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Scorpion Spider by NocturnalSea Scorpion Spider by NocturnalSea
Note: this is a real animal, not one of my hypothetical critters.

Arachnura, or scorpion-tailed spiders, are a genus of orb-weavers native to Australia and Asia. As you can see, the name derives from a flexible, tail-like extension of the abdomen. When threatened, the spider will indeed wave its tail like a scorpion, however the appendage is soft and totally harmless.

I haven't been able to find any good explanation as to what purpose the tail serves. The most obvious answer would be mimicry, but other than the tail these guys don't particularly resemble their scorpion relatives. I'd imagine it might be used to startle predators who wouldn't be expecting this from a spider.
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draegornatose Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
okay........I so did not expect this. there goes the origin for my kaiju idea >.< ahn, I may be able to squeeze this in somewhere. It's amazing what you can find on deviantart. (and sometimes scary. ever dreamed up a creature, only to find something that has a similar concept or looks similar to what you dreamt of? it's happened to me recently)
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NocturnalSea Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I'd still go with the kaiju idea. The real creature just gives you a design to start with.

And yeah, I have had moments where I imagine a critter, only to find out it actually exists. I once dreamed up a race of viperfish-mermen creatures... only to read China Mielville's The Scar a month later and find out about the Grindylow.
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draegornatose Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012
close enough to what I was talking about. My original idea for my kaiju started out looking a little like this: [link] I was so surprised when I saw this that I nearly fell out of my chair lol. still, makes good for a reference. hmmmm....grindylow.......reminds me of harry potter.
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NocturnalSea Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah, "grindylow"-- it's a rather whimsical name for what are actually rather terrifying eldritch abominations.
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draegornatose Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012
you can say that again. I just needed to read the description to know that the the name didn't fit the creature. let's just say that I won't judge a creature by its name.
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mbrown06 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012
...This should become a monster: Scorpion Spider Queen
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palaeorigamipete Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
And this is something new to me! God knows what bizzarities are still hidden from our sight! =D
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Banvivirie Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm glad you specified real, and not made up. I have been fooled by you before. ;p
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NocturnalSea Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I've been getting that a lot lately, what with my Predatory tunicate, Enypniastes, Assassin Spider, etc. I've started putting disclaimers at the top just to be safe.

I guess I should be flattered that my speculative creatures are vivid enough to be confused for real critters.
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Banvivirie Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Exactly. :D
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