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Tecticursor by Hyrotrioskjan Tecticursor by Hyrotrioskjan
The first explorers called this creatures tree crocodiles, not because of their appearance but their treacherous behavior. There is nothing what a silvanian plant eater fears more than the sharp and claws of this predator which always attack from above. Other animals on Silvanus are also able to walk on the underside of leafs and the giant branches of the Mundodendralis trees, but only Tecticursur call this enviroment really it's home. There are several species, and with 2,3m is T. atrox the biggest, it's even able to hunt middle sized Scutoceratids like Furcaceras.
Maybe you are now surprised that a animal of this size is able to surprise a relative intelligent plant eater just by Walking at the underside of a branch. Well there are many reasons for that. First and most important: you see here just the "naked" form, the Body of the predator is covered with hair and millions of small grooves which make it's skin hydrophile. For this reason the animal is normally full of lichnes and moss like plants, the perfect camoufalge for a predator of this habitat. in addition Tecticursor have large eyes and often hunts in twilight and sometimes even during the night.
Another reason for the success of this pseudo-athropod is its surprising speed when it's necessary.

P.s.: This creature was inspired by an suggestion of :icondragontunders:
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Bhurloka12 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014
Their planet has low gravity? I'm not sure if something with an exoskeleton can do well at that size with Earth's gravity...
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Professional General Artist
Yes low gravity :nod:
titanlizard Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014
Reminds me to the Cloverfield parasites. Lol o.O
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Professional General Artist
Never seen them, but thanks =)
TrueStripes Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Student General Artist
Can We Get A Fully furred/ lichened version? like in its camouflage? this is fascinating 
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
Maybe one day...
TrueStripes Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Student General Artist
Christmas present to your fans? :3
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
Maybe... =)
Kaijukid23 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013
a demon Weta..
Zinnorokkrah Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013
Well that's quite horrifying. Wouldn't want to run into one of those, well, anywhere really. Why do you keep giving me reasons to not want to go to your planet? I'm quite conflicted now :P

I'm going to guess from the shape and orientation of the legs that the rear limbs are the primary killing weapons, the jaws are the secondary killing weapons, and the other limbs are for supporting it in the trees? Could it even walk on the ground?
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