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Crystalline Cloakmouth by Abiogenisis Crystalline Cloakmouth by Abiogenisis
More life from the Birrin Homeworld.

"The flowerjaw body plan reached its peak diversity in marine environments, where this group inhabits almost every major ecological niche. The deep oceans, while low in energy and deprived of oxygen and sunlight, are nevertheless home to numerous creatures. The beings of this ecosystem are able to exploit the abundant surface environment through either migrating vertically at night to feed, or by preying on creatures migrating into the deep to escape surface predators.

Sit and wait predation is an energy efficient way to hunt, and the Crystalline Cloakmouth represents an extreme adaptation to this way of life.

The reduced, soft body hangs below the highly modified mouthparts, which are dominated by huge vertical jaws spanning 13 inches from tip to tip. Sharp semitransparent mandibles are poised ready to snap shut on any prey lured inwards by the bioluminescent tip of the tongue. Prey that comes too close is skewered by the mandibles and then enclosed by the heavily pigmented jaws. This prevents they preys' defensive bioluminescence being detected by larger foes.

The two huge lower eyes are oriented upwards and modified to detect the bioluminescence of prey, or their shadows' against the downwelling surface light. The horizontal jaws, thin and elongated, are spread to the sides and covered in a line of fluid filled spheres able to detect vibrations in the water, a system also present around the rim of the main jaws. The horizontal mandibles are shorter and more robust than the crystalline seizing jaws, and are hidden away until prey is captured, which they proceed to butcher and then pass downwards into the pharynx.

The upper eyestalks are highly elongated and the post-ocular sections bifurcated into sensors adapted to detect the sex pheromones of conspecifics. Currents are so slow and the environment so vast that highly sensitive antennae are needed to detect minute concentrations of chemicals in the water. The small eyes on these tentacles are still functional but of low resolution; they monitor the light from the surface world and allow the Crystalline Cloakmouth to tell night from day.

Although ungainly, the Crystalline Cloakmouth can move quickly in short bursts to escape predators. Defence consists of several stages: First, the jaws with their large surface area are clamped rapidly together, shooting the creature away in the opposite direction. At the same time, thin translucent threads are extruded from modified limbs near the tail to form a mesh in the fleeing animals' wake. Predators caught in this are tangled by the sticky threads, which bioluminesce on contact and thus render the predator visible to its own enemies. Proteins on the Cloakmouths' skin inhibit this reaction when it becomes entangled in its own threads. As a final defence, the Crystalline Cloakmouth leaves the area using paired fins usually held tightly against its body, swimming slowly backwards to new hunting grounds. "
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:iconsesemiroh:
SeseMiroh Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I'll be seeing this in my nightmares ;u;
Stunning art though woah
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:iconextremecaterpie:
extremecaterpie Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I'd probably end up getting a foot stuck in this guy's mouth if I went swimming anywhere near this thing.
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014
Delicious!
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:iconextremecaterpie:
extremecaterpie Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
... Remind me to never go swimming again...
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:icongroshmak:
Groshmak Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013
Great work, I'm stunned! 
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013
:D
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:iconaltair75:
Altair75 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013   Photographer
I dream that David Attenborough saw this! :happybounce: 

And as always, great work Alex! :D (Big Grin) 
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013
That would be amazing, hes a hero of mine :)
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:iconaltair75:
Altair75 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013   Photographer
And mine, too. :) (Smile) 
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:icon28dragons:
28dragons Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013
wish there could be a movie with your creatures in it ^^
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013
So do I :P
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:iconkiml42:
kiml42 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's pretty alien. Great drawing too.
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:iconrklk:
rklk Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013
AWESOME, you''re marvelous at this stuff.
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:iconaditya2:
Aditya2 Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How big is this organism? Tiny or giant? Is its stomach highly extendible?
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner May 11, 2013
About a foot long, with a big belly.
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:iconlosthellangel:
LostHellAngel Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
love it!!!!! :D
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:iconaditya2:
Aditya2 Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Can I keep it as a pet along with my pet glow in the dark guppies?
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BlackberryFinn Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013
Not much weirder than Earth deep sea life.
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:iconstargazer808:
Stargazer808 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
How do you aply clean color and texture to your sketch to make it come out like this?
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
Soft standard photoshop brushes mostly
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:iconstargazer808:
Stargazer808 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
When I first saw this, It made me shiver! I don't know why, it just is making me queezy...
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
Creepy eyes and giant mouth.
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sinninginheaven Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Student Digital Artist
You, mate, are a genious D:
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:iconjaevulen:
Jaevulen Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012
amazing and creative idea
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012
:D
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Saint-Tepes Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Great talent and imagination but also explained like a professional scientist
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
Thanks, I try to keep it as plausible as I can :)
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:iconleadman:
Leadman Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012
nice
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deaddoll00 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Somehow, I just know when I go to sleep tonight, enter my dream house, walk into my dream bathroom, and gaze down into my dream bathtub, this will be looking back at me xD

But seriously, amazing stuff. The written portion makes it even better :D
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Count-Vilanova Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I dont know what to like more...
The work or the writing...
both are really well done!
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:iconedwardspaghetti:
EdwardSpaghetti Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012
Very cool and weirdly plausible.
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:icona-schlag:
a-schlag Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012
thats beautifully vicious
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:iconlutz-kleinau:
lutz-kleinau Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
this reminds me of the barreleye fish. but it's even better!
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GogolsOvercoat Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
Amazing, as always.
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Blueoriontiger Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I especially like the lower body plan, makes it quite believable. I'd hate to run into that thing down there, regardless of the size. Good design. :)
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Blueoriontiger Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I especially like the lower body plan, makes it quite believable. I'd hate to run into that thing down there, regardless of the size. Good design. :)
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:iconaseika:
Aseika Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this creatuer remindes me of an intergalactic cloaker from A.D.D minus the intergalactic part. cool alien.
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JohnWarrior90 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012
Thats something I don't want to be with in the water.
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:icontavotrio:
tavotrio Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012
GENIUS!!!
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DaniRevan Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012
Realistic Aliens.Are.Awesome
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ttobserve Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012
Brilliant.   :neom:

But, eh, inches?   :omfg:   Sure about that?
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alexlyoko13 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
Amazing!
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palaeorigamipete Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Heeheehee! this is incredible! it looks familiar enough to be identified as a deep sea creature, yet it looks distinct enough to be considered alien on the first sight! I am still trying to figure out this kind of middle ground and people who manage to take these two things and combine them seamlessly are those whom i admire the most! =)
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:iconsimkoning:
SimKoning Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
Wow! Do you have a rough idea of when your book will be published? I can assure you that I'll be one of the first to buy it!
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
I thank you :) But it will be a few years methinks.
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:iconnemo-ramjet:
nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
From a cladistic perspective, if the Birrin are "humans," then would these be "fish," "lungfish," or "weird frogs?"
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
These would be the equiv of fish :)

BTW, did you take Snaiad down? I cant seem to find that stuff around anymore :(
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012
It's down because I'm unable to get newer, or better hosting. Some stalkers tried to force their way into my old host before, I chickened out and have been looking for safely anonymous hosting ever since...
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012
..Stalkers?
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:iconnemo-ramjet:
nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
God - like vision of a perfectly plausible creature - amazing!
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