ROUND #042 VOTING

Topic: Blind Hunter

Deadline for the voting: Wednesday, 26th April 2006

Posting thread (closed):
http://www.conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=65654









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artist: Simonl
concept:
Whiskered Cave Grouper
These predators live in subterranean lakes fed by warm volcanic springs. The fish has a formidable array of non visual senses. It has a highly evolved sense of smell and taste plus electro receptors to detect the muscular contractions of prey animals. It uses these passive senses to close to striking range, before lashing the target with it's powerful sonar. This can daze the prey as well as giving the fish a clearer picture of it's target.


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artist: Destinatus
concept:
Velkarin
This hunter is indigenous to tropical and dense forest environments. Because of it's blindness it's other senses have been hightened and natural selection has worked in favor of aiding in their sensitivity. It has a pig-like nose and bat-like ears to aid it in smelling and hearing its prey. The tail is used for balance and the legs allow it to move very fast. The fur is a dark greenish-yellow that helps this hunter blend in with its environment while stalking it's prey.


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artist: Tyranx
concept:
Trasilificus
In the vast oceans of Reemyl IV, the Trasilificus hunts its prey. It is an incredible hunter, especially since it is completely blind. Its eyes are nearly gone now, and only an oval shaped fleshy surface remains of what used to be an eye. While Federation scientists are still trying to piece together what little they know of this incredible predator, they believe that the Trasilificus uses its bio-luminecsent lights on either side of its long neck to help it hunt. As it bites into its prey it releases an electrical charge to immobilize its prey while it rips it apart. the lights also help in courtship as the female of the species can see perfectly and is able to spot the males from hundreds of feet away. Also in a strange twist of nature it is the female that seeks and fights over male Trasilificus.
The incredible planet of Reemyl IV and its planetwide ocean provide years upon years of research to marine bioligists and although there are as many theories as there are scientists, they all can agree on one thing; its vast ocean is a very dangerous place. the Trasilificus which can reach lengths of up to 50ft was long thought to be the top predator in the Reemyl IV ecosystem, but recent sightings of mauled and dismembered Trasilificus floating on the surface has forced scientists to reevaluate what they think they know about this mysterious ocean.


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artist: hwango
concept:

Chiropteran Striders are distantly related to bats, though their powerful upper limbs have developed into strong legs instead of wings. This configuration allows a Strider to run and leap after its prey. The lower limbs, so underdeveloped in bats, are instead agile hand-like claws. Chiropteran Striders often stun their prey with a powerful kick and then use their smaller claws to slice open arteries or otherwise cripple a target. The creature uses sound and scent to track and target its prey, having lost its sense of sight completely.


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artist: Snarfevs
concept:
Opalescent Vampire Riot Quoll - Vampyrodiscorsyurus opalescens Snarfii
The ~60-cm long opalescent vampire riot quoll (actually no relation to any marsupial clade) is a totally blind dusk ground-level predator of the planet Ciqhuetera possessing unusual carbon-silane biochemistry. The riot quoll is so named because of its ability to produce a >170 dB screech by rapidly discharging the gas-filled sacs on the side of its head through its mouth with an astoundingly powerful smooth-muscle contraction, whilst simultaneously producing a prodigious 900 lumen-second flash from the opal-like growths on its chest, which effectively operate as organic LEDs powered by electric-eel-like electroplaques nestled under the abdomen. It makes sense that the riot quoll has lost the use of its eyes as the flash it produces would leave it blinded anyway.
This makes the riot quoll the closest thing to a flashbang grenade nature can muster. Glittering as it stalks the pale dusk light of Ciqhuetera the riot quoll draws curious prey closer, periodically touching its sensitive tail to the ground to detect vibrations. When an animal is near enough the riot quoll strikes, blinding and deafening anything within 10 meters, the echo of the screech providing a detailed snapshot of the surroundings gleaned interferometrically by the sensitive but sturdy piezocrystalline tympanic membranes that project like wings from the quoll's head. The stunning attack can also be used to escape from larger predators. The texture of the riot quoll's chest has a distinct echo signature that signals riot quolls not to eat potential mates.


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artist: chaosrocks
concept:

this predatory blind moth drifts through the forest at night on silent wings. Her supersensitive back legs and tail are sensitive to motion, whereas her feathered antenae are sensitive to heat. When she senses a prey animal she drifts down until she can grab the prey with her lightening fast forelegs and bite its head off with her feirsome pincers.


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artist: MIKECORRIERO
concept:
Finned A-Wakashi
The Blind Hunter as it's known, a formidable hunter that uses heat seeking sensors along its body to locate prey through pulses sent out along the surface of the ground. This pulse is very much like a bats sensors where it projects a 3-dimensional image inside the A-Wakashi's brain mapping out the lay of the land and picking up on anything living. The heat pulse runs along the ground as well as heading up rocks, trees and over water inside of a 200 foot radius. These pulses are constantly generated unless the A-Wakashi is sleeping. This predator hunts at random whenever nutrition is necessary, it makes no distinction between day or night since it lacks any optical organs. It can sense the difference between fire and a living animal but only through movement.
This predator is in the insect family but it contains a skull and brain as well as an exoskeleton for optimal efficiency and defense. Weighing in at about 30lbs the A-Wakashi is similar in size to the common house cat. One with extreme jaw pressure capable of splitting its jaw and dislocating the lower portion to open at much larger sizes when its small jagged teeth are incapable of cutting up its food source. The small teeth are more for grasping its prey than actually chewing it up. Several areas of this creatures body are protected by spiked thorns which project a small toxic venom, enough to keep its prey or predator stunned while it either escapes or feeds upon the intruder. A-Wakashi were descendants of Japan back in the old ages, they have survived and since then decreased in size and lost their ability to swim, though the fins remain vestigial they are still used for protection.
Extremely Quick, Armored, Extreme Nasal Cavities, Dangerous and Intelligent Hunters.


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artist: Azathoth
concept:
The Mzta -Nicto or(Flying death shrimp)
IT flies over jungle canopies listenning for bird chirps or treetop movement..Then decends and tears them to little feathery bits.


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artist: michamachtlos
concept:
hell dog
blind hunters are hell-slayer dogs. they were bred to kill suspect gatecrashers.
these dogs don't feel any pain. they are telepathic and have re-growing bones and teeth.
the indomitable creatures are in chains until they are released to go hunt the gatecrasher.


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artist: Condottiere
concept:
Vorstguult
These viscious creatures have a strong perception of electromagnetism. They have no eyesight or hearing, so they manage to sense their prey by aligning with an area which has a strong electromagnetic output. Living creatures block a certain amount of electromagnetism, and if a Vorstgluut senses this blockage, they will move towards the blockage and attack it. They live somewhat near the poles, where electromagnetism is the strongest.


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artist: atomicsushi
concept:
arctic suffix
arctic suffix. (they came by that name because they are constantly running after something) they dwell & hunt mainly in ice caverns where they utilize a form of short-range echo location to hunt quick rabbit-like prey.
from deep within it's chest, steady bursts of infrasonic sound (generally inaudible to humans), are created and then channeled through the complex network of hollow cavities within its skull. unfortunately for the suffix, their preferred meal is quicker, smarter and can see. so they are forced to chase blindly after their wily prey....which usually ends up in the suffix crashing face first into a wall of ice. luckily, it has a very thick skull and is back on the hunt moments later. eventually, they wear-out their targeted prey with sheer stubborness and seemingly boundless energy.


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artist: Nexus
concept:
Tiresadont
The Tiresdadont lacks sight in the normal spectrum of what could be considered vision. However this blind predator is equipped with three sets of nasal passages in place of the typical optical organs. This extensive olfactory system is linked to an advanced neural system which interprets odor, its location, its intensity, etc. much in the same way that the eye interprets the surrounding environment. In this way the Tiresdanot is capable of sight without the use of any occular means. The large nasal passages are often viewed as the Tiresadont's eyes by its unsuspecting prey. Often the Tiresadont can be facing away from its prey and strike without warning since it relies solely on scent and the direction which it is "looking" towards gives no indication as to what it might be focusing upon. In order to further augment the efficiency of this predator the Tiresadont has evolved long tentacle protrusions which aid in determining its surroundings and snaring its prey. It is not uncommon for the Tiresadont to position itself in a low tree branch to lie in wait for a meal and then to snatch the unwitting creature bodily from the forest floor. Despite its lack of eyes the Tiresadont remains an apex predator.


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artist: aturkone
concept:
Afto gyometus
This intruder creature and a related species has a paralysing
touch which kills their victims within ten minutes.
They are totally blind and they use their detection
system both to orientate and to prey.They sometimes
use the sense of smell to find their food.
Adult male creature feed on blood whereas female creatures
are notorious for seeking the necrotic meal they needs
to collect enough bacteria to lay eggs.


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artist: artiphats
concept:
Jaden Leoperthia aka the Jungle Phantom
With nostrils that can smell the scent of prey from 5 miles away, and extremely sensitive ears that can hear small footsteps from even further when it tunes into that direction, the Jungle Phantom does not need (nor have) eyes when it comes time to hunt. Hiding in the trees above, and almost impossible to see with its green fur and black spots against the jungle backdrop, the Phantom leaps down upon unsuspecting prey from large branches. It is extremely quiet, thus earning the name Phantom, and has Limbs 3 times the strength of any gorilla that it uses to catch and shred prey in just the blink of an eye. Then it is back up into the trees where it will feast. Jungle Phantoms do not hunt in packs, but usually many of them can be found within a given area. As they move about they swing their tails in different directions, in order to feel the jungle around them. They are very dangerous to humans and most large animals that might be lurking on the jungle floor below them. Very hard to catch on film, and even harder to physically catch, scientists have no idea how many of them there are, and we know very little about their habits.


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artist: Brand_X
concept:

The Shell backed Snuffler hunts the forest floor of New Amazonia. The blind creature uses its multiple long tongues to feel its way through the undergrowth, quickly sucking up any small creatures it happens across.


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