Since Anu is a lower-gravity planet with a huge space in land mass, larger organisms were sure to exist. The Eden Valley is a high-density tropical forest where small creatures that can move faster and with ease between the foliage got the evolutionary advantage, whereas being big isn't as advantageous as one can presume. But that doesn’t mean its creatures where not to grow in size at some point.
Astrocranium pentacuspis AN.
Organizing themselves in herds of dozens of individuals, Astrocranium pentacuspis is a herbivore that roams the Eden Valley following the rivers that flow through it. Their mandibular head is equipped with a thick beak with “horns” whose frontal form appears as a five-point star, and it is used to defend territory and quarrel among themselves.
Pineinasus grandis AN.
Pineinasus grandis live in groups up to 10 individuals in the “savannas” at the outer regions of Eden Valley. These savannas are colonies of saprophytic organisms that resemble tall grass and form a huge stripe around ANU, north and south of the Abzul belt, serving as source of food to several species, including the Pineinasus. With space and a lot of food, their size is advantageous for protection against smaller animals, alongside their tall legs to see above the “grass”, and their spiked beak that can be ejected in a close distance to “ram” any treat that may appear.
For a while I thought that the ANU megafauna would be limited to medium sizes with few exceptions like the Megaposticranium or the Magnopelus, or being the largest species somewhat similar to stick insects, with elongated and delicate bodies, but this is really surprising and I like it.
While these creatures are big, and there are bigger ones to come, the average size of Anuanean creatures is similar to the Terrestrials.
This week there will be more, don't worry
Anu is quickly establishing itself as a project on the level of Snaiad or Darwin IV. I can't wait to see what comes next.
It really means a lot that you have put the name of my little project alongside those two. Thanks! ^^
"their spiked beak that can be ejected in a close distance to “ram” any treat that may appear." Treat or threat?
It's 'threat'. my typo, thanks for letting me notice
I love zooming in all the way on them and just look at the different textures on their body parts, the effort you out into these and the level of detail is simply astounding!
I never really thought there’d be animals this big on Anu somehow... I mean I know that the gravity’s lower than on Earth so it makes total sense but I was very surprised by these nonetheless (in the most positive of ways of course). The proportions and that mandibular antler of Astrocranium are especially cool to me
Glad to know you liked it. Yep, as big as they are (and there are even bigger ones to come) There are not much variety species of large animals on the planet. Anu is a arid place with stripes of green here and there, not much in the abundance department.
At this point, you can just assume that I'll like anything you upload and you’d be right
Even bigger, eh? Definitely looking forward to seeing those!
But it makes sense that there isn’t a great variety of large animals like that since only the Abzu Belt around the equator seems to be hospitable enough to support a large and diverse ecosystem. Areas further out from the equator and closer to the poles would most likely not have the biomass available needed to support such large organisms.
I’ve been meaning to ask: how long does it take you to paint a creature like that?
Well, that's where you're wrong! hahaha
The polar forests (Darwin and Wallace) are pretty "hospitable" places in the planet, due to the lower incidence of solar radiation and the moistured winds that end there after crossing the great deserts. The biggest creature on the planet resides on the Darwin forest, south. But the size has more to do with the way it's phylum has evolved than the environment itself.
hmm... About five days of planning, sketching, and designing it, and an average of 3 days of execution. Less or more, that's it. The thing is I have about 50 species ready to paint, it's just that my GPU died last month and I'm trying to get another. After that, I'll try post once a week, maybe setting a patreon or something.
Ah alright, that’s pretty cool though. seeing as there are large dry areas between these more hospitable zones, I could imagine there being a form of geographic isolation leading to vastly different species. Have these large deserts always been present on Anu or are they a more recent emergence? Because if they have been there for a long time, most of the polar animals would have evolved from desert dwellers which could lead to some interesting adaptations.
Alright, thanks! I just asked because I’m getting more into digital art myself and was curious about how much time other people spend on their digital artwork...
Hearing those plans of yours and knowing how many species you have lined up definitely makes me even more excited for the future though
No problem mate, happy to answer. If you want any tips or opinions, just ask away
In that case, I might bug you some more with questions like this in the future