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Irridalli by Abiogenisis Irridalli by Abiogenisis

The Irridalli are a successful group of medium-sized predators stalking the upper levels of Chriirah’s tropical oceans. Like many mobile quadrilaterians, evolution has optimised their four-sided body plan into a sleek, secondarily bilaterally symmetrical shape able to move swiftly and efficiently through the ocean.

Possessing some social intelligence, Irridalli travel in loose pods to locate swarms of suitable food, at which time they separate and attempt to drive the prey nearer the surface, thus rendering them easier to capture. Despite this initial co-operation, the actual hunt itself is performed independently of the other pod members, cooperation only resuming when prey needs to be driven towards the surface once again.

While Irridalli are quite fast, many prey species are considerably faster and swimming speed is not their primary weapon: Moving in behind prey, the large eyes fix on a target and when in range two tentacles launch outwards as an elongated and lethally barbed lower jaw attempts to impale it. If the strike is successful, the tentacles rapidly coil around the doomed creature and draw it towards the mouth.

Like most apex predators, the Irridalli suffered major population depletion in the period leading up to, and during, the fall of birrin civilisation. As the birrin recovered, so too Irridalli populations increased in parts of their former ranges as prey species returned. The loss of genetic diversity however has resulted in higher than expected parasite loads in some pods.

Once hunted by the birrin as food, they are now rarely eaten both because they are widely protected, and are so infused with accumulated industrial poisons they are mildly toxic to ingest.

 

 

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:icongd8909:
Gd8909 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015  New member
So weird, and yet so beautiful (and entirely plausible!)
What do you use to make your art, if you don't mind me asking?
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Idahria Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Amazing...
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TFSakon Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015
Quite a graceul design . You can feel how they might have that slow ponderous movement of the large ocean predator.
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015
Ready to strike...
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:icondimeirex:
Dimeirex Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  New member
Two questions for your amazingness-
   If you don't mind the Earthly terminology, what taxonomic group does the Basketworm-derived stock correlate to? Is it a phylum, kingdom, etc?
   And second, do any other "stocks" exist on the planet?

Thanks you for producing such fine work. You truly are a diamond in the rough!
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015
Definitely lower than kingdom. More like a basal member of the polychaetes on earth, if they went on to become much larger and more complex.

Lots of other stocks exist, just never have time to draw them!
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:iconkevin-robb:
Kevin-Robb Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015
Excellent work
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:iconsaundersaur:
saundersaur Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014  Student General Artist
Your art is always a pleasure. Always.
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014
Danke :)
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:iconkinsarda7:
Kinsarda7 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014  New member
Love your work! The Birrin and their home world fascinate me! Just wondering, what organism would you compare this to on Earth? Kinda reminded me if Dolphins. Even the way you used "pod".
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014
Humboldt squid I would say.
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:icondinobrian47:
DinoBrian47 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How large would this species be?
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014
Humboldt squid sort of size.
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:icondinobrian47:
DinoBrian47 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So at least 3 meters long?
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Helixdude Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So apparently Birrin civilisation has collapsed at least once in the past, tell me more about that.
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014
The most recent major one was a global warming/resource scarcity induced nuclear war and ecosystem collapse.
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:iconquarkster:
Quarkster Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014
And this was prior to contact with humanity?

When are you publishing a book for me to buy?
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014
2016 maybe? :P
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014
Hmm maybe 2016 or something?
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WorldBuildersInc Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Your work is so cool! I'm an aspiring science-fiction author/artist, and I really look up to these creations to inspire my own. I have decided to embark on a world-build expedition more thorough than I have before. No offense, but a watch would be appreciated!
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Synaesthetic1 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014
Dunno if I have said this before but I have thoroughly enjoyed your concept of a post-fall alien civilisation, and the amount of thought and breadth of how you fill out this world is quite brilliant. arguably gifted. Video game, movie, novel. Adult picture book (Dinotopia meets Brom's work)

go for it. I know, sure, lots of people go into that level of detail. but in this way, nonanthropomorphically plus post-apocalyptic plus develop civilisation? yeah, I have only seen that from you.

GO DO.
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014
Yeah I want to avoid 'Fallout' type worlds, going for what I think might REALLY happen after a fall.
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:iconthemoon-sfantasy:
theMoon-sFantasy Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014  Student General Artist
I love the creatures that you create! They all so majestic and mystical.
Also the cure in the descriptions is fantastic, it's like having one of them in front of me everytime!
:heart:

PS: "medium-sized"... so like sharks? 
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014
Hmm like a humboldt squid.
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:iconthemoon-sfantasy:
theMoon-sFantasy Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014  Student General Artist
oooh intersting! Thank you *3*
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:iconwardude69:
wardude69 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014
epic design on the mouth.
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014
Thanks :)
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:iconwardude69:
wardude69 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014
mandible internal jaw combo seems difficult.
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014
It is a tradeoff, evolutionarily. But it works well.
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JamaicanFlav0r Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014
May I ask. Approximately how long does it take you to create something like this. It is amazing by the way. The shades are spectacular.
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014
Hmm, took a week, with another week of toying around with the designs.
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:iconjamaicanflav0r:
JamaicanFlav0r Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014
Wow. I don't know if it means much from some random person on the internet but I really appreciate you sharing your art. It's influenced me to start drawing again. I'm nowhere near your level :) but maybe I will start posting some of my art as well. :D
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014
Of course! It means plenty :)
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:iconblueoriontiger:
Blueoriontiger Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Nicely done as always. :)

Out of curiosity, how big do these grow?
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014
Hmm, say 6 feet without the tentacles?
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:iconblueoriontiger:
Blueoriontiger Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmm, okay, Humboldt squid sized. :D
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014
Thats it!
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:iconava-lightwing:
Ava-Lightwing Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014
Amazing creatures!
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014
Danke :)
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Sagittarius-A-star Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Awesome creature, I love both the painting and the believable description. :) Dolphin-like predators, only with tentacles and a poison spike- damn, Earth, why couldn't you have included these when you were evolving ocean predators? XD Oh, and beautiful work on the undersea lighting effects, as well!!
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madman1234855 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014
Nautilus orcas, neat
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014
Nauticas
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:iconlord-lavrahtheen:
Lord-Lavrahtheen Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014
these are some truely magnificent creatures
I could totaly picture them actually swiming in the ocean and having some guy do a BBC-like documentary on that (and I would absolutely watch it :O)
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Rhodalle-Sylthezyne Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014
what a -beautiful creature!! I'm especially drawn to the eye. Those serrated tentacle mouths are intimidating indeed.
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:iconsack-back:
sack-back Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing!
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014
:D
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:iconpoppadopadum:
poppadopadum Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014
Didn't know it was in birrin nature to protect wildlife.
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014
Many birrin don't, but enough find value in interesting animals and habitats that they will fight to protect them.
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:iconconnan-bell:
Connan-Bell Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014   Traditional Artist
Introducing my new nightmares for the week. They've got it all: lancing parts, wrapping parts, bulging, swively eyes, AND they live in the water (meaning that when interacting with them, they can move a lot better than you can). 
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IridescentCatalyst Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014
Awesome scene!
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