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Planet Adam - 1000 leagues
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Published: August 15, 2014
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My 1000th deviation, not counting journal entries. Thanks everyone for the watches.

Common name: Jawbreaker

This species of dankagoni is closely related to the pelagic predator used in the anatomy drawing of planet Adam*. But its different colouring and jaws means it lives a completely different lifestyle. Jawbreakers get their name from their strong mouths and colouring which ressemble the popular gobstopper. They swim slowly and sometimes remain suspended in the water while accompanying a specific breed of living coral. The latter shares the Jawbreaker's coloring and even have flowers and leaves shaped similarly to its fins and protrusions.
The coral serves as camouflage for the meter long creature from larger predators, but also as bait. Cunning coral hunters, like the Zizanipazo, hunt the coral's precious leafy protusions and need to come in close range to grab one. If they are unseen, the Jawbreakers can counter attack with a short burst of speed and instantly crush the attacker with its jaws. Those jaws are shorter than those of the pelagic relative but also have more bite power to crush the thicker shelled coral hunters.
If the jawbreaker fails to catch a prey item after using its short burst of speed, it will need to rest for a considerable long time before being able to swim that quickly again (usually one hour).

"The jawbreaker's design was inspired by gobstoppers and leafy seadragons"
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These look a lot like my "dragnet fishes" which are not nearly as thought out at this stage, being based off of mere doodles. I imagined them as distant cousins of the lancelet. I'm not sure I have any in my gallery, but I know I have some on the blog InkDoodler.com. Maybe they will give you further ideas.
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Wouldn't that connector be a weak spot? Might want to add some armor there . . .
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armor would make it less flexible. Think of it like the ponytail as a samurai, if a predator was able to get that close to its belly area, it would've been as good as dead anyway.
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