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Utertitan by Hyrotrioskjan Utertitan by Hyrotrioskjan
Should I censor this picture?
Nah, it's just nature.

Well, you may wish to ask what you are looking at in the moment. But the answer is difficult. It's the first picture of an new series with non-pseudoathropodic animals from Silvanus and we begin with an animal which stands near the ancestors of the silvanian vertebrates. Utertitan is a inhabitant of the tidal zone and shallow waters. Like the local vertebrates it has a pair of flippers for the locomotion but in the case of Utertitan they are only functional during its youth. With an age of two years they run aground at a beach beside others of their kind. The flippers become wider and more symmertric, the mouth shorter and flatter until the animal can stand on it perfectly.
As juveniles the beasts filter their food out of the water with their gills and intestine, as adults they do it also but now stationary and they use only a part of the nutrients. The rest is for the plants which grow now on the skin of the Utertitan and supply it with glucose. The filtered water runs down the sides of the animal.
Because the adult form of this can't run or swim away and have no armor, it needs a defense weapon against land based predators so it uses its elongated intestine like a wtwer cannon.
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:iconheytomemeimhome:
Heytomemeimhome Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015
So I take it that tunicates inspired this creature?
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:iconzinnorokkrah:
Zinnorokkrah Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013
Wait, wait, wait- hold the phone. There's vertebrates on Silvanus? Can't wait to see what some of the more bizarre of them look like. Also, what did you think of the first part of my essay on magic in my world?
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
Ah thanks for reminding me, I have read it allready but haven't the time to comment it :thumbsup:
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:icondinossword:
Dinossword Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Snooping as usual I see
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
=D
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:iconevenape:
Evenape Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Silvanus' morphological and phylogenetic equivalent of a tunicate :p Awesome work, sir :D
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
:nod: =D Thanks =)
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:iconevenape:
Evenape Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
You're welcome :D
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:iconasaenvolk:
asaenvolk Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013
if the adult form in stationary, how do they reproduce? asexual?
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
~Evanape is near the truth.
Every year during 1 or two days, at a high flood the Utertitan produce a cloud of reproductive cells which it gives into the water, at males it look yellow at females blue. With the ebb the embryos are drawn into deeper water where they begin to develope. Only 2% of this 1 mm large liveforms suvive their youth. To avoid incest no juvenile run aground at a beach which smells like it's parents.
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:iconevenape:
Evenape Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Releasing spores and/or pollinating others is always an option, IMO :XD: (talking from a technical viewpoint, since I'm not the creator of this creature)
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
You were near the truth: Every year during 1 or two days, at a high flood the Utertitan produce a cloud of reproductive cells which it gives into the water, at males it look yellow at females blue. With the ebb the embryos are drawn into deeper water where they begin to develope. Only 2% of this 1 mm large liveforms suvive their youth. To avoid incest no juvenile run aground at a beach which smells like it's parents.
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:iconevenape:
Evenape Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Ahh I see... Looks reminiscent to our own corals :XD: lol
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:iconasaenvolk:
asaenvolk Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013
Well those are options, but considering they were one mobile creatures, its kinda inefficient to evolve that method and keep to it. Not saying it CAN'T happen, because it could, just that its odd.
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:iconevenape:
Evenape Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
True XD..
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Rodlox Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
i look at this, and I keep thinking "stromalite"...i didn't notice the dorsal feature until i read that far into the description.

built in water fountain feeding/watering the hangers-on. cool.
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
Many thanks :bow:
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Diplton Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this is... awesome XD I already love you for all the amazing designs you put out, but this thing is so unique, so unreal, and yet so believable! I can just see huge groups of them standing on a beach in the sun, mossy pillars like stone, but when some curious predator gets too close they all scrunch up and spit salt water at it until it runs away.
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much :hug: :lol:
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:iconredpanda7:
RedPanda7 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
Erm...
It's definitely an original design for an alien XD
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks =D
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:iconredpanda7:
RedPanda7 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013
No Problem :D
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:iconpalaeorigamipete:
palaeorigamipete Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
well the top part looks... suggestive... XD
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
=D
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:iconpalaeorigamipete:
palaeorigamipete Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:D
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:iconramul:
Ramul Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013
And all I thought when looking at this was that it looks like Prototaxites.
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
Das war in der Tat meine Basis-Inspiration :nod:
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:iconloulandlouis:
LoulandLouis Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013
let's all be honest we all thought about a weewee :-D
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
We can't escape our education =D
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joeabuy1000 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
If those things become sapient and discover humans, they might think of things in reverse.
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
What a strange thought... I like it =D
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:iconleggurm:
Leggurm Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Fantastic creature, but I can't get over how phallic it looks.
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
Haha, well that are the disadvantages of a trained brain =D
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:iconleggurm:
Leggurm Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
At times. :D
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MaxterandKiwiKing Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What a bizarre creature.....
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
:nod:
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:icondragontunders:
Dragontunders Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist
Interesting creature. :) looks like ... something I will not mention XD . one thing: this creature could survive a violent storm?
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks =)

Yes it could survive a violent storm, I haven't mentioned it yet but the upper half of the body mostly consists on very spongy/light tissue while most organs sit near the "mouth". And even when it fall into the the water it can rise again thanks to the still very muscular flippers.
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Dragontunders Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist
Ah. :)
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:iconrodlox:
Rodlox Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
how many large-bodied critters of our tidepools could survive a violent storm?
:)
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
Here my answer to ~Dragontuders:

Yes it could survive a violent storm, I haven't mentioned it yet but the upper half of the body mostly consists on very spongy/light tissue while most organs sit near the "mouth". And even when it fall into the the water it can rise again thanks to the still very muscular flippers.
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:icondragontunders:
Dragontunders Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist
How many of them are bigger than an adult human? :)
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:iconrodlox:
Rodlox Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
if we count things that live in bays and inlets as well, the sharks.
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:icondragontunders:
Dragontunders Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist
well, the shark can move to be safe, the Utertitan (adult) not
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:iconrodlox:
Rodlox Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
well, if you wish nitpickyness, neither can the stromatalites which I mentioned in my first comment to this creature-post. (and unlike the Utertitan, they have a narrow geographic range)
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Dragontunders Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist
Stromatolites are layers of accumulated microorganisms. Utertitan is more like a giant tunicate.
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evilhusky49 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013
Not gonna lie....but that looks like some one cut off the front part of a walrus planted a beanstalk in its neck and cut off its head and stuck a penus on it.......Other than that....cool... :D
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
=D :hug:
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BaryMiner Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Student General Artist
Is that its (you know what)?
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
~DemonLiness is right =)
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