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Symbiosis by Scorpion451 Symbiosis by Scorpion451
Photoshop, about 8 hours.
Contest Entry for the :iconconceptworld: contest- a creature round, with the magic phrase "symbiosis".

Wish I could have had more time to work on this one, but this week was crazy, so I had to do the whole thing today.
Beat the deadline by something like 2 minutes.:phew:

The concept:
The fishing trees of TR893C are a quite interesting case of plant/animal symbiosis. The tree's distinctive low-hanging fruit is seemingly a boon to the herbivores of the area, but any creature that consumes several of the fruits soon discovers that the plant has a much more sinister design: the fruits contain a mild tranquilzer, which causes disorientation, sleepyness, and in large doses, paralysis. It is only when the greedy creature is redered helpless that the tree's protectors swarm out of hiding to claim their latest meal. In exchange for free room and board, large colonies of the tiny, carnivorous creatures known by the locals as "Tree Teeth" protect the tree and eliminate any threat of overharvesting by a single creature, which limits seed dispersal, and their leftovers and waste fertilize the tree. They have also interestingly evolved an avesion to eating the stomach, ensuring the next generation of fishing trees has a protected start in the skeletons of their prey.

Human colonists have coined the phrase "Eating from the fishing tree", meaning "falling victim to ones own greed".
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=DHUGE thank you to all who voted for me in the contest! =D
My first win in one of these! :la:
I might have to post a more polished version separately at some point in the near future to celebrate.
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PoetryMan1 Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Student Filmographer
Hey, I like your descriptions... you read a lot of books don't you? or is it just that you're a very technical individual? (in terms of giving information, i guess). But, I do thoroughly enjoy your well-thought out explanations.

well, peace! :Peace:
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Scorpion451 Featured By Owner May 26, 2013   Artist
Yep to both actually. :D
Always fun to hear to people like the descriptions- I try to make them interesting. I spend hours on end doing these high realism pics, and daydreaming about the backstory and technical details helps me stay in the zone after 6 hours of staring at the same scene and painting lots and lots of tiny leaves...after a while some of these get pretty involved just from that, and the hard part is editing that down to a couple paragraphs. :XD:
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PoetryMan1 Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Student Filmographer
true
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Edarneor Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
OHNO!! the killer squirrels!! :O RUUUUUN!
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ArtofOdd Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It's in don't worry I'm waiting for more votes myself! [is a two vote system] I'm happy someone else liked the phrase symbiosis ;)
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