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/
Silvanus frontpage: hyrotrioskjan.deviantart.com/a…
It's kinda cute!
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.
Rather cool ideas. And that inspiration, wow, I was blown away.
I know that was also my reaction when I first saw his work
They look like computer chips!
"producing as many offspring as possible"... hahahaha!!! that's probably the simplest defense strategy ever, they basically just pump out offspring at the same rate they're dying off?
Very cool creatures.
I really like the unconventional body plan. Thanks for reminding me that I had a horizontally elongated critter for my own project to make.
I wonder what the mouth parts of those look like. I mean, they got to have rather strong "jaws" or "rasps" with driving muscles and some kind of skeleton to anchor the muscles to, if they live by eating carcasses of bigger animals.
I was wondering just the same thing for the last animal, on the other hand their are other types of mouths other than jaws or rasps, one that I find interesting is external partial digestion.
It's more rasps like, but I have no complete concept yet
I love the amount of thought put into the these.
HOLY COW FRACTALS. Could it get more awesome?
The only thing that doesn't convince me much is the toxic spikes. If they're not that useful in deep waters, one would assume they wouldn't take the energetic cost of growing them in the first place. Unless the pictured one actually lives in shallows.
Also I took a look at Theo Jansen's work. The verdict is: unbelievably amazing
It cost not that mus to grow them, the animal is relatively slow and can put more energy in such tasks than other species. Also they don't need to produce much venom, unlike snakes, the venom is stored directly in the spikes, similar how some sea urchins do it
cool, I like the poisoned spine and bio-electrical threat display idea.
This is just too cool.
I like them.Those robots were cool too!
Well, I wouldn't say robots, they have no electronic parts, no motor and no one who drives them it's a form of kinetic art.
So , how do they move then?
Awesome as always