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C.O.W. #308. Aposematic Stalk-eyed Honey-sucker - Voting!
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-must show aposematism in your design, so it should have bright, contrasting colours
-creature has eye stalks
-feeds primarily on honey or some other sweet substance such as nectar
Last edited by Rob Powell; December 5th, 2013 at 12:54 AM.
Concept: Ambrosian Naschkatze
A creature which collects nectar rich in cyanoglucosides and which advertises its toxicity with eye-searing colours. Its four eyes sit at the end of articulated stalks. These help it triangulate its next meal with its precise proboscis. Researchers from the Speculative Mealology Institute have determined that the Naschkatze is simultaneously edible and delicious if it is soaked in water for at least 72 hours before cooking.
Artist: Sutan san
Concept: Gentle Fiddler Bear
The fiddler bear is easily recognized by it's stalk eyes and red furry coat. They're natural climbers and love to feed on smaller rodents, fish and honey. Their thick fur protects them from bee-stings and they're known to be very gentle, cuddly animals who would do almost anything for some honey. This unfortunate knowledge almost led to their complete extinction with poachers catching them for their fur and the supposed sexual enhancement potions that could be made from their eyes.
Concept: striped gulpher
First discovered in the year 2064, the striped gulpher was thought to be the rarest animal on planet earth. Only 3 of them were found in the ancient mangroves of South-East India. After studying the animal for a couple of weeks scientist decided not to interfere with its existence and set up a perimeter around the animals breeding ground. All evidence of the animals existence was destroyed and every scientist had to swear not to ever speak,write or sing about the rarity that lived in those mangroves. But nobody said anything about drawing! Hahaha Muhahah hah ha.. Dammit.. I just wrote my thoughts again
Last edited by stinkypanda; November 29th, 2013 at 05:49 PM.
Concept: Mellatoridae venellinum (venelling)
Venelling are found in mangrove-like biomes and are very docile creatures. Their specialized eyes, similar to our planet's mantis shrimp, can see a larger spectrum of colors and their range of vision is also increased by the fact that the eyes are on stalks that are able to rotate around 360 degrees. Their aposematic coloring show off their nasty trait of excreting a poisonous mucus on their skin and in bright orange sacks on their back. They attain this poison by consuming the nectar excreted in similar sacks by the vines of the mangrove like trees that they reside in.
Concept: Marsh Strider
Not much is known of the marsh strider. We suppose its vivid orange colour to be aposematic in nature, protecting them of the predators that might be tempted to attack from below, such as crocodiles. Contrary to their cousins residing in dryer areas, the marsh strider has long legs to facilitate it's movement in water.
While feeding from the nectar of water lilies with it's long, tube-like tongue, its six stalked eyes permit it to keep and eye on its surroundings. Each eye appear to move independently from the next.
We have not yet discovered the use of the plant-like structure growing on it back, some suggest it may be parasitic in nature.
I would like to work longer on this, but I have other projects I want to jump on.
Concept: Orchid Toad (a.k.a Ork Toad)
The aposematic Orchid Toad's body keeps predators away, while the wide open flower mouth attracts bees. Than jaws fast closes and the bee get crunched, ready to be swollowed with its load of sweet honey just produced. Ork Toad ar not immune to bee's poison, and the younger exemplars often dies, but adult develops immunization.
3 meter tall feathery creature living in savannah of strange alien world. it's long neck suitable for acquiring water and honey-like substance from various height of plants. bright colors of its many parts of the body are for courting purpose and as a warning for its poisonous feather
Here is my Final-
Concept: Stalk Eyed Hive Hunter
An alien creature that hunts hives for the sweet nectar inside. It's thick reptilian hide and powerful tentacle like tongue allow it to grapple and quickly devour an entire hive. Highly addicted to the sweetness, these creature will likely battle with others of its species for supremacy over the honey source.
Last edited by Fltr>Rndr>SteakSauce; December 4th, 2013 at 08:55 PM.
[*B]Artist: [*COLOR=Black]Hakuna Matata[/COLOR]
Concept: [*COLOR=Black]apis giganteum(elephant bee)[/COLOR][/B]
What would happen if insects would evolve gigantism, like the dinosaurs millions of years ago. Well apis giganteum could be an result of such an evolution. Also called elephant bee, it isn't hard to guess who its ancestors were. It can get up to 5m tall, and reach a weight of 1 ton. With the degeneration of its wings and the loss of the ability to fly, it evolved to an ground living, long distance walking creature. Also it doesn't live any longer in colonies. It lives in the savannah and with its aposematic colour scheme it is pretty qood visible, but in a world where even biger predators than the elepant bee itselv lives it needs this as a deterrent. The hwole animal is filled with the poison, which its ancestors had in their sting and now circulates through the bloodvessels. The apis gigantum subsist from the rosin of the acacia trees, from nectar of flowers (some also have gotten gigantic) and it allsow sucks other insects out. With its stalked eyes it can see nearly 270 degrees and watch for new food sources or enemies.
Katarzyna Zalecka: Sythgara
Native to exotic forests, this dog sized creature favors low grounds in the safe surroundings of flowers and plants it feeds on. While it does not poses teeth, it makes up for that with a thin, but toxic layer of fluid covering its body.
Well, here it is. As you can see I just included the male version here, made for a better picture as a whole I think. This honey sucker is an alien tree climbing lizard-monkey-like version of a heffalump pretty much. It secreets a slimy substance from its body to repel the worst of the bee stings, and its eyes work as telescopes thru the tree canopy, functioning like those of a snail. I hope it showcases this challenge properly. Good exercise anyways.
Last edited by Newmoongazelle; December 4th, 2013 at 05:27 PM.
Concept: SilkPurse Flyer
This little fellow might not be the most handsome of creatures to the human eye. However, in his world, he is a supermodel.
The line along his side will pulse different colours during the courting process. Making him quite the catch to his female counterparts.
The more varied the colours, the better his chances at finding a mate.
Its favourite food is the nectar of the Gurita, a flower that dwarfs this little creature as he flies right into its opening.
It is safe in its world as his blood is pure poison, making him unpalatable to any poor creature that might fancy a bite.
Its name comes from the old saying, 'You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear'.
Because both of its wings resemble pigs ears, attached to something as colourful and as beautiful as a silk purse.
Last edited by NoeleoN; December 4th, 2013 at 09:51 PM.
'I'd rather be lookin' at it than lookin' for it.' - Noely
Concept: Red-winged Mothbat
The Red-winged Mothbat is a nocturnal creature. It uses its serpentine tongue to access small, hard-to-reach pockets within tropical, nectar-producing succulents. Despite its aposematic coloring used to ward off predators, these creatures are absolutely harmless. If you find yourself in the Hotepa Rainforest on a hot, summer night, you are sure to see flocks of these gentle creatures take to the skies in search of a deliciously sweet meal.
Currently less than two hours till the intended deadline, but I might not be able to access the internet by then so you guys'll have an hour or two extra to work on any unfinished entries or to make any last minute changes if needed!
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I voted for Sythgara with honourable mentions to Xionix, ded, NoeleoN. Sythgara's design credibly integrates aposematic colouration and patterning with compelling anatomy and is fairly well rendered.
Xionix: we do not allow participants to vote for their own entries, I will remove the vote but if you'd like I can add your vote to someone else's entry.
Big thanks to those who voted for me.