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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  Student Traditional Artist
It's kinda cute! :dummy:
Well done!
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thans :bow:
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:iconcybershot:
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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:iconinkdoodler:
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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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Professional General Artist
=D
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:iconthearchosaurqueen:
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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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
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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:iconthearchosaurqueen:
TheArchosaurQueen Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Graceful and strange, all at once :).
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:iconzippo4k:
Zippo4k Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014
They look like computer chips!
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Professional General Artist
Now you mention it... =D
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grroselli Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014
"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?
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Professional General Artist
=D Indeed =D
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:iconleggurm:
Leggurm Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Very cool creatures.
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks =)
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:iconleggurm:
Leggurm Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
No worries.
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:iconramul:
Ramul Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
I really like the unconventional body plan. Thanks for reminding me that I had a horizontally elongated critter for my own project to make.
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Professional General Artist
No problem :tip-hat: 
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:iconlordwobbler:
LordWobbler Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
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.
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:iconasaenvolk:
asaenvolk Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014
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.
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Professional General Artist
It's more rasps like, but I have no complete concept yet =)
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:icondesorages:
DesOrages Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the amount of thought put into the these.
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks =D
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:icondesorages:
DesOrages Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:)
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marcoornithodira Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
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 omfg 
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you :bow:

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 =)
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palaeorigamipete Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome!
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks =D
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:iconpalaeorigamipete:
palaeorigamipete Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
sure!"
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:iconasaenvolk:
asaenvolk Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014
cool, I like the poisoned spine and bio-electrical threat display idea.
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you :bow:
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:icondrakonial:
Drakonial Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014

This is just too cool.


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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you :hug:
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:icondrakonial:
Drakonial Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014
:hug:
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:iconmartiitram:
Martiitram Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014
I like them.Those robots were cool too!
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Professional General Artist
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.
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:iconmartiitram:
Martiitram Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014
So , how do they move then?
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Professional General Artist
They are completely powered by the wind. The fans and wings they often have on their back are moving the legs and other systems of their bodies (they have also "senses"). They can even survive without wind because they can store air in plastic bottles to use it later. 
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:iconmartiitram:
Martiitram Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014
:omfg:Amazing!
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Sinornithosaurus Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome as always :B
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Professional General Artist
Many thanks :lol:
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