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Fractalopoda by Hyrotrioskjan Fractalopoda by Hyrotrioskjan
These strange creatures are near relatives of the Mentiribrachia I showed you the last time (thanks for all the name suggestions, the new version is now online. 

Fractalopods are scavengers walking over the seabed, seemingly, sideways on the search for dead aniamls, but also plants which sink from the swimming forests over their... bodies (they have no head in the classic definition).
Bigger carcasses are often full of these creatures which bite small canyons in the so much larger pseudoathropods and vertebrates. 
Because they are also not invulnerable some species have toxic spikes at their flanks, like Spinolatus shows here. But how could these animals warn the predators? even a single bite could kill both, the predator and the prey. In the deeps of Xibalba colors are unimportant (but a few populations also live near the surface) and the mostly eyeless vertebrates can't recognize the form exactly. One of their best senses is the lateral line system which they use to detect the bioelectricity of animals. So the fractalopod produce a electric field which is stronger than that of an creatures of this size normally is. 
Other genera solve the problem by producing as much offspring as possible. 

When you want to know one of my inspirations for this creatutures look at Theo Jansens work: www.strandbeest.com/

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:iconijoinedcozican:
IJoinedCozIcan Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014  New member Student Traditional Artist
It's kinda cute! :dummy:
Well done!
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thans :bow:
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cybershot Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014
Nice creatures!!!!!
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you =)
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inkdoodler Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014
I recently drew something that looks very much like this, but mine was only a quick doodle silhouette and I never gave it any further thought as anything other than a caterpillar. These are very well developed.
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Professional General Artist
=D
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TheArchosaurQueen Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Rather cool ideas. And that inspiration, wow, I was blown away.
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Professional General Artist
I know that was also my reaction when I first saw his work =D
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TheArchosaurQueen Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Graceful and strange, all at once :).
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Zippo4k Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014
They look like computer chips!
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