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colossal aquatic female - tiny airborne male by Banvivirie colossal aquatic female - tiny airborne male by Banvivirie
Speculative creature design that displays sexual dimorphism.

This species displays a high degree of sexual dimorphism. The male retains its larval form and develops an elastic, balloon-like airsac that is inflated with the gases that are the byproduct of the floating microbes in the atmosphere. Females grow to a colossal size and are much rarer, appearing in a ratio of one female to a million males. They spend most of their life as a deep sea predator, and when they become sexually mature, they rise to the surface to mate. They have a display of red and green feathery appendages which exhibit bioluminescent receptacles that attract males. The bioluminescence of the receptacles is produced through the same methane and hydrogen byproducts that keep the males afloat. The males mate with the receptacles and sperm is transported through the appendages to the female's ovaries.
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:iconcreator-of-life:
Creator-of-Life Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013
Hey i'm new to the art community what program do you use? and this is one of my top 3 favorite pieces :)
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Banvivirie Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow, thanks! :D
I painted this in Adobe Photoshop CS5, this is one of my few pieces entirely painted digitally.
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Creator-of-Life Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013
Thanks :[)
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Acrionianspeculative Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG A SHRIIIIMP! or at least a shrimpy-thingy. i love this piece, and you've done incredibly well both on the art side and the science side! tell me- how do these things mate if they live in two different environments? reply would be much appreciated, keep up the good work! lots of love! :hug:
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Banvivirie Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
The females have a display of red and green feathery appendages which exhibit bioluminescent receptacles that attract males. The males mate with the receptacles and sperm is transported through the appendages to the female's ovaries.
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Acrionianspeculative Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well, i must say you do have some veritably fascinating ideas. love it! well, keep up the good work and hope to hear from you soon!
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JWArtwork Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A very creative idea - the sexual dimorphism! :) I like it a lot, also the drawing itself, especially the view that we have.
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Banvivirie Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :)
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Tannon34 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013
This is amazing! Almost plausible as an actual species
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Banvivirie Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. :meow:
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