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REP: The Beakfish by Ramul REP: The Beakfish by Ramul
The beakfish are a very diverse group of eupinna distributed across the shelf seas worldwide. They are small to middle-sized (max. 60 cm long) animals with very diverse feeding habits they adapted their beaks to. The beaks are the enlarged frontmost median teeth of the vertical jaws; the horizontal jaws are reduced to muscle attachments, acoustic sensors and, in some species, water pumping organs. Beakfish are mostly diurnal and have good color and shape perception. Many species from small schools, but especially the bigger and predatory species are solitary. Like the other teeth the beaks are shed regularly; the new beak grows under the old one, finally pushing it outside. A few species, like the erabanes, have bimodal beaks that are adaptions to sporadic food sources, like era worm mass spawnings. In this case, the trigger to shed the beak to the elongated form is era worm poison in the water the erabanes are immune to. Outside of era worm season, they spend their lives as generalistic omnivores.

Common shelfhog: A member of a mostly herbivorous group that feeds on lithophytes; some species specialize on small hard-shelled animals. An unique feature of this group are the constantly growing beak teeth that are not shed.
Northern pitbullfish: The pitbullfish are a group of small ambush predators. Species with larger beaks use pure force to subdue their prey, while species with smaller, slender beaks utilize venom.
Rockpoker: These animals have an elongated head with foreset jaws that enable them to stick their snouts into narrow crevices while still being able to open their mouths fully; sometimes the beak is reduced and the horizontal jaws are used to suck small prey into the tube-like mouth. The species that feed on endobenthos usually possess electroreceptors to find their prey.
Pronged herring: These filter-feeders use exclusively their tongue for feeding, while the teeth serve as protection for the filter apparatus. As an unique trait, the lateral teeth of the lower jaw are enlarged as well. Similar to selodkas, the pronged herrings form large swarms.
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RoFlo-Felorez Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Student Digital Artist
maybe the fishlike common ancestors of the ikran and the leonopteryx in Avatar resembled fish like this kind, i like it :icongrin--plz:
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Ramul Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
Possibly, but we never saw any fish in Avatar, so possibly the Ikran ancestors looked more like rays than regular fish.
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RoFlo-Felorez Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Student Digital Artist
yea possibly, i just remember something mentioned somewhere that the flying creatures of pandora evolved from some sorta fish creatures, and this pic made me think of that :P
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nibiruplanet8 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012
So the Pronged herring is similar to filter feeding whales, and because it doesn't use one pair of jaws either horizontal or vertical more than the other they have stayed at a relativly equal size, correct?
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Ramul Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012
Not really, the horizontal jaws got already reduced in it's ancestors, the protruding parts are the lateral teeth of the lower jaw.
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nibiruplanet8 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012
oh, i thought that they were jaws because most of their ancestors or similar species had two sets of jaws
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nibiruplanet8 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012
Also do they move in a fashion similar to whales or dolphins or is it different?
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Ramul Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012
Yes, dorsoventral movement, derived from the crawling movement of the common ancestor they share with armor worms.
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nibiruplanet8 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012
Ah I understand now.
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AlexSone Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have translated new descriptions!
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nibiruplanet8 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
AMAZING as always. sorry i dont respond right away, i've just been so busy with my midterms and my reading. I hope you dont mind but i often show your drawings to my freinds who.... are interested..... in possible life in other forms than those on earth. Also are you aware of beings that exist in the 4th density or dimension?
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Ramul Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012
No, I do not mind, and make sure they see Snaiad, which is a very interesting exobiology project.
Unless you mean time with the fourth dimension, no.
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nibiruplanet8 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012
I almost forgot about Snaiad. Nemoramjet..... amazing stuff he has! They can definately count on seeing this, thank you for reminding me. 4th density would be a better term, its similar to your concious body, or if your religious, soul. It is said that your 3rd density "body" is left behind as your energy changes to the 4th density. There are some interesting portrails on google. but they are very interesting.
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Noratcat Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012
You always have interesting designs.
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lizerdspherex Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012
The pronged herring looks a lot like something I drew a while back, freaky.
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