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Arrowtongue by Pythosblaze Arrowtongue by Pythosblaze
Creature concept!

This one is a nectar eater. The feathery bit on the end of the proboscis is used to collect sweet nectar from large flowers (that I have a design for and will submit later). The proboscis is also tipped with a hardened barb that can be used as a weapon. The headshot above shows the tongue in its retracted position. It would be coiled behind the vent.

What appears to be a mouth on the front of the head is actually a vent of sorts, allowing the creature to strain pollen out of the air as it breathes.

The creature has powerful hind legs and large feet, allowing it to run fast and over long distances. It uses its front appendages to balance itself as it runs. The shoulder flaps and forelimbs are also used in aggressive mating displays, in which the large females charge and slam their heads into each other until one is killed or incapacitated. The creatures are otherwise fairly peaceful herd animals.

I'm calling it "Arrowtongue" for now, since it was sort of inspired by a creature of the same name from some speculative space exploration documentary called "Alien Planet". I highly recommend checking it out.

Videos for the full body: Lines [link] and Color [link]

The headshot was done in Sketchbook, and I didn't record it.
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Reivaxbeastly Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014
Incredible. Looks biologically plausible as well. Loving the colour scheme. 
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Uglypenguin Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is it a open species? :3
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Pythosblaze Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Student Digital Artist
It's not a species, so no
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:iconuglypenguin:
Uglypenguin Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Okay :)
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Eyrin Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great creature concept, i have a similiar one which i called "Hooktongue", mine is carnivorous though :3 Faved!
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Dinofuzz Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great concept design! And yeah... it has nothing to do with Barlowe's Arrowtongue...
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ugothomasonyeji Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
this is jus amazing (y) :D
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BrynnMetheney Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This is beautiful! I love the head design and those flaps along the arms! :)
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Pythosblaze Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thank you! I need to work on this guy again, actually.
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SabertoothDogfish Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
is this a re-design of the Arrowtonge from Darwin 4?
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