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Bushwhacker - With Background by Abiogenisis Bushwhacker - With Background by Abiogenisis
Thought I would do an alternative version of the Bushwhacker but with a little more going on.

The tropical forest in the background is very different from those of Earth: Here, almost all the forest floor is covered with a grayish, mold-like organism. The large coral shapes on top of it are formed by the fungus and move slowly like waves across the ground, engulfing dead animals and vegetation for digestion. Large red capped fruiting bodies dot the forest, and are serviced by jungle creatures who then travel to others, and so fertilize far distant fungal colonies.

The Bushwhacker, seen here in strike position, is a predator of the mid levels of this forest. Only about a foot or so long, it moves slowly through the vines, snapping at unsuspecting creatures which pass nearby. Its pointed teeth grip prey while venom injected by the proboscis paralyzes it, making it easier to handle. If the creature loses its footing, it is slow on the ground and likely to be eaten by animals living under the fan fungus ledges.

The first xenobiologist to study this alien was stung, but the toxins never evolved to attack earthlife and so apart from significant pain they were unharmed. It was named the Bushwhacker because of its propensity for ambush, like the rural guerrillas of the American civil war.

The original is here: [link]
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PeriodicCrafter Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014
I love the concept of the forest floor being a fungal body and that there are creatures lurking under the Fungus ledges
Darwin-King Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
I love your ecology here, it's so neat. But not as neat as having a pet bushwacker would be!

Maybe de-poison-sacced?
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
Just gotta get it fed, and keep its proboscis corked.
th3punk1n4t0r Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
sommetimes I go on a favoriting binge, browsing deviantart for random things- I found this through looking for alien jungles, and I've got to say, you did a pretty good job at creating an alien creature and then fleshing out it's ecology and physiology, and the environment it lives in.
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
Thanks, I always try and make them fit a world that may be possible with biology as we understand it.
YikYik Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012
Eewwww, eww, eeeewwwwwww!!!! :fear: It's amazingly creepy looking! :XD: Very nice and well done! :nod:
28dragons Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
Avatar as nothing on you. I love your creatures and the depth of thought you put into them :,)
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
Avatar has a lot of coin on me XD
iamdemsugar Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Well done and great idea development!
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012
Thanks :D
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