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)
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.
For years your work have inspired me, the jealousy is mine
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.
It's really cool having your work recognized by someone you admire.
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.
I would love to see some future earth fauna by you, it would be interesting!
I'll probably do something like that in the future, when i finish my little xenobiology project.
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
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.
btw, just to make a little thing clear for me, Loricatitans= Cetophas, right?
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
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(?)
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.
It would be nice to see it hunting a prey