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Needlejaw by Abiogenisis Needlejaw by Abiogenisis
[This image will be available as a tutorial on PSDTuts+ [link] soon!]

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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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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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014
Luckily it mostly enjoys fruit juice ;)
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SunnyDeyz Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  New member
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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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014
Nah, might need stronger legs for that!
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SunnyDeyz Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  New member
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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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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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014
Thanks :)
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