold small creatures that hide from the nocturnal rains under the “leaves” of the tallest “Trees” of the Abzul Belt.

 

 

PS.: Happy 2018!


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BLITZandBLAZE's avatar
Cool bug! It kinda looks like one of those giant dragonfly serpents from Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
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Sanrou Digital Artist
Thank you!  :D
Indeed they do!
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awesome (reminds me of Sheather888's Sunsharks)
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Thank you! :D
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Predatorslayer03Hobbyist Artist
So inventive! Great design as always :D
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Sanrou Digital Artist
Thank you very much! :D
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PeteriDishHobbyist General Artist
amazing!
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Sanrou Digital Artist
Thanks dude! :D
BLITZandBLAZE's avatar
Cool bug! It kinda looks like one of those giant dragonfly serpents from Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind.
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PeteriDishHobbyist General Artist
No worries! I love your critturz!!! 😋
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Sanrou Digital Artist
I am a dummy! 
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DragonthundersHobbyist Artist
Amazing way to start this year :D
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Thanks man! I'm glad you like it  :D
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Couldn't ask for a better way to start off the new year! I love how blandopoda have taken to the skies in two different ways...really shows evolutionary diversity at work! Did other Anu families evolve flight? Like Policapta for example?
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Sanrou Digital Artist
Thank you! :D
Yeah, it has. There's is phylum to appear yet that is almost entire airborne  :)
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PortentosaManStudent Traditional Artist
Very interesting and beautiful creature :)
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Sanrou Digital Artist
Thanks mate!  :D
(looking foward for more of Hodea, btw)
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PortentosaManStudent Traditional Artist
Np. I am working on a "scene" painting for Hodea right now :)
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Sanrou Digital Artist
Nice to hear man! Can't wait to see it  :D
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KaprosuchusDragonHobbyist Digital Artist
how big is the biggest predatory Blandoptera?
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Sanrou Digital Artist
Hm... human-lifting big. It will appear soon  :D
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:O
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Once again, I am utterly blown away by the sheer awesomeness of your aliens! :)
Not only is the design amazing, I am also really intrigued by the description. I can really imagine these magnificent creatures swimming through the rain and snatching up smaller animals with those raptorial arms.
Also pretty intrigued by the mention of trees... looking forward to seeing those
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Sanrou Digital Artist
thanks man!
i'm working on a piece right now to explore a bit of the trees in the planet. The bad thing is, as always, i take too much time on doing so      lol
Thank you for the feedback tho, appreciatted  :D
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