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Fiscotaurus by Hyrotrioskjan Fiscotaurus by Hyrotrioskjan
This time male and female of one species. 
Fiscotaurus is a small and harmless cuspipodid, but it's a good organism to describe the reproduction strategy of this clade.

In the case of Cuspipoda only the males produce reproductive cells (which are similar to sperm). They produce them in the Exouterus and conduct them into a special bag near the eyes where they are packed to spermatophores. These packets are handed over to the female by an stiff cannula. Some species can knock off these structures after the mating so that the female can be only copulated by one male. Other species don't posses this alien penis/vagina and transfer the spermatophores orally (there are evidences that females can have a tastegasm).
The spermatophores are slide through an channel into the Exouterus of the female. Here they enter into an organ which looks a bit like a lung. The shell around the spermatophres mold away and the reproductive cells are spread within the Exouterus. That's the moment when the female slaugh this organ. This have a simple reason. 
The productive cells of male cuspipodids are working much more like viruses than it's earthly counterpart do it. The sperm not only attack reproductive cells but all cells of the female it can find. 
When a spermatozoon has found a cell which it can enter... it enter, and the two cell cores fuse. from this moment on the real run of survival beginns, the newborn cuspipodid is very predatory and feed on all other cells around it, even it's brothers and sisters. The gender of the new liveform is decided by the epigenetic programm of the cell the spermatozoon enter. 
When the embryo is six times bigger than it's original form it stops to eat its siblings. Now it use its new, microscopic radula like organs to feed on the material around it. Before the mating the female moved some extra nutrients into the Exouterus to provide a good start for its offspring. After a few days/weeks the up to 800 embryos have absorbed everything but the shell of it's incubator. Now they pupating and form themselves into something which looks like an miniature form of an adult (but mostly without the often characteristic horns and crests). After hatching they leave the Exouterus and begin to search for food. 
The famale used its after calws to give its children the best position for their first days out of the shell. Some species hang their Exouterus at the underside of an branch, others dig a hole with them and a few use their claws to sting into roots so that the small Cuspipoda can feed on the juice when they hatch. 


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IJoinedCozIcan Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Aww! Lovers! <3
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Professional General Artist
=D
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Kaijukid23 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013
Haven't check your gallery for a while, this is what i got...
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
Haha, things can change rapidly here =D
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Dragontunders Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Hobbyist
incredible, reminds me a Marrella splendens.
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
I noticed that too... after I finsihed it =D
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ZaubererbruderASP Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ein Hoch auf Alien-Sex :D Gefällt mir wie detailliert du alles beschreibst
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
Danke, hab lange dran gearbeitet =D
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CelestialTrilobite Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Impressive!
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks :bow:
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herofan135 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really awesome work, such a unique and intersting breeding strategy!
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you :hug:
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palaeorigamipete Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome!
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks =D
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asaenvolk Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013
The viral sperm is an interesting idea. One would think give the spike some of the Cuspipoda that a few of the species might be parasitic and lay/eject embryos into other species.
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
That's indeed a idea which is on my to-do list :nod: :clap:
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asaenvolk Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013
er ...the spike that of the Cuspipoda HAVE, that a few...
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KingOvRats Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013   Traditional Artist
Interesting breeding strategy but most importantly - Cool shape one of my favourites in alien animals I've seen. Also I can't elp to think it's head looks like an axe blade. and if some tiny intelligent race emerges on the planet one day it's gonna use them as such XD
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
well, I love axe-like shapes :p

No, they wouldn't use them as axes, they would domesticate them and ride them, because their horns are a bit formed like motor cycle handlebars =D
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KingOvRats Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013   Traditional Artist
Who doesn't?:D

Haha I thought of a motorcycle but then.. riding something that has an axeblade like thing in front of a rider? That has to end badly. Then again maybe the tiny creatures speices is called Darwinus Awardus .... =P
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
:rofl:
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Leggurm Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Very interesting.
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks :lol:
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Leggurm Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
No worries.
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Martiitram Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013
You always have brilliant ideas my friend :D
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you :bow:
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Martiitram Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013
:D
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TheArchosaurQueen Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It finally hit me...their alternative Hallucigenias :ohnoes:!
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
Haha, well partly, but sea urchins had a much bigger impact on their design =D
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TheArchosaurQueen Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, I see now. At lest I was half right.
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Sinornithosaurus Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your stuff is so good I'm favoriting everything new you put out :P
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
I hope you still evaluate objective =D
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asaenvolk Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013
This looks interesting.
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks =)
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