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Caecuraptor by KatePfeilschiefter Caecuraptor by KatePfeilschiefter
"Caecu" is pronounced "kay, ek ooo", and is shortened from the Latin "Caecus", meaning blind.

The only idea I had in my head when starting this was an alien raptor-like pack predator, so this guy was pretty spontaneous.

It navigates and hunts using a combination of echolocation and infrared sensitive pit receptors which allows them to see the radiated heat of warm blooded creatures.

The fan on the end of their tail can fold down or erect to be flushed or drained of blood, allowing them to send heat coded messages to one another. I guess it'd also be somewhat useful as a rudder while running. It'd flush red when excited or on the trail of prey, then they'd either proceed to chase their victim down or plan out ambushes, in which they take turns bombarding the prey with blasts of sonar while others leap onto and slash into the victim. They're also great endurance runners, and like to tire larger more dangerous prey with prolonged chases before attacking.
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Sagittarius-A-star Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Cool critter! :) I like your description as well- this is something that I can imagine Riddick having to deal with, ha ha.  Do these guys live on a planet without much light?  It's hard to imagine an animal that would not find eyes useful, even though the eye-dea of an eyeless creature that hunts using sonar or heat is so fascinating to creature designers. ;)
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KatePfeilschiefter Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, maybe if sandstorms were a constant occurrence he wouldn't have much need for sight, but realistically some sort of rudimentary vision would be present in even the dimmest situations. Mostly for this guy it was all aesthetics. But thank you!
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wolfgang-111 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015  Student Artist
creepy cool
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LTDragoonIII Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014
For something spontaneous it looks well drawn :D
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Simondit Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014
play stance
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IceBlast360 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ho...-ly... SHIT!!! AMAZING!!! YOU ARE MY GOD!!!
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Revan005 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013
Cool.
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jeremys-art Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Brilliant work.
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mike1045 Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
that thing look awesome looking, you wouldn't by chance have a problem with me using them for a rp i'm working on?
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KatePfeilschiefter Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I'd rather you not, thanks for asking though and thanks for the compliments.
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mike1045 Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
alright...and you're welcome
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CopperFreddy Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
Awesome! It makes me think of the "Tremors" films. Gorgeous design! :iconlascrollplz:
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Toobworm Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful detailing, amazing coloring! :D
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RedTearRiding Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You put a lot of thought into him, and I think he came out adorable :aww:
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JWArtwork Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's one great work! :nod: All I can say is "wow!" :wow:
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yzkethrag Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Neat.
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DTKK Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I put this on my Desktop Backround :P
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Grumbleputty Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Brilliant concept, and a great painting too
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TheLife-IsArt Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
nice
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ElreniaGreenleaf Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I was going to say 'but how can it see the 'lit up' fan tails?' until I read the infrared sensitive pit receptors bit. VERY well designed creature, I love it! :D
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BenWootten Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
what a great design, and a really strong energetic pose.
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KatePfeilschiefter Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hey thanks! That means a lot coming from you, I really admire your work.
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jedion357 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
love the well thought out creature- one of my pet peeves over aliens is the "pets in space" syndrome. this is very alien and very believable.
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Deranged-Dragon Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Every feature about this creature screams, "Run! Run far away!"...I like that.
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DSil Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011  Student General Artist
What a face! I love the lateral mandibles.
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AJtheartmelder Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Student Interface Designer
Realy nice concept!!!
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Nicksketch Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011   Digital Artist
Perfect concept and execution. I can't praise this enough :)
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Byotech Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011
oh yess!! These are creatures that I like.
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Mehf Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011
Like a zergling or something. Have it as a pet, sure it will get along with my dogs :)
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DanMerrell Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
plus, they do all that running on only three legs! lol
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KatePfeilschiefter Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
It's a quadruped, I didn't bother to put in the other hind leg as I think it reads as being obscured by the foremost forearm.
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DanMerrell Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know, I've done the same thing, myself. I just thought it was a little funny,
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Fresh! ;}
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ChainsawDroid Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011
She's a beauty...ready the elephant tranquilizer.
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Sciocont Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Awesome design, very believable.
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Aeyolscaer Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Nice idea and concept :)
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Guidewolf Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011
charms
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Areas0n4br0knwings Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
i would not want to run into that thing..wicked :D
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Blacklemon67 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome job :D
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JadeRavenwing Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011
you should definitely do more pieces like this.
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dismemberednecromorf Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that's awesome
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b-owls Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
what movie was it? i watched one with aliens like that when i was little and i cant for the life of me remember what it was called. it's been bugging me for quite a while.
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Eroticy Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Definitely has some Neville Page influence in it. :)
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KatePfeilschiefter Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Neville Page is awesome, though this creature was spontaneous, maybe I was influenced subconsciously
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Eroticy Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Id have to say so. lol
Great job on it!
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TashaMoscato Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
this is pretty awsome.
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Gudasarin Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011
:pills:
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That-Random--Artist Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
so epic!
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Bumsy Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011
Aw, it's smiling.
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