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Dracocentaurus alepidis by Sanrou Dracocentaurus alepidis by Sanrou

D. Alepidis is a pack predator with omnivore tendencies that lives in the saprophytic savanna of the Abzul belt.

Its physically resemble to that of the red-colored Mantis with a long "tail" used as a communication device. It's cranial head has lost its retractable ability and stands erect above the high grass of the Abzul savannas, with an oblong shape and a red crest on top, used as a sign of vitality and health, alongside the pair of infrared eyes, which are the two bluish domes that have an inverted cone inside filled with heat receptors.

Living in groups of dozens of individuals, D. Alepidis presents certain behaviors that indicate a social organization derived from conscious and communicative intelligence: different groups present distinct languages composed of sounds, body language and "tail" movements; With its frontal limbs their able to handle and carry objects; their groups present a certain social complexity based on favors, alliances and even revenge; And in a specific group, the participants of the hunt (which occurs at sunrise) repeat a pattern of clumping small stones around a specific rock formation, apparently with no specific purpose.

Needless to say, they are one of the most interesting centauromorpha there are.

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:iconkaijukid23:
Kaijukid23 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2018
They could evolve sapience
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:iconsanrou:
Sanrou Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2018   Digital Artist
Yes they could   :)
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CartoonBen Featured By Owner Edited Oct 8, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Magnifying Glass Wow. That looks cool. It looks like a praying mantis with feet like a horse and a long, slender, whip-like tail.
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:iconsanrou:
Sanrou Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2017   Digital Artist
Thank you! :D
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:iconcartoonben:
CartoonBen Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2017  Student Digital Artist
You're welcome.
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mynameisnotdave23 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
so, its mouth is a false-head? interesting...
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:iconsanrou:
Sanrou Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2017   Digital Artist
More like a extension than false-like, as if our mandibulae had a pair of eyes, a tiny brain and could by extended on a long neck. :)
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juniorWoodchuck Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2017
Another fantastic creature!
The fact that they have a form of simple society or at least a certain intelligence allowing them to use tools for their advantage is really intriguing to me...
I’m also quite impressed with how you are able to mold the same basic body shape in such diverse and aberrant forms
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:iconsanrou:
Sanrou Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2017   Digital Artist
Thanks man!  :D
They are just red centaur-like chimps. Our cousins are just more hairy  :)
Thank you! It helps that I usually represent the more "different" species in the subphylum to better show the variation of Policaptas. In total, the majority of species are cigar-shaped, like these.
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juniorWoodchuck Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2017
Anytime!
Well, a centaur-like anatomy is definitely an improvement over our boring old chimps :D

That’s fair enough though... after all, most animals here on earth look rather similar if you compare them in their basic shapes 
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Sanrou Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2017   Digital Artist
Glad you think that. :D
Yes, i just try to show the extremes of the body forms to avoid too much repetition. Just look at arthropods for example: as much diverse in form as they are, in general, the body patterns are pretty clear among it's species.
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juniorWoodchuck Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2017
That’s a pretty good idea! I’ll have to try to do that too as I tend to struggle with coming up with diverse body plans for Aurora...
You’re right about arthropods too 
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Sanrou Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2017   Digital Artist
Yep :)
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Alienietzsche Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2017
Amazing! As always!
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:iconsanrou:
Sanrou Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2017   Digital Artist
Thanks man, glad you like it  :D
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Talon0550 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2017
one question, does Dracocentaurus (as well as the rest of the life on Anu) belong to a existing animal phylum (like Arthropoda or Chordata) or does it (and the rest of the life) belong in a phylum of its/their own?
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IchthiusRex Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
So, this species is on the cusps of sentience and are right now in a similar position to the primitive humanoid Homo erectus of Earth, correct?
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:iconsanrou:
Sanrou Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2017   Digital Artist
More like chimps, actually. While they use simple tools, there's no instance of the species using fire or preparing their food by other means (yet)
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IchthiusRex Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, I understand. Thanks
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:iconsanrou:
Sanrou Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2017   Digital Artist
np :)
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Sanrou Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2017   Digital Artist
The later. Life on anu have evolved independently from earth for billions of years, to be discovered and studied. :) (Smile) 
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TheSeaLemon Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Man, this is great! I really like the eyes you designed for the creatures in this project. They're very believable and unique :)

I've also got a question! In a lot of your drawings of your Policapta, the organisms have a protrusion near their front legs. It's especially visible on your B. immanis piece, and appears to be here too (between the first and second pairs of legs). 
What's it for? 
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Sanrou Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2017   Digital Artist
Thank you!  :D
It's their genitals/excretory organs. Since there are no sexual dimorphism on the capillosoma, almost all of them have "penises" on their front, and this protrusion is where they are.   ^^
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TheSeaLemon Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, cool! Have you worked out how they reproduce? Do they have sexes at all, or are they hermaphroditic, or something else entirely?
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Sanrou Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2017   Digital Artist
Sexual reproduction, like us, with the difference being that there are no separate sexes. Usually, with exceptions, they reproduce exchanging "gametes" between them, in a game of strength, where's the strongest impregnates as many as it can. :)
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TheSeaLemon Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, awesome! I'm getting some flatworm vibes ;)
I always thought they way some of them reproduce is super interesting. 
Keep on making cool stuff! This project is fantastic!
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:iconsanrou:
Sanrou Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2017   Digital Artist
Thanks! Will do  :D
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Plyendell Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2017
Are these guys... pre-sentient? The Anu version of chimps, perhaps?
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:iconsanrou:
Sanrou Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2017   Digital Artist
Yep! that's exactly the comparison i've had in mind. :D
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:iconplyendell:
Plyendell Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2017
Awesome!
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SomeKindaSpy Featured By Owner Edited Sep 26, 2017
YES! More aliens from Anu! :D

Oh, fantastic as ever!
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:iconsanrou:
Sanrou Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2017   Digital Artist
Thank you! Glad you like it! I am a dummy! 
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Dinosaurlover83 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2017  Student Artist
nice
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:iconsanrou:
Sanrou Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2017   Digital Artist
Thanks! ^^
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darthmobius Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Incredible. Another home run.
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:iconsanrou:
Sanrou Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2017   Digital Artist
Thank you! Appreciated  :D
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:icondesorages:
DesOrages Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is amazing! Was this inspired by anything?
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:iconsanrou:
Sanrou Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2017   Digital Artist
thank you! :D
This design was my first attempt at alien design when I was a little child, a reptile/insect/draconic/centaur, so I guess you can say it is inspired by my childhood.
This entire project was build around it, btw. I am a dummy! 
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DesOrages Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice!! I love it!
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:iconsanrou:
Sanrou Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2017   Digital Artist
Thanks! ^^
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DesOrages Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem!!
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CPtheLunarGoat Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2017  Student Digital Artist
This is very amazing! ^^
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:iconsanrou:
Sanrou Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2017   Digital Artist
Thanks! I am a dummy! 
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CPtheLunarGoat Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Np! :la:
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gishinaki Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WHOA!!! THIS IS REALLY COOL!!


i think this is my favorite alien design you've ever made so far!!! :0
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:iconsanrou:
Sanrou Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2017   Digital Artist
Thank you! Glad you like it! :D
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gishinaki Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
youre welcome!! i love it!!
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:iconsanrou:
Sanrou Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2017   Digital Artist
La la la la 
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