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Shark-o-pod by M0AI Shark-o-pod by M0AI
Here's another image for my dad, this time for father's day. It's a tetrapod/shark hybrid type creature, with Helicoprion and several modern species thrown into the mix.
It'd be fantastic if some of my more zoologically-minded friends here could think up a better name for this organism than "sharkopod." :)
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:icontraheripteryx:
Traheripteryx Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Gladognathus terrestris would be a cool name...
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M0AI Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
It would be.
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Traheripteryx Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah! :D
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Traheripteryx Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool creature design!
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M0AI Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Traheripteryx Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem!
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By-the-By Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Damn, I'd pee myself seeing that coming out of the sand dunes.

Very nice, the anatomy is very realistic, I see that being able to stumble around land like how a crocodile walks.
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Hunter12396 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
helecoopterous
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:iconm0ai:
M0AI Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hah!
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:iconxenomorph-queen:
Xenomorph-Queen Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010
PFFFFFFT.

There are land sharks in my favorite Zelda game.

None as monstrous as this!! This is sooooooo cool!
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RokuroCarisu Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010
You could try my method for naming Spore creatures: Typing random letters and then rearange them to a good sounding name.
Let me demonstrate it: saghorag
Hey, that sounds allready like a name! Oh well, somehow. ^^
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M0AI Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Hah, even that sounds like a good name for this guy! Saghorag...I like it!
Thanks!
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RokuroCarisu Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010
Thank the randomness. ^^
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GabbyVee Featured By Owner May 16, 2010
I'd be scared as F@#K if that thing was real. I've had dreams about a crawlin shark..I like how you did it a little mushy looking cuz he's not in the water, very realistic! Very scary.
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M0AI Featured By Owner May 24, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I'm glad you think it's so scary. If a picture inspires an emotional reaction like that, something must be working right!
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boxeater5 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009
Very very interesting. It seems a little bloated, but that would most likely be from not being in water. Kudos tho
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M0AI Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, sharkdude. I was going for thick and muscular, and a little bit flattened out from being on land, which is obviously a much less buoyant environment than water.
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boxeater5 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009
Yea, it is only natural to have that happen. Its girth or musculature seems similar to a great white or tiger. I would love to see more things like this.
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FakaPokeBio Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2008
Reminds me of the future shark from Primeval.
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:iconm0ai:
M0AI Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Funny, that's not the first time one of my creatures has been compared to something from Primeval. I've never watched the show, though.
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FakaPokeBio Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008
It's gooood. :nod:
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dracontes Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Actually there is a shark that crawls* with its fins on the sea bottom to capture its prey. Truth is stranger than fiction after all ;)

While overall I like it execution and concept, I can't but note that the gill slits seem to be in the wrong place: they should be not on the shoulder but on a neck of sorts. At least that's how my comparative anatomy knowledge would have it :P

*Youtube video
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M0AI Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the video, dracontes. It's neat to see that my crawling shark has at least some sort of basis in reality.:)
Good call on the gills, too. He doesn't really have much of a neck, though...
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dracontes Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Eh, it freaked me out a bit the first time I saw it on a documentary ;)

I guess that if this fictional animal had a similar evolutionary path as tetrapods the gill slits would either be almost always closed or would fail to develop altogether at this stage. The spiracle (openings behind the eyes) has been used to good effect in rays, so with a pumping gullet and the increased gill surface area it shouldn't be that difficult to breathe air, but that's just me.

I'd say that with the Helicoprion-like teeth this is a specialized off-shot. I'd like to see a more generalized version, if you don't mind my asking?
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M0AI Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
I just might draw a generalized version, now that you ask. I might take it a bit more seriously than this version too. The Helicoprion teeth were just added to make it look cool.:D
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Aggrus Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2008
Cool. It looks awesome! if you want I could try and make its taxonomic info.
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Aggrus Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2008
Oh and don't worry. It's pretty easy for me to do.
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Aggrus Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2008
I have a question: Is it related to bull sharks?
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M0AI Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Sorry for the late reply, Aggrus. Sure, you can try to make up some taxonomic info for it, if you want. Just know that I didn't really draw this guy with science in mind, though. He's not based on any specific species or clade. He's mostly a chimaera of various shark features. So, as to whether he's related to bull sharks, I have know idea.
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Aggrus Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2008
Well I was thinking like is most of his body based off a bull shark if so
...
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Chondrichtyes
Subclass:Elasmobranchii
Order:Carcharhiniformes
Family:Carcharhinidae
Genus:Pseudocarcharhinus
Specis:leucas
...
If not IDK
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:iconm0ai:
M0AI Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Cool. What do the genus and species names mean?
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Aggrus Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008
Pseudo means 'fake' or 'false' in Latin and the rest is the actual taxonomy for a Bull shark. I think leucas means 'white'. I think carcharhinus might mean 'jagged nose'
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SparkStudios Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2008  Student General Artist
Ahh! Land shark! :sprint: (there's a layman name for you!)
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Sphenacodon Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2008
Great, he looks like a tough tetrapodal punk. Not someone I'd like to bump into.

How about Squaloreptilis ("crawling shark", to the best of my knowledge)?
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M0AI Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, he's pretty badass. But don't worry, we'll all be comfortably extinct by time he comes around.
Squaloreptilis is another fine name. Thanks!
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Sphenacodon Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2008
You're welcome!
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2008
WOW, this is just awesome! I don't think I've ever seen a more creative take on an alternate vertebrate migration from sea to land, or towards a tetrapod-style body design. I love the pinniped-style limbs lifting the body clear of the ground! I can totally see this creature as amphibious, or as an intermmediate stage towards a true land-dweller. Fantastic work!
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M0AI Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! Yeah, he's still very much an amphibious creature. His rear limbs are still little more than paddles, and his fins and gills show that he's still quite at home in the water. However, judging from the trunk and forelimb muscles that I gave him, I would think that he'd be capable of pulling himself along pretty powerfully on land.
I also have the seed of an idea of some secondarily terrestrial cetaceans. They only have one pair of limbs, so land creatures that descended from them would be very interesting, I think. The land would be colonized by bipods instead of tetrapods.
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2008
Oh wow, a "bipodal whale"--that sounds so cool! I have a particular affinity for aquatic/marine and amphibious creatures, and especially for creatures that look like they've undergone a particularly circuitous evolution from one environment to another (i.e. land to sea and back to land), so that sounds right up my alley. I can't wait to see it!
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arvalis Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2008
This is awesome. I created something with a similar botton jaw here [link]
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:iconm0ai:
M0AI Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. Cool sea dragon!
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Rodlox Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2008
how about "Puddles" (since "Tidepools" is a silly name) :D

could I order a small colony of those sharks? I know a few rivers in the Devonian that would suit them perfectly.

ps: the creature looks perfectly plausible.
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:iconm0ai:
M0AI Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Sure! I'll ship some right out to you. I'm sure he'll be happy to kick some Ichthyostegan ass back in the Devonian!
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Rodlox Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2008
thanks.

might have a problem - I just found out I need special permits to import anything amphibious to the Devonian. (drat!)
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PousazPower Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2008
How about a Carchariderpeton
(Shark crawler in Greek and Latin)
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:iconm0ai:
M0AI Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
I like the sound of that. Thanks!
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PousazPower Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2008
No problemo!
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KLundy Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2008   Writer
Aww! He's so cute! *Reaches down to pet.* Does he bite?

Lol, it's a really neat piece; I'm not entirely zoologically minded, :P, but I think I really like it! Certainly unique. Hope your dad likes it, :3, I'm sure he will!
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M0AI Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
He does bite, unfortunately. Sharks were quite excited when the mass extinctions first wiped out all land megafauna, but it turned out that adapting to life on land is nothing but hard work. First, their cartilaginous endoskeletons had to be strengthened to bear their weight on land. Harder, more rigid bones are much less comfortable than cartilage, let me tell you! Not to mention the whole debacle of changing the pectoral and pelvic fins into weight-bearing limbs. As you can see, there's still a lot of work to be done on the pelvic fins. The evolution of separate digits at the ends of the limbs is still just a distant wish. Breathing air is tough to get used to, as well.
See, if you had to deal with all that, wouldn't you feel like biting someone too?
He thanks you for liking him, though.
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KLundy Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2008   Writer
:D, I oughta quote that for the sake of my old biology teacher. And he's welcome, :3.
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