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4 vertebrate types by Purple-Plasmid 4 vertebrate types by Purple-Plasmid
I have been a busy little bee lately (well, that and I'm ill so I have nothing else to do anyway)

Updated version of this piece [link] , including new ideas and features I've sorted out since then.
One of the major updates is that I've sorted out is the skeleton and musculature. If you compare this to the old one, you'll see that these have a more 'purposeful' form.
Their skeleton consists of a vertebral column which runs under the trunk of the body (as opposed to running above it in Earth vertebrates).
There are 3 girdles in the vertebrate skeleton, only the middle one now sports legs. The front and back have shrunken and become vestigial as legs, becoming antennae in pouchbacks and older vertebrates. In younger vertebrate species, it forms the 'squeaker'.
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liiimbo Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
.....I was not planning on sleeping anyways...
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randomemaster360 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Very neat creatures, I like there designs, tho the Looper doesn't looks so good. But, very cool, and I assume for the hunting strategy of the Shakbat you got inspiration from the Skewers from ,,Expedition" and ,,Alien Planet", right ?
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Kaijukid23 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013
I wonder if humans tried to incorporate those species on earth... How big can they get?
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themutantlizard Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
how high is the planets gravity?
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Tarturus Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
These are some interesting groups of lifeforms. ^^
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Whachamacallit1 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011
Holy shiznel, shank bats are huge! And these guys only gore blue plants? What a shame.
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OblivionJunkey94 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Bloody wicked stuff man very unique
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MickMcDee Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
just awesome!!!
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M0AI Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome designs!
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KingOvRats Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010   Traditional Artist
I love these!

Especialy the shankbat.
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juniorWoodchuck Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010
AWESOME !!!
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Purple-Plasmid Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks :D
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whalewithlegs Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Student General Artist
1/3 air! These kinds of details begin to make sense in light of some of the flat plant designs!

Are these the vertebrates that have black skeletons? As always, I think your alien designs are purely brilliant ... I think a lot of your influence from Barlowe shines through underneath the context of their anatomy. As a tangent, Pouchbacks remind me vaguely of Popples: [link]
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Purple-Plasmid Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010  Professional Filmographer
well, only vertebrates have the air sacks. Yeah, their bones are black, the giveaway is the spike they all have.

Tile tops (those flat plants that most herbivores graze on) are a bit like the 'skeleton' of a strangler fig, only in a more regular pattern. So I suppose they are 'hollow'.
However, there are plants that have 'lungs'.
I have some good sketches of these which really help explain them, but my scanner is bust so I can't.
Damn technology >_<

Aw, popples.
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whalewithlegs Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010  Student General Artist
Ah yes, the scanner hurdle .. I remember it well from school. Sorry to hear it!

That makes sense about he black spikes! The read as almost clawlike, like the black nails of a dog. ah yes, I also forgot that the plants extend underground. I'm not familiar with what you're referring to with strangler figs ... you mean other plants grow about them?
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Purple-Plasmid Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Ok, here's a strangler fig [link] There's the similar hollow, lattice structure. Once I get a diagram uploaded it will make more sense.
I have got a plant that competes with tile tops. The begin in an upright cone shape and grow in total darkness in the ground between tile tops. Once they grow high enough, they pierce or split the tile tops apart. Now that they can get to light, the cone opens up and becomes more like a cup-shape with the inner surface performing photosynthesis. This forces the tile tops apart and may contribute to the death of the tile top.
Of course, with the death of that tile top, smaller plants on the ground below have access to light and have a chance to grow.
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whalewithlegs Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010  Student General Artist
Man, that's fascinating. I think I remember a possible older piece detailing these plants? Either way, it's a great concept!
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AmnioticOef Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010
Well, they're certainly...lumpier. I like it. :)
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Purple-Plasmid Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010  Professional Filmographer
The lumpier the better.
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AmnioticOef Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010
Indeed!
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elytracephalid Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very awesome!!! but what happened to the big gay rhino? :( he was a lovable guy
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Purple-Plasmid Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Don't worry, there's still going to be a pinkish one, and I think I'll keep the name.
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NEGOXE357 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010
That's very cool, I love those!
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Purple-Plasmid Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks :D
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