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U-watsi

Semi aquatic herbivores, the U-watsi live in tight-nit family groups. Females carry their "exposed fetuses" up to the birthing, where they then expel, the fully capable offspring, into bodies of water. There the chicks will grow and undergo their metamorphosis to their adult form.

A symbiotic relationship is common between the U-watsi and Ka-wenu. while the U-watsi has a superb sense of smell the Ka-wenu has keen eye sight. The Ka-wenu also feeds on parasites especially those which are detrimental to the fetal growth. Ka-wenu are highly territorial of their U-watsi, especially male U-watsi, as female Ka-wenu lay their single egg within their dorsal fans.

I put a little hight comparison chart there to help everyone get a better understanding of scale.
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Coloanas Featured By Owner Edited May 28, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
COOL! I LOVE THE EXPOSED FETUSES. (dreams of people having exposed fetuses instead of being pregnant) :D 
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TwistedAlyx Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Those fetuses are so gross but kinda cool.
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firewyrm2018 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
reminds me of the sand beasts for a book I read a wile ago. 
Exept the sand beasts had exposed stomach sacs that would detach when full, then the creature would lay eggs in them. 
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LordOfThePugss Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Your imagination is wild dude. xD
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Pikapikachuchuchibi Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014
I have a feeling you're going to be the next avatar creature designer. I wouldn't be surprised if they came across your designs and requested some stuff. Great designs and colouring, too. I can never seem to get the textures OR colouring right. 
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V4m2c4 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014
WOW that is so nice of you to say!! I hope that happens! 
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Pikapikachuchuchibi Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014
Hehe no problem you deserve it. I'll also wait eagerly for your art to make it big x3
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Foedawg Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014
Reminds me of a mandrill :)
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blakjak21 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
love the concept : p
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palaeorigamipete Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I see U rollin I likin :D
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DOCNFOID Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The detail is fantastic, and the coloration is great. This creature definitely looks alien and unusual. The musculature is impressive.

But I have to ask. What is the evolutionary advantage to having exposed fetuses in (what appear to be) delicate sacs? They appear to be easily removable (maybe I'm wrong here). I don't understand what the purpose of this adaptation is.
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V4m2c4 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
thanks!
The idea behind the exposed fetuses is similar to that of amphibian eggs, except the fetus still receives some nutrients and protection of its mother. This image is later in the eggs development so they begin to loosen and sag, yet the "eggs" themselves are still durable and tough made up of a flexible skin. the mother will eventually expel the "chicks" into a pond where they live their first stage of life as solely aquatic creatures who will eventually "metamorphosize" into a semi-aquatic terrestrial adult.
so all in all its purpose allows for-
longer gestation period
protection of its mother
receives added nutrients
it allows the parent to still graze and move without being stuck to a specific area, there is no need to nest and brood.
I hope that clears things up!
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DOCNFOID Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That makes far more sense now. You may want to put this in your write-up. It's very interesting, thank you!
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OblivionJunkey94 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Incredible
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kingofthedededes73 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that is an incredibly freaky face for a creature! amzing work
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BabakoSen Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hmm, did you get the coloration of the U-Watsi from Mandrills?
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Solifugus Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is awesome. I especially like the Ka-wenu, it kind of resembles a flying monkey. Does it fly? I love the external fetuses idea, it's kind of like a cross between marsupials and carrying your eggs. The only real issue I see is that the 'umbilical cord' that attaches them to their mother looks too thin; it looks like you could easily snap it off. Making it just a little bit thicker would probably fix it.
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palaeorigamipete Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is absolutely amazing! What I love about your ceeatures is the coloration. You always come up with something intersting and colorful, yet the creature has a sense of integrity and plausibility and doesn't scream with color. :) It's amazing! ;P
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Rodlox Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
brilliant.
shades of antelope/megafauna and the oxpecker birds...and yet more.
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Charanty Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
Do you have a bigger picture? I'd seriously like to see details better.
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V4m2c4 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
sorry everyone this is the biggest I can get it on DA but if you're really aching to see it bigger and closer you can see it on my tumblr, vcreatures.tumblr.com.
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Charanty Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
Oh sure!
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draenei-friend Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree
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Rodlox Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
I third this, particularly for the Ka-wenu.
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V4m2c4 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
I'm working on a Ka-wenu painting now so that should be up in a week or so...hopefully?
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Rodlox Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
it will be worth the wait.
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Amanska Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
argh im scared now D:
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