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Tullimonstrum Mimic 2 by NocturnalSea Tullimonstrum Mimic 2 by NocturnalSea
Second in a series about speculative animals that imitate Tullimonstrum. Go here for more background: [link]
Here we have an estuary at the mouth of a river during the middle Carboniferous period. Several large Lepidodendron trunks have been washed out during a storm and are just starting to be colonized by hydroids, tunicates and burrowing trilobites. Said trilobites are the favored food of the Red Constellation Tully Monster (Tullimonstrum stellus), which uses its long proboscis to reach down the trilobites' burrows. Like other Tullimonstrum, the Red Constellation advertises its highly-toxic nature with bright coloring. The Broomtail-Worm (Genestacauda monstumimus) mimics this color pattern to protect it's soft, tasty body from predators while it hunts for hydroids out in the open. The "fin" and "eyestalks" of the worm are actually colorful bristles.
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space-commander Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent artwork. I could use something like this for my Kanangar Prime project if you're interested.
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NocturnalSea Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, I'm afraid I'm rather busy lately, but you're free to use the concept if you like it.
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space-commander Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the offer :) I'll try to learn more about it first before including it.

The project itself is actually a group project ([link]), where each member gets a planet of their own and then develops it, primarily with Spec Evolution style art to begin with.
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RevolverWinds Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012
I'm strangely attracted to this bizarre incarnation of life on this planet. It's hard to visualize how such anatomically eclectic organisms lived. The Tully Monster is actually the state fossil or some such thing of Illinois. Personally, I like Opabinia best of these ilk of creature.
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NocturnalSea Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I always figured both Opabinia and Tullimonstrum used their long trunks to extract prey from narrow burrows, kind of like those freaky fingers that aye-aye have.
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Banvivirie Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Love the colors on this one, I am fond of warm reds on dark teal.
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NocturnalSea Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks.
As you can probably tell from some of my other work, I too am a big fan of reds on blue/teal/cyan. I'm also partial to blue/turquoise on rich brown colors.
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avancna Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm rather surprised you didn't take the Müllerian route.
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NocturnalSea Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh, that one is definitely coming. Although you're right, it probably would have been a good idea to use Müllerian mimicry here since polychaetes are often toxic or otherwise unappetizing themselves.
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avancna Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
All of a sudden, I had an idea for a polychaete that mimics a nautiloid or ammonite.
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