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Megaposticranium magnus by Sanrou Megaposticranium magnus by Sanrou

New critters!

The Policapta(?) are a family(?) of capillosoma that presents some distinct features:

Rigid organs of internal and external nature used as suport to the body (bones); a composed “head” with two distinct parts (mandibular head and cranial head); External gestation of the reproductive eggs; “dry” breathing: different from their blandopoda cousins, their lungs don’t need to be soaked in water to be capable of exchanging gases with the atmosphere;

Megaposticranium magnus AN.  is a big policapta predator that lives in the lowest regions of Eden Valley. Usually living on pairs or trios, Megaposticranium hunts bigger preys than themselves using their cranial head equiped with: a pair of nose tubes that scatter through the enviroment; circular external “eardrums” to hear distinct sounds from kilometers; and small eyes to focus on the hunt.

They chase and encircle the prey from diferent points, then ejecting their mandibular head at high speed in a pierce and grasp motion.

Being highly territorial, is not uncommon to see different groups fighting each other, which can lead to fatal results.



Sorry for murdering the english language (corrections and suggestions are welcome) Sweating a little...

Project: sanrou.deviantart.com/art/ANU-…

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SomeKindaSpy Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2017
Those are some huge ears!
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Sanrou Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2017   Digital Artist
I hear you I am a dummy! 
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SomeKindaSpy Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2017
:D (Big Grin) I am a dummy! 
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CartoonBen Featured By Owner Edited Jun 29, 2017  Student Digital Artist
I still don't really understand what you meant by murdering the English language, but this picture is awesome. Was this influenced by fish, chameleons, and dragonfly nymphs?
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Sanrou Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2017   Digital Artist
Thanks! ^^
It was this guy:
youtu.be/E_mbnXJh2Dk?t=47
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CartoonBen Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2017  Student Digital Artist
:) (Smile)  Oh. So it was the spear mantis shrimp? That's cool. So apparently the creature's arms have evolved into jaws. Right?
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Sanrou Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2017   Digital Artist
oh no, only the jaw mechanism. :)
It is a evolutive variation from this: Deinarthrognatha acuta
Inspired by the xenomorph, one could say. :D
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CartoonBen Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2017  Student Digital Artist
:) (Smile)  Really? That's cool. The Deinarthrognatha looks like a shark with an upside down head. :D (Big Grin)  I like it.
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Sanrou Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2017   Digital Artist
Thank you! :D
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CartoonBen Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2017  Student Digital Artist
You're welcome. ;) (Wink) 
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Celestinavigator Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2016
This is so delightfully odd.
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Sanrou Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2016   Digital Artist
Glad to know i reach my goal. Thanks! ^^
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Celestinavigator Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2016
Welcome)
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DavidDunmer Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
очень интересный дизайн животных!
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Sanrou Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2016   Digital Artist
Thank you! :D
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HUBLERDON Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool critter! Love the maw!
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Sanrou Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2016   Digital Artist
Thanks!  ^^
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Master-of-the-Boot Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
I have to ask. what is this thing? 

I'm totally captivated by how alien it is. It's literally like nothing I've ever seen. The closest thing I can compare it to is Hallucigenia. 

It's so alien but the thing about this creature is that it's so believable. I could actually see it living, growing and reproducing. It's not just another fantasy monster. It feels like a flesh and blood beast. 
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Sanrou Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2016   Digital Artist
Thank you. :D
It is part of a ongoing speculative evolution project set in a small planet called ANU. I guess you already bumped on it, but here it is the gallery folder: sanrou.deviantart.com/gallery/…
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Zippo4k Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2016
You've gotten very good at coming up with uniquely alien designs. I'm very impressed (and a little jealous)! :D
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Sanrou Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2016   Digital Artist
Thank you very much! :D
For years your work have inspired me, the jealousy is mine Wink/Razz 
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Zippo4k Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2016
That really does mean a lot.
One thing I love are the bizarre, spindly legs your creatures have which, for the size (which also is striking since these animals seem better built to be smaller than they really are), look as though they should not be able to support their weight. However, as mentioned, since these animals are living in an environment with low-gravity and/or a thick atmosphere, these body plans actually make more sense. The shape of these creatures is almost geometric, which is something I appreciate (my own work depicts creatures that are unnecessarily lumpy or wrinkly, I feel).

I hope you keep this up. :)
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Sanrou Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2016   Digital Artist
Thank you!
It's really cool having your work recognized by someone you admire. :D
and you got it, i design my creatures using (for the most part) arthropods as reference, thus the impression of being more big than they should (one of my goals: "alien" not only in form, but on feeling).
I find the aesthetics that you call "lumpy and wrinkly" one of the strongest points of your work: It's unique, really well done and have its peculiar charm. Its easy for most people screw this up (like me).
You are one of the best B&W there is in this genre. Nod 
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mightycucumber Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2016
Incrível! :wow:
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Sanrou Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2016   Digital Artist
Obrigado! :D
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Zgerken Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2016
A very interesting creature you have here!
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Sanrou Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2016   Digital Artist
Thanks, glad you think that! :D
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Zgerken Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2016
;)
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2016  Professional General Artist
Nice, very nice =)
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Sanrou Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2016   Digital Artist
Thank you. ;) (Wink) 
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InkGink Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
YAY Sanrou! Your creatures are so amazing and the art you do is so impressive! I feel so lucky to just be able to see and read your amazing creations! 

I would love to see some future earth fauna by you, it would be interesting!
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Sanrou Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2016   Digital Artist
thank you very much! :D
I'll probably do something like that in the future, when i finish my little xenobiology project. =P (Razz) 
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InkGink Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool! Keep being a great person and keep making great work!
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Sanrou Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2016   Digital Artist
appreciated.  ^^
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InkGink Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay.
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juniorWoodchuck Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2016
I know I have said it a lot before but every new upload from you gives me another reason to say it: your designs are absolutely incredible!
ANU has quickly become my favorite exobiology project due to its stunningly imaginative and masterfully illustrated inhabitants... every new upload fills me with that same sense of wonder I felt when I first discovered your stuff and I have a new favorite creature with each new update :D
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Sanrou Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2016   Digital Artist
wow man, thanks! It really means a lot coming from you, since your Aurora project is my favorite!
Maybe we can do some work together in the future.  :)
I always try to be consistent with my creations and i'm glad that i attend to the expectations of people. :D
btw, just to make a little thing clear for me, Loricatitans= Cetophas, right?
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juniorWoodchuck Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2016
You are most welcome! :D
That would be amazing! I don’t think i’ll have time for it all too soon as I’m currently focused on my personal projects and I’ll go to university soon... I’m sure I’ll find some time sooner or later though :)

Yes, the genus is now no longer called Loricatitan but Cetophas... there might still be a species called Loricatitan though. 
"Springjaw" was more of a placeholder name too... these are now called Osteocheilids
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Sanrou Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2016   Digital Artist
Got it, all best on your studies. ;) (Wink) 
Thanks for clarifying! :D
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juniorWoodchuck Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2016
Thank you!
Anytime :)
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salpfish1 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice design, looks different from the other blandopoda.:) (Smile) 
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Sanrou Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2016   Digital Artist
Thank you! Nod 
The Policapta are too distant to be considered blandopodas, while shared a common ancestor at some point (three pairs of legs, respiratory sistem, reproductive organs, etc.)
It's a new Family(?) :D
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salpfish1 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome!:) (Smile) 
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ART5EC Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the design, but the legs don't really make sense to me. Unless this organism is nigh impossibly light-weight or somehow supported by lighter-than-air gasses those spindly legs simply won't support the mass of the body. It would also need some kind of counterbalance on its backside given the size of its head.
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Sanrou Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2016   Digital Artist
Glad you like it and thank you for your input. ;)
I've considered every point you brought up as i was sketching.
As salpfish1 mentioned, Anu has very low gravity, plus the Capillosoma are not so heavy as they look, sice their density is not as massive as ours.
As the size of the head that you mentioned, think its more like their shoulders, suported by a pair of stronger legs than the other two, putting the center of mass lightly in the middle of the two first pairs.
a lot of things don't look right in nature itself, yet they work. :D
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ART5EC Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, that's different then. Keep up the good work!
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Sanrou Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2016   Digital Artist
Thanks!
I will. :D
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salpfish1 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
ANU is a very low gravity planet.
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Dragonthunders Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Very amazing this critter, this is one of the best and most crazy predator designs I've seen :o
It would be nice to see it hunting a prey :)
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Sanrou Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2016   Digital Artist
Thank you! I'm doing some scenes of ANU for the future, maybe they will appear again. I am a dummy! 
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