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The Needlejaw is a 4 foot tall quadrupedal omnivore inhabiting the dense red-leaved woodlands of a small fertile world. During the forty-hour periods of daylight it divides its time between resting, and tracking down fruits and soft plants with its keen sense of a smell, peircing them with its hardened rostrum and sucking out the fluids.

As darkness descends however, its behaviour changes dramatically: Antennae previously held furled against the head are deployed and are able to detect the infrared radiation given off by its warm-blooded prey in the darkening forest. Using its slender legs and light build, the Needlejaw stalks silently until near enough to strike, driving its pointed beak downward with enough force to pierce tough skin and inject potent toxins and enzymes. The wounded prey is then tracked by the Needlejaws’ keen sense of smell, and drained of its body fluids by a strong muscular pharynx.

Powerful, sharp edged claws usually held flat against the chest are used to manipulate prey to facilitate feeding, or to tear open organs and other tough tissues. They are also utilised in carrying prey to a safer feeding location, where it will be protected from other, larger predators.

This ability; to exploit different food resources during both day and night cycles, has allowed the Needlejaws to diversify greatly, and the group is found in large numbers in many habitats across the planet.
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GDraconiaTitan Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Aliens always have facinated me somehow, somewhat more spiritual meaning towards me. I know what I am spiritual, so I love your designs so Im going to watch you maybe :)
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2015
Do eet!
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:icongdraconiatitan:
GDraconiaTitan Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
haha :)
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21Mauricio21 Featured By Owner Edited Jul 16, 2015  New Deviant
Shouldn't it be listed as an hexapedal, just like the Birrin and Kyrabilli? (which confuses me, the Kyrabilli are the real hexapods having evolved mouthparts into "arms" and keeping 6 real legs, while the Birrin and Needlejaw are quadrupeds with fully diferentiated arms).
Well, seeing as how the most different of all is the Kyrabilli, I'll assume he's the one from elsewhere.
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Royalcorn Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh man this is awesome! 

Ive been making an alien that has a similar head structure and a needle like beak i mostly took inspiration from a mosquito. I was just pinting it out because i saw this and had hoped i didnt plagierise your creature. 
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015
Thats cool, mosquito heads are pretty interesting :P
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:iconroyalcorn:
Royalcorn Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Indeed they are, so weird. XD

Thank you for understanding, you are a pretty cool inspiration, i just wanted to make sure i wasnt trying to steal or anything. ^^;
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AndreasAnimations Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It looks like a combination of a giraffe and a mosquito, very cool and creative. :) 
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015
Sounds about right XD
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:iconmannaangel:
MannaAngel Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015
I saw this one before! On a planet during meditation. Looks scary at first but is actually gentle ^^
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015
Just mind the spines ;)
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:iconmannaangel:
MannaAngel Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015
Yeah...I was lucky to meet it during the day ^^;

Also I think it was a bit bigger, around 5 feet maybe :meow:
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015
Sounds about right!
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:iconwolfgang-111:
wolfgang-111 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015  Student Artist
oh weird but really cool looks like you like wayne barlowe a lot 
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:iconcatacutan95:
catacutan95 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014
The design alone is interesting, but the bio is so good that the work becomes an easy favorite. I'd love to see what bizarre beauties their species has branched off too, and of course I'd like to see how they mate!
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014
I never show alien breeding, must be a subconscious thing :P
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:iconcatacutan95:
catacutan95 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014
;D
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The-Elegant-Machine Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014
*shudders* That mouth makes me think of a mosquito's proboscis. Attached to the body of a six-limbed predator more than half the size of a human being, that makes for one terrifying creature. Whatever planet it lives on, I'll be sure not to visit.

Beautiful artwork and textures, though. I especially like the shading on the upper legs, showing the muscle definition on its limbs
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014
Luckily it mostly enjoys fruit juice ;)
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:iconsunnydeyz:
SunnyDeyz Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014
I was not expecting that thing to be 4-feet tall. If at all, I thought an average human would go up to its knee.
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014
Nah, might need stronger legs for that!
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:iconsunnydeyz:
SunnyDeyz Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014
Haha, good point!
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FuyukoTheNoisette Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You have a very complete universe . Your work is amazing . 

-Cordialy , FuyukoTheNoisette-
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner May 8, 2014
Thanks :)
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limictor Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Student
nice organisome looks like a carnivore are those limbs on its belly arms like that of a praying mantis. 
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angulare Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014
Well crap, this thing is freaky. Really cool, though, and also remarkably believable, yet alien. You're one of the few who can pull that off: props to you.
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014
Thanks :)
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:iconkeepobservating:
KeepObservating Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
great! unepected texture :0
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RiptosDarkDragonair Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, that's an amazing design, its bio is really cool too. :D I love to see monsters which are so carefully planned out. :la: Brilliant work.
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
Thanks! Designing it to be plausible is half the fun for me :)
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:iconnatakiro:
Natakiro Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Really awesome design! Love the detail and structure, as well as the colors and design. :thumbsup: Wonderfully made.
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
Thanks, was a fun commission this one :)
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:iconnatakiro:
Natakiro Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! :D
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:iconbasement-aviator:
Basement-Aviator Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The face and head structure is really cool.
Interesting concept too!
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013
Thanks :D
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:iconbasement-aviator:
Basement-Aviator Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Welcome!
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Altair75 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013   Photographer
Of course!
Red-leaved woodlands on a planet where is so hot.  Just like in the Arthur C. Clarke's short story "Before Eden".
You truly have biological knowhow! Dance!

Well Done! :D (Big Grin)
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
Cheers, red leaves seem to be popular these days. Look at the latest Star Trek!
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:iconaltair75:
Altair75 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013   Photographer
I see.
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:iconrandomhyenalol:
RandomHyenaLOL Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Ohh that's cool
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:iconacrionianspeculative:
Acrionianspeculative Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
beautiful!
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:icongendi2545:
gendi2545 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
And I was thinking finally a peaceful critter...
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:iconhgfggg:
hgfggg Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
Does that LOOK peaceful?!
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:iconzippo4k:
Zippo4k Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
Looks like an animal that could easily be coopted for use on the Birrin world.
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:iconrklk:
rklk Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013
Why hasn''t James Cameron hired you yet ;)) just add those things to the head and its Pandoran.
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Sylvester71 Featured By Owner May 30, 2013
this one is awesome. It reminds me of the alien creatures from Alien Planet's Darwin 4.
I wish it were sentient or highly intelligent with a unique civilization. Thanks again for great artwork!
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
Cheers, definitely Barlowe inspired :)
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:iconaditya2:
Aditya2 Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Can needlejaws hop for long distances?
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
They can do a nervous hop when they are startled, but they dont jump much normall :)
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