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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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theMoon-sFantasy Featured By Owner 14 hours ago  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!
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PS: "medium-sized"... so like sharks? 
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wardude69 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014
epic design on the mouth.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014
Thanks :)
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wardude69 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014
mandible internal jaw combo seems difficult.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner 4 days ago
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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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014
Hmm, took a week, with another week of toying around with the designs.
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JamaicanFlav0r Featured By Owner 5 days ago
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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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner 4 days ago
Of course! It means plenty :)
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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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