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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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Jellyback by Eclectixx ( Suggested by Just-To-Look1 and Featured by diphylla )
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tlmgk10000 Featured By Owner May 8, 2015  New member Student Writer
Great creature and love your biological profile!
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Swafdrunir Featured By Owner May 7, 2015  New member
perfect crazyness! The "funfact" in the bottom line adds even just the little extra spark to make it even more favouriteable, because that just answered the question I had 5secs after beginning watching!

PS: I also like the different stadiums of this symbiosis, shown by you in the near and far background.
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MrsTodd Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015
This is so cool, i love it!
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jgaray1 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2015
wow !
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mooname Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015   General Artist
hello, congrats for your DD, your wonderful work has been featured in :icondthemansion:
You are welcome to share with us your amazing talent :D
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coalesceny Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Reminds me of the machines from War of the Worlds. Nice work!
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Area-44 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015   Digital Artist
Excellent Surrealism :iconthumbsupplz:
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cybershot Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015
Very nice creature and natural history! Congratulations!
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MARIEC79 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  New member Professional General Artist
dude this is great-beautiful feel
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JustinThielen Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015   General Artist
would fit as a magic card. great work!
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Luosss Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015
very nice, interesting that the eggs are so small and the creatures grow up to be tall as trees :)
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Ururuty Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015
nteresting
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N0b1eRebe1 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Student General Artist
Yes! I love this pic! congrats on getting it on DA homepage!
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IronArmy Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Excellent creature design
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Who-Watches-Fate Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I absolutely love this. Such a perfect concept of aliens, symbiotic species, and that background. It's beautiful in a creepy way. An absolutely well deserved DD, congrats!
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GKTspectral Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  New member Student Traditional Artist
Looks really Salvador! Love it!
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DustyScarecrow Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is one of the coolest symbiosis concepts I've ever heard!
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Dragonlover84 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
This is a very creative piece! Wow!
Congratulations on a well deserved Daily Deviation! :) Congratulation 
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Rasnikki Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Very good work ;)
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Khasdannyanlord Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Student General Artist
amazing!!! such detailed process !!! and crude like the nature self! great work!
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Coutil Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  New member Hobbyist General Artist
Grregregreeeeattttt
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WillemSvdMerwe Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015
Excellent alien scene, congrats on the DD!
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mea00 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice! Congrats on the DD
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morphinetune Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
did you get some of your concepts for these creatures from the monsters in the movie 'Monsters: Dark Continent'? 
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TouchedbyLavender Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Wow! What a strange animal but so cool! Looks like something that would come from another planet! I have to say I totally Googled this animal because I thought "oh thats not real but super cool" and then I read your description. You are a great artist! Keep drawing this is a really cool picture! I like that theres also more in the background I noticed later camaflased as a tree :) GOOD JOB!
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StormtheRed Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Unique and beautiful
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LostGryphin Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
interesting creature design. Congrats on the DD
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MisterJuly Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just amazing, very creative too. :clap: 
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suzzette1 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015
wow
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krasblak Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Professional Artist
Congratulations on the Daily Deviation!
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CleverSketch Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  New member Hobbyist General Artist
A masterpiece, both in art and description of the creature! I give it a score of 9.999999999999999999/10
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Demiurgic-Dan Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015
Very creative!
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JullezArt Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
great illustration
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TaNa-Jo Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
SPORE xD awesome
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TieDyeLemur Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Stunning illustration.
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lintu47 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Congrats on the DD! :dalove:
Have a nice day! :love: by CookiemagiK
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maureenoconnell Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015
The jellyback really stands out despite the vivid background. Wow, outstanding work!
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isissousa2 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful work! Love the palette and shapes in the composition. The values are superb as well!
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PsykoHilly Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015
:onfire: ... outstanding work!
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Gd8909 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015
How do you think of this stuff? Is it drugs?



cause if it is where can I get some
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brandon-bowling Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014
This is one gorgeous image. Amazing job on it!
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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!
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Marsumaxi Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thatīs a NOPE!
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DSil Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Student General Artist
The palette effectively evokes the savannah.
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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!
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FinisCoronatOpus Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing. Such beautiful creatures!
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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? :)
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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?
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natesdevices Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
these are arthropods, correct?
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Naeran Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very interesting concept! :clap:
Well done!
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