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oryctes aloeus by V4m2c4 oryctes aloeus by V4m2c4
Oryctes aloeus live in small tightly knit family groups made up of mothers, daughters, sister, aunts and on occasion submissive males. Living on relatively barren tundra, their metabolism is relatively slow to make up for the lack of food, especially during the harsh winter months. Their front mono-leg allows for them to stand on their hind legs with support and leverage, to reach food out of reach of its extendable neck, A unique adaptation is their “antifreeze” blood that visibly courses through its major artery along its body. This antifreeze blood produces so much heat that it physically emanates from its body. Tiny lucerna colonies make the Oryctes aloeus their host, never straying to far. a symbiotic relationship the lucerna gain heat and protection from the Oryctes aloeus, in return for feeding on parasites and dead tissue

(a close up of the lucerna at some point with more info on them as well.)
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:iconbrandon-bowling:
brandon-bowling Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015
Nicely done!
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PeriodicCrafter Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014
It almost seems like a classicClap 
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Andrew-Parkin Featured By Owner May 19, 2014
Ho man, sweet!  This is what I'm talking about; love the look and description of these creatures!
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jkemeny Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love your aliens! Very believable.
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Chavatquiah Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013

Nice work! Very interesting! :D

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blakjak21 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fricking cool looks
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CelestialTrilobite Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Love this!
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MetolGuy Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
Very Barlowe-esque. Nice Work :D
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:iconv4m2c4:
V4m2c4 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
thanks!
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:iconmetolguy:
MetolGuy Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
You're welcome! :)
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AJtheartmelder Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Wow, Very nice! I love the detail Incorporated in this!!
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:iconv4m2c4:
V4m2c4 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012
thanks!
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Brony4 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
This has got to be one of the most unique species I have seen. It reminds me alot of snails and their relatives. I do have some questions. How did you come up with the design, is this an alien species or a future species, and finally are all the examples here female (considering the herd describtion)? If yes to the last one, are there any differences between males and females of the species?
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V4m2c4 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
thanks, so many kind words from you!!! it really means a lot because people either like my creatures or find them to strange to like at all.
*How I come up with my designs-Its either the product of countless doodles, finding a shape I find interesting and bringing something out of that or I devise a creature around a specific idea.
*For the most part these are alien species. I come from the philosophy that we all share the same cosmos and that certain evolutionary traits that have been established on earth would repeat on different planets, just under a different analogue.
*Yup these are all female. Males have a slightly different "shell" shape, designed for bashing into rival males. at some point I may upload one.
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Brony4 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
I can tell you do your research. I am impressed.
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Rodlox Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012
very interesting.

query - as its so cold, they would want to keep their tender tissues sheltered, right? so, is that leftmost lead Oryctes having its mouth so far out, in order to show dominance?
(just wondering)

great work.
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V4m2c4 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012
thanks! yeah she's the matriarch of the herd and letting everyone know that.
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palaeorigamipete Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wow. an absolutely brilliant picture! I am in love with the look of the creature, wonderful concept!
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:iconv4m2c4:
V4m2c4 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
thank you!!
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:iconpalaeorigamipete:
palaeorigamipete Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
you're welcome!
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zypherax Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Student General Artist
Your creature designs have been steadly improving, and I am always amazed by your versitality and the range of forms you make use of to create these entities.

Excellent work, my friend.
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V4m2c4 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
wow thank you, I really appreciate that. I try to create the most unique shape I can when devising these guys, some more successful than others, but it is an important task i try to meet when designing them. Thanks again!
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zypherax Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Student General Artist
indeed, I think you succeed more often than not. You are welcome!
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Charanty Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012
Once again please: how many legs they have in total? 5?
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:iconv4m2c4:
V4m2c4 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012
there are 6 in total. 2 in the front( make up the one "mono leg", 2 in the middle and then 2 hind legs.
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:iconcharanty:
Charanty Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
How " monoleg" works? It's a kind of confusing.
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V4m2c4 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
[link]

the link above will take show you how the mono-leg works. hope that clears it up for you :)
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:iconcharanty:
Charanty Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
Thanks!
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