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Renschinia and Palagalea by Hyrotrioskjan Renschinia and Palagalea by Hyrotrioskjan
Two species of an new family, the Palagaleidae. These animals are known for their big exouteral claws. Like stag beetle they use these tools to fight for the right of the mating, but the risk is much higher in this case, they risk to lose the ability to reproduce.
It's like boxing with your balls, and many older males indeed have scars and broken claws.

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TheArchosaurQueen Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Interesting designs and reproductive behavior.
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you =)
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juniorWoodchuck Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013
Ein solcher Körperbau könnte zu interessanten Jägern führen...
Ich stelle mir das so vor: Der Cephalothorax ist am hinteren Ende nach oben gekrümmt & der Abdomen (Exouterus?) liegt darauf. Somit würden die Krallen nach Vorne zeigen & könnten als Mandibeln eingesetzt werden.
Das Auge könnte wie bei Sellaoculus U-förmig gekrümmt sein, damit die Mandibeln und das Auge etwa auf der selben Höhe sind.
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Professional General Artist
In der tat, ich hatte schon an ähnliche Konzepte gedacht :nod:
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cybershot Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013
Nice!!!!!!!
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you :lol:
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cybershot Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013
WAW!!!!!!
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Zippo4k Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013
Interesting... I could see these designs working best if the animals were semelparious, meaning they (at least the males) experience one breeding cycle/season in their life time. This would make the higher risk more understandable because the animals are going to die anyways.
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Wait, the exouterus can regenerate, right? Well, so much for that idea. Perhaps downside to loosing a fight means you might not be able to reproduce for the rest of that year's breeding season?

Even so, the exouteral claws have been begging to be developed into raptorial appendages. These are cool. :)
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks :bow:

Yes, they are semelparious, they come together each year to mate. Firstly the females arrive, then the males follow their scent. Often the females clean the ground where the males will fight to have a better look so that small arenas appear.

The Exouterus regenerates indeed... but only at females...
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herofan135 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Such cool designs, I hope I never have to box the same way they do. O_o
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