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Remember this? Well I redrew it and finally gave it some colors. It's in no way related to the movie of the same title.

Suffaco Impedio "Strangling Hold"

This xenomorph is a cold-blooded, bony fish that has evolved to occupy a very small ecosystem. It measures only a foot long, but it is the most efficient predator on land, due to its endemic nature. The only non-arthropodic species on its planet to partially live on land, this fish is considered an extremophile.

Its long, serpentine body is smooth, with five rows of backwards pointing scutes lining it. It can travel on land by pushing itself along on its fleshy pectoral and pelvic fins - also used for steering while swimming - as well as using its muscular body and tail to perform impressive leaps. It also has a pair of anal fins which it uses for balance while swimming and a very long caudal and soft dorsal fin which it uses to push itself forward and stay upright in the water. Its bottom jaw is longer than its front and filled with short conical teeth. The operculum is covered in short sharp spines and has a frill to protect its gills, and it has two small sensitive flaps of skin behind its nostrils. The scutes along the sides of its body are where the lateral line system is, which it uses to sense vibrations during its time in water. One of its swimming bladders has become a rudimentary lung, which allows it to breathe on land. It can also partially breathe through its skin, though it must stay moist for this, meaning it can not stray far from the shore.

It kills by constriction, using its scutes to grip onto the hard chitin carapaces of arthropods and the slick smooth scaled fish that make up its diet. Once dead, it swallows its food whole, using its backwards facing teeth to push the prey down its throat, which can distend so that it can eat prey twice its size. Due to the extra energy it expends hunting down its prey on land, it has a large appetite, and digests quickly in order to be able to eat more. It also hunts in the small tidal pools which form when the tide goes out, being able to pull its constricted prey from the water to eat it on land without worrying about other water predators.

During spawning season males develop a kype of the upper jaw, or extreme curvature. Females and males will coil around each other, so that while the female lays her ova, the male can release his spermatozoa and have a better chance of fertilization. Ova are laid by the hundreds in the shallows surrounding the land. Once spawning is complete, it is not uncommon for the females to consume their mates. The females will fiercely guard their eggs, but once hatched, they become opportunistic feeders and will devour their tiny larvae by the mouthful. If the larvae are caught during low tide in one of the many tide pools that dot the shore, an entire generation can be wiped out by their mother. The larvae are very small and do not resemble their parents. They are short and lack the characteristic serpentine body, and also have a large yolk sac for nourishment that hangs from their bellies. They feed on their siblings and small, shrimp-like crustaceans. They are not amphibious yet, and will suffocate if they become stranded on land when the tide goes out. As they grow, they will lengthen and one of their swimming bladders will develop into the lung which will allow it to follow in its parents footsteps and hunt primarily on land.

Entire populations of this rare fish have been wiped out due to its specialized life style. If its main source of food should migrate or die off, it is unable to survive the open ocean long enough to find another inhabited spit of land, let alone land that isn't an active volcano. Unless it evolves further, it is unlikely that this extraordinary fish will survive its courageous venture onto land.


Image and species (c) Hilary Francis
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Svorec Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2017  Student General Artist
There's actually a movie like this
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Battleferrets Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The first line of text in the description says there's no relation :P
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Svorec Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2017  Student General Artist
Um
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xr201 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2016
looks like an eel
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:iconbattleferrets:
Battleferrets Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's like saying wasps look like bees. They're both insects with similar physiological makeup and sometimes colors.

Eels and this alien are both fish that happen to be very long-bodied c: So yes, it looks like an eel.
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Nutcase9 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Student General Artist
Cool. Reminds me of the weird animal hybrid things I drew as a kid, only more . . . adult-y :D
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:iconbattleferrets:
Battleferrets Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah I've been making hybrids since I was a kid, but I've come a long way from flamingo-elephant griffins that's for sure!
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macgobhain Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013
Now this is gorgeous. You say that most terrestrial life on this world is composed of arthropods?
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Battleferrets Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! And yes, everything else on land is an arthropod :)
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:iconmacgobhain:
macgobhain Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013
What kind of fish might this have evolved from, do you think?
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:iconbattleferrets:
Battleferrets Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well it's meant to be an alien life form, so who knows! 
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AriGJr Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
great!
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Only a foot long? I don't believe it! ;p
Awesome creature design. And spectacular colours!
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Battleferrets Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha no need for it to be very big on its planet.
Thank you!
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome requires no need!! :dummy:
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rathacat Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Me too. Very neat critter creation
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Battleferrets Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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DelKon1 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good one!
First time i thought it is a real species!
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DelKon1 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good one!
First time i thought it is a real species.
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Battleferrets Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mission accomplished!
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DelKon1 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D
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dwuff Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
Ooh, this is really cool. Good job!
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MangoAndMay Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012   Traditional Artist
:iconzoomlaplz::iconsaysplz:OOOOOOOOO A FISHYSNAKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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captainbloodcorsair Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
whoa, that's really cool!
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aboveClouds Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012   Digital Artist
Awesome! I love the scale patterning. Such a cool concept.
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sparkpenguin Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i LOVE your style; the fine-weight and high detail of the lines and just how perfect they are with the intricate color pattern is... so awesome. it's like art noiveau almost but ...different...i dig.

awesome creature! :thumbsup:
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Battleferrets Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much! This whole comment just made me feel good about myself and my art :)
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sparkpenguin Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i'm glad! and the comment was totally deserved! :D
have a great day!
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LaLunatique Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
*-* Truely awesome!
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Cowburger13 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Glad these aren't real. Awesome work ;)
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SoldierToger Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Hobbyist
Niiice. Really love the details in the coloring and design. That ventral view is pretty kickass, too.
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Xiaphear Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Would it be as big as an elephant, and even more scaly and fierce-looking. It would be prime for a Monster hunter game.
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MoonmansArtworks Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Cool Concept!
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Old-PaleoClipper Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Is that a nose?!

Either way, cool design.
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Battleferrets Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's the male's kype, similar to what male salmon get during the breeding season. It's basically just a pronounced curvature of the jaws.
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Old-PaleoClipper Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
AH!
Thank you. I was a little confused there for a moment. >.<

Either way love this design!
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Pyroraptor42 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
Buce creature!
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Ayumi-Nemera Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh my god. me and a friend of mine were talking about a good b-movie title that could sequel sharktopus, and this is what we came up with. you my good sir, have won the internet.
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Battleferrets Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well you're in luck, because it's actually going to exist! From the same series as Sharktopus too, so good on ya for predicting it :)
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Ayumi-Nemera Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I LOVE YOU FOR THIS.
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Battleferrets Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
<3
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ilTassista Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
just fine! --- ore, très jolie? of which Canada are you? :-)
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Battleferrets Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
English speaking part haha. Flat prairies of Saskatchewan, to be precise :)
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PeteriDish Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Friggin awesome! Wicked cool! =)
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beastofoblivion Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Professional Artist
That's badass!
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Charanty Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012
Looks great)
PS
There is a movie of the such name?o_0
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:iconbattleferrets:
Battleferrets Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There will be :) [link]
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Charanty Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012
THIS. I must find it! *likes Horror B-movies*
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