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December 9th, 2007 #1
C.O.W. - #103: Spongeback - Voting!
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Concept: Lachrymosan Spongeback
One of the great success stories among the Lachrymosan Demimolluscs is Mercus Morapugnus, more commmonly called the Spongeback.
Comparable in size to the Terran cow, the Spongeback is a browsing herbivore, best known for its singular defense mechanism. Where its larger cousins, Mercus Haleona and Mercus Paraungulus, must rely solely on their elastic superdermis to protect them from predators, Mercus Morapugnus has developed a series of special organs across the superdermis known collectively as Barathrum.
Unseen in any other organism, the Barathrum is filled with a hyperabsorbant, radically erectile spongiform tissue. Simply put: when exposed to liquid, the labyrinthine vesicles within the Barathrum will stretch and essentially inflate - with some considerable speed - to a volume several hundred times their original size.
Thus, by a simple tensing of the surrounding muscles, the Spongeback can flood its Barathrum organs with liquid from neighbouring reservoirs and be enfolded in a rigid cushion that curls around its body much in the same way as does an Armadillo’s shell. While the surface of this cushion is soft and spongy to the touch, it can be up to a foot thick and is very tough indeed - tough enough to avert even the hooked cuspid-talons of the vicious Lachrymosan Dentapod.
Like its cousins, Morapugnus has a linear series of dorsal nostrils along its back, however to cope with the potential suffocation associated with the enlarged Barathrum, it has developed a series of snorkels that protrude through the thick sponge with so that it may continue to breathe while protected.
December 14th, 2007 #3
Concept: Star Eaters
Born of a combination of energy and matter, Star Eaters float through the universe feeding of the energy of suns, spreading darkness. I based the star eater off of, a lice, a jellyfish, and the moon of Saturn. The moon of Saturn is known as a sponge moon.
December 15th, 2007 #4
this is my first cow... Kinda went overboard with the description but I had too much fun...
your-The Spongeback inhabits soggy backwaters in large rivers and lakes. An ambush hunter, the spongeback lies submerged and perfectly still (often resembling a sunken log) until an appropriate morsel swims close enough to be engulfed whole.
The spongeback gets its name from its strange reproductive habits. After mating the female spongeback lays its eggs on the spongy tissue of the male's back. The eggs are quickly enveloped within the males skin where they incubate, safe from predation. When the eggs hatch the young burst from their father's back and swim away.
While not usually considered dangerous to humans, sightings of spongebacks exceeding 12 feet have been reported in more remote backwaters. Considering it's prey sources consist of anything that it can suck down it's cavernous gullet, caution is advised in waters where spongebacks are known to prowl.
December 16th, 2007 #5
She comes a spiraling through our space and air, the only goal in mind a drenching our life giving H2O. Once she is finished, she will take what she has collected back to her own. A test tube of information and knowledge, she is the carrier of life. We are the proof. Deeeeep.
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December 16th, 2007 #6
Concept: Peniculus Colossus
Peniculus Colossus are aquatic mammals there closest relation would be to the wale. Unlike the wale which swims in the water, the Peniculus Colossus has grown so large in size that it walks out of the water. In order for it not to dry out while it is above water it has evolved to have a sponge upon its back which slowly trickles stored water across its body.
December 16th, 2007 #7
Concept: Spongy Splitjaw
Splitjaws are a group of small (~1m long), solitary marine predators with unusual lower jaws that allow them to come directly down upon small prey. This is a useful evolutionary trait because splitjaws tend to feed almost exclusively upon bottom-dwelling creatures such as crabs. The spongy splitjaw (Duomandibula poriferospina) is a tropical species which begins to develop a sponge-like growth on its back around the time it reaches adulthood in order to better camoflauge itself against the reef in which it lives. Commonly poached for these sponges, this splitjaw is currently an endangered species and several conservation attempts are underway to protect the remaining few.
December 16th, 2007 #8
December 16th, 2007 #9
This large bird like creature can run trough deserts days without having to drink anything. His secret lies on his back.
When is rains his spongy back absorbs all the liquids and stores it for later. When he needs water, his body will automaticly
absorb it from his back. These birds really come in handy for people who want to cross a desert.
The Oasis a.k.a Spongeback is a great example of evolution. Because this bird didnt use his wings for flying, but for storing
water on his back, he can now absorb water trough his wings and hold a massive amount of water.
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December 16th, 2007 #10
Artist: Michael Jaecks
The Urocerous has a curious excretory system. Instead of the usual plumbing for liquid waste, the Urocerous has hyperactive sweat glands that empty from a spongy mass of enlarged pores on its back and head. All liquid waste is excreted as vapor, which in turn feeds the naturally arid atmosphere of its climate. Its strange biology directly affects the weather cycle its planet enjoys.
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December 16th, 2007 #11
Concept: The Spotted Spongeback
The Spotted Spongeback makes its home by the ocean shore, where they spend half their lives in the water, searching for food, and half of their time on land where the spongy tissue on it's back keeps it moist while away from water.
The two pictured here, have been affectionately dubbed Snarf (the red one) and Bob (the Blue one).
December 17th, 2007 #12
In a parallel universe where evolution was dictated by need instead of the fittest. The spongeback was sprung alive from the introduction of stamps and a dry tongue. They spred their seed with the glue on the back of the stamps.
December 17th, 2007 #13
December 17th, 2007 #14
Injection of carbon dioxide monster, leading to destruction of the atmosphere, the air-conditioning equipment back like huge lung
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Concept: Spongebacked Newt
The Spongebacked Newt is widely recognized for the unique care and protection it provides its offspring. Through a complicated courtship that has never been fully documented, the male Spongebacked Newt nestles the newly laid eggs onto a resilient, spongy pad located on the females back. The brightly colored dermis warns predators to stay away by emitting a foul taste if any should attempt to devour the female and her precious cargo.
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