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Barnards' Swordswallower by Abiogenisis Barnards' Swordswallower by Abiogenisis
Living in the oceans of a dense metal rich planet, the Swordswallower moves through the sea on a single undulating ventral fin. As it moves, its jaw sweeps planktonic life into its small mouth at the back of the 'net', where it is filtered and any food swallowed. The membrane it uses to hunt may look delicate, but is make from silk-like secretions and is easily repaired by glands in the egg shaped 'mouth'.

To alter its depth, a gas bladder fills much of its insides and can change volume at will, letting the Swordswallower feed using minimum energy.

Under the shadow of this specimen, a school of smaller fish-size relations of the Swordswallower seek shelter under its shadow. If I predator attacks, the feeding mouth of the large creature can be retracted, and the fish size creatures will hide inside. In return for this shelter, the fish like animals keep the Swallower free from parasites.

Trailing from the rear of this specimen are two long pale strings of gametes, releasing hundreds of reproductive cells into the sea as it swims, to mix in the water with the eggs and sperm of others swimming nearby.

To see the internal anatomy of this critter check out my gallery.

It was painted in Photoshop using standard fuzzy brushes set to between zero and 70% hardness, with hard brushes used for fine details.
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015
Basking shark size :)
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Gd8909 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015  New member
This is really awesome. also, how big is it, cause I'm imagining huge.
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:iconidahria:
Idahria Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
I don't have any... I don't have the money to get them. And the public library is closed down...
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015
Biology textbooks!
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:iconidahria:
Idahria Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Amazing... I would make one... If I knew more about science. O.O
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014
Manta rays are pretty cool ;)
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:iconraptor347:
raptor347 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
why can't earth have this, it's so awesome!!!
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:iconaschisworkshop:
AschisWorkshop Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014
love the water and light. beautiful sun spots!
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
One of the first scifi books I ever read :)
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:iconjustin5578:
justin5578 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014
Planet Kithrup perhaps?
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014
Thanks :D
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:iconpagpaglelo:
pagpaglelo Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014
you're very good, these pictures are amazing!
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:iconyzkethrag:
yzkethrag Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:O
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:iconaditya2:
Aditya2 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How big is this? And Do a size comparison of all your creatures in all your art!
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:iconriftroamer:
riftroamer Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've seldom seen such convincing artwork of alien lifeforms. I'm totally mesmerized... :)
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:iconmyrethy:
Myrethy Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Ah. Makes sense.
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:iconarchipithecus:
Archipithecus Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think the pointy end is the front. Above axe like think you can see the trailing gametes.
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013
Thanks, I try to think like evolution :P
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:icontehbaker:
tehbaker Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
Love your ability to think outside the box and adapt your creatures' biology to it's environment. Very refreshing, very awesome :)
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:iconaditya2:
Aditya2 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Tell me EVERYTHING about the Swordswallower, from behavior, to how it eats, to how it reproduces, and how it swims.
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:iconmyrethy:
Myrethy Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Wait... which end is which? :confusion:
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
:D
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:icona-d-mcgowan:
A-D-McGowan Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Professional General Artist
magnificent
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:iconwatcherinthepuddle:
WatcherInThePuddle Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This never gets old....
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
Glad you found my stuff :P I remember doing that article :)
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:iconchuckwalton:
ChuckWalton Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
WOW! remember this in Imagine FX! YOU deliver masterpieces and I am so glad I found your work! This illustration and the very concept is outstanding!
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
Not wierd at all, I love you too!
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:iconreekhavoc121:
reekhavoc121 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
Hey Abio, don't be weirded out please but I love you! Everything you make is what I dreamed about when I was in elementary school. I'd do anything to actually see these things in person. Also there has got to be a worlds out there that sustain these lifeforms in which you create. Keep up the amazing work!
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
Thats the fun part :D
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:iconlascas:
Lascas Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012
It's not just coming up with the appearance of the creature, but coming up with the biology for it that makes it cooler.
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:iconsabbatica:
sabbatica Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This has always been my favourite piece on dA! Your artworks are so beautiful~
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soulvector888 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
I love reading the text that provides the backstory for your illustrations.
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
:D
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:iconslowerthanzero:
SlowerThanZero Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow!! Great job! This looks like is a real photograph!
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:iconsabbatica:
sabbatica Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Student Digital Artist
One of my favourite pieces on dA, amazing!
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:iconsharkeytrike:
SharkeyTrike Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Fantastic design! Love it!
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012
Danke :D
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:iconmerliner:
merliner Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Jesus Christ. Damn amazing. 10/10.
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:iconpentatomid:
Pentatomid Featured By Owner May 16, 2012
I am totally in love with your work!
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:iconludo38:
Ludo38 Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
Very credible !
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:iconenano3355:
Enano3355 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012
Parece real
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012
Actually they are just small creatures of a different species, but with the same evolutionary ancestor.
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:icongrisador:
grisador Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012
Its cannibal or Looking small infants ?
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:icontitointrod4rk:
Titointrod4rk Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012
The natural selection is incredible in your head !
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:iconadanks:
Adanks Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
COOOOOOOOOOL
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:iconmunchkinmay:
Munchkinmay Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Student General Artist
This is fantastic! I love making new creatures out of my head... digital art can make it look so real. Brilliant write up too :D
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:iconoblivionjunkey94:
OblivionJunkey94 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Yeah you're ones are awesome
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011
Aquatic aliens are the most fun to design :)
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:iconoblivionjunkey94:
OblivionJunkey94 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I love you're aquatic aliens so much
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011
Soon :)
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