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REP: The Skolopendropteres by Ramul REP: The Skolopendropteres by Ramul
Skolopendropteres are a sparrow-sized group of makropneumonopteres that feed mainly on terrestrial tentaculopods and sometimes small tetragnathes. Their characteristic front feet evolved into hunting weapons; the now non-retractable proximal front claws are enlarged and hollow while parts of the retracting "tendon" system became venom-producing glands. Their hunting strategy consists of attacking their prey from above, sting it and retreat. After it's death, they use their claws to tear a hole between the segments and then pull the flesh out with their extendable lips. The lip teeth can be rasping or hook-like, depending on their prey; species that feed more often on tetragnathes have usually vestigial lip teeth but stronger developed jaw teeth.
Goldtail: A species found mainly in plains and forest borders, hunts tentaculopods up to it's own sizeWhile usually solitary, they become semi-social during mating time.
Common forest crabhunter: Belongs to a group of non-venomous skolopendropteres that use sheer force instead of venom to dispatch teir prey and usually aim for smaller, heavier armed tentaculopods than the venomous species. They have vestigial lip teeth.
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ramandtank Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Student General Artist
I feel like you live on some Island that has never been seen bye man except for you. Cause you give some good descriptions on these creatures.
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nibiruplanet8 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012
So they are also related to mercinaries and hivebirds, correct?
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Ramul Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012
Loosely. Macropneumonopteres are a very large and diverse group.
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nibiruplanet8 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012
So they're related similarly to insects. a very wide array of species and classes but also similarly structured basal groups, correct?
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Ramul Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012
Pretty much yes, especially because the micropneumonopteres fill very similar niches.
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nibiruplanet8 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012
Yes, that makes sense
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whalewithlegs Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009
Sorry to ask a kind of n00bish question ... what project are these guys from? What's their ancestry and whatnot?
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Ramul Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2009
They are from the Red Earth project, like the other submissions with this layout.
Pneumonopteres in general are a part of the phylum "tetrabranchiates", whose most basal forms could be described as worms with four rows of gills. Interestingly, all primarily aquatic forms are extinct. Their closest living relatives are the caterpillar plants, whose mobile forms resemble the ancestors of the pmeumonopteres a lot.
Pneumonopteres have the most species from all groups on Red Earth, taking the niche of birds and flying insects (there is an order of flying tetragnathes, but they play only a small role).
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whalewithlegs Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2009
I'll have to go look through your gallery again!
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Viergacht Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2009  Professional General Artist
A very convincing critter. I can easily visualize it scuttling along.
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DarkHunter1357 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome!
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Tabon Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
It's interesting to see a mammal(?) from you. I'm liking the tail and mouth design.
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BloodyThornes Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2009
That's not a mammal, it's a makropneumonopteres... I don't know what that is, but it looks cool and was done in great detail.
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Tabon Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Yes, from the artist's response I already get that it's not a mammal, thankyou.
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BloodyThornes Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2009
You're quite welcome, if you need anymore smartassedness let me know.
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Tabon Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
yes. I'll be sure to let you know.
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BloodyThornes Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2009
Excellent. We of smartass industries will be waiting for your call.
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Tabon Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I wouldn't even call it being smartass xDD You just said something that's already been said.
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BloodyThornes Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2009
Don't crush my joy.
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Ramul Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2009
Just because it's fuzzy, it doesn't have to be a mammal, since pterosaurs, arthropods and plants have fur-like filaments as well.
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Tabon Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I understand that. After having read the artist comments, I wasn't sure what it was. So I took a wild guess, hense the " (?) ".

You've mentioned some groups there, but to be honest my biology isn't that good.
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Rodlox Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2009
great image.

looking forwards to the description.
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Rayn-Hammer Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
love this!
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zypherax Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
ah, good to see your work again!
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