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January 10, 2012
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Jellyback by Eclectixx Jellyback by Eclectixx
The jellyback is a tall creature which feeds on the high fruits of certain trees. Once the creature reaches maturity it produces egg cysts within the large sac on its back. These eggs are very small, hard, and numerous. The timing of this is correlated with symbiotic flying creatures' breeding patterns. Once the flying creatures begin their courtship, the jellybacks begin a transformation. Toxins usually stored in their sacs become neutralized; in the process the sacs turn a bright red color as the creatures' limbs stiffen. The jellybacks die in this process, retaining a rigid standing position, and using the red color of the jellybacks' sacs as a signal that it is time, the symbiotic flying creatures tear into the sacs and feast on the mass stored therein. These nutrient-rich tissues and fluids give the flying creatures the energy they need to produce their young. The jellyback's egg cysts are also consumed incidentally, but are not harmed by the flying creatures' digestive processes; in fact the process is essential to allow them to hatch. The egg cysts are later deposited by the flying creatures as they excrete them far and wide. The cysts then hatch and, using the nutrients from the flying creatures' droppings, begin the first stage in their life cycle. The dead jellybacks' bodies can remain fixed in a standing position for years, providing structures for the flying creatures to build safe nests high above the plains.

Rising up through the fog in the distance, the fossilized remains of complex mega-structures formed over millions of years by long extinct burrowing tube worms have been exposed by geological processes to form dramatic arches looming over the plains.

To see an anatomical diagram of this creature see this illustration:[link]
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brandon-bowling Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014
This is one gorgeous image. Amazing job on it!
Talonai Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is an awesome, creative idea for a creature. new body plan, interesting life cycle. it is great!
Marsumaxi Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thatīs a NOPE!
DSil Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Student General Artist
The palette effectively evokes the savannah.
Echinemon Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic creature design! This is one of the most beautiful creatures i've ever seen!
FinisCoronatOpus Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing. Such beautiful creatures!
Myrethy Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I would really like to see more of the creatures that might coexist in this environment alongside the Jellybacks, are you planning on doing any more creatures like this? Those tube worms, perhaps? :)
Darwin-King Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
This is one of the most amazing creatures I've ever seen! EVER! I hope some of my creatures' reproductive cycles aren't too similar, I've been making some... I guess plantimals and they are usually spread like seeds, much like your Jellybacks... could this pose an issue?
natesdevices Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
these are arthropods, correct?
Naeran Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very interesting concept! :clap:
Well done!
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