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Thread: C.O.W. - #103: Spongeback - Voting!

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    Cow C.O.W. - #103: Spongeback - Voting!

    ROUND #103 VOTING

    Topic: Spongeback

    Deadline for the voting: Thursday, 27th December 2007


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    Concept: Lachrymosan Spongeback

    C.O.W. - #103: Spongeback - Voting!

    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.
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    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.
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    Artist: bwitzke

    Concept: Spongeback
    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.
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    C.O.W. - #103: Spongeback - Voting!

    [B]Artist: Scorge

    Concept: Hydrosalamandrusk

    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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    Artist: Xabian

    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.
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    Artist: chriskot

    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.
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    Concept: Baleesh aka Water-carrier
    Females of these creatures travel long distances to the rivers or lakes to get the water for their offspring....
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    Artist: rWDrk

    Concept: Oasis
    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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    C.O.W. - #103: Spongeback - Voting!

    Artist: Michael Jaecks

    Concept: Urocerous
    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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    Artist: Mrianna

    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).
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    Artist: Lander

    Concept: Liqueriee
    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.
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    C.O.W. - #103: Spongeback - Voting!

    Artist: Supervlieg

    Concept: Spongehog


    These little buggers love to dwell in bathrooms and take over the place of normal sponges. They get a kick out of scaring people, but are otherwise very docile.
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