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Offline Daroh

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Creature: Quapura
« on: March 28, 2006, 12:50:23 pm »
I'm new here and decided to introduce myself in the form of a creature I designed for spore.
I'm extremely shoddy when it comes to drawing but Ive thought this creature through quite a lot.
Ive made 4 evolutionary steps so far, with descriptions for each step
I'm almost certain that the full description wont be possible in spore, but still nice to create an in depth description of it.

The name is actually made up of abbreviations of the words quad, octopus and flora.

The Quapura resembles a plant, with 4 large colored "petals" that form the head, each with a single eye on, the mouth lies directally in the center of these petals, by the sides of the mouth are small tentacles that are used to hold food into place as it is devoured (earlier evolutionary steps were actually stingers to immobilize prey however became irrelevant as they gained intelligence).
The Quapura may resemble a plant, however is closer to being a form of squid.
The main body is treelike in appearance with 2 bright green tentacle arms midway down(in earlier evolutionary steps they were stingers used in self defense), the "petals" droop down to this height.
At the base of the Quapura lies 4 extremely strong and surprisingly sturdy tentacles, each able to retract to an extremely large extent, resulting in how the creature actually moves, in order to move it extends 2 of the tentacles then drags itself using them, it uses the remaining two tentacles to push itself forward. It is also able to use these tentacles to walk upright on if need be, these tentacles are also tree like in appearance.

Here you can see how the Quapura evolved, in an extremely rubbish monochrome image




Ill leave the full descriptions of the earlier evolutionary forms for now as they're pretty long. (mainly describes how they eat, how the second form is even able to get to the surface of the water)



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Re: Creature: Quapura
« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2006, 04:00:01 pm »
I'm really glad you like it, I tried to make unlike any other creature Ive seen so far and I really wanted to see one that had characteristics of a plant yet in reality was nothing close.


Anyhow hes the description of its early evolutionary form (Ocean floor/seabed)
Description:
The Quapura is roughly 1 foot tall and resembles a jellyfish in appearance, however from examining it further it is far from the same, the Quapura is able to travel through the water extremely slowly by dragging itself along the seabed using its 4 tentacles, on top of its *cap* lies a mouth piece filled with poisonous retractable stingers, the cap is made up of 4 sectional pieces fused together, each section has a single eye, the cap is able to change colour to suit its surroundings however the small stingers round the mouth are permanently bright yellow.
Underneath the cap lies a large body cavity containing various organs and space to enable the Quapura to retract its tentacles. Directally centred under this body lies a hole that is used to expel waste material and eggs.

Feeding pattern:
The Quapura sits in wait for small fish and other creatures to travel near its mouth piece, at which point it darts out its poison stingers to immobilize pray, then retracting the stingers to drag prey into its mouth piece, this isn't a very efficient feeding method however due to the Quapura not needing to move much within its lifetime they do not need to feed as much as most other marine creatures.

Mating habits:
Quapura's mate by females of the species climbing on top of the cap of a male, releasing 4 to 8 eggs into the mouth of the male which then are transferred through an alternative system and into a "womb" filled with male semen to fertilize the eggs.
Unfortunately after this process, the male usually then proceeds to eat the female.
The male keeps the eggs within itself until fully mature, at this point the male then expels the live offspring through the hole on its underside while standing high upon its 4 tentacles. Offspring are born roughly 4cm in size

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Re: Creature: Quapura
« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2006, 03:58:51 am »
It's very different from the other creatures. Interesting mating system too. A bigger more detailed drawing would be nice if you can.

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Re: Creature: Quapura
« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2006, 11:09:08 am »
I'm *attempting* to draw a larger picture, but don't expect it to be any good...
For the time being however.

(water surface, second major evolutionary step)
Description:
The Quapura has evolved to use its mouth piece and its waste disposal tract as a form of propulsion system, by drawing in water through the mouth piece, expanding the body in doing so then immediately expelling it in a rapid burst from the anal passage it is able to boost itself through the water.
The Quapura's cap has evolved to be able to open out to form a flat surface in which it uses to hold itself to the water surface with its mouth piece above the water. The body of the Quapura has evolved 2 mid body stingers for self defense while in this state, also while in this state, the cap changes to a dark green colour to confuse potential prey into thinking it is nothing more than a form of harmless water plant.
The Quapura does not use its water propulsion system until the digestion cycle is complete to prevent the expelling of food.


Feeding pattern:
The Quapura has evolved a unique feeding method in which it propels itself to the surface of the water using its propulsion system, raising its cap segments to lay flat against the water surface then lying in wait.
The Quapura feeds by waiting for prey to land upon its cap, at which it closes up the cap, drawing prey onto the stingers then sinking into the depths of the ocean, efficiently drowning its prey while paralyzed.
Food from above water is a lot more substantial than the food below the ocean, mainly consisting of small birds and large insects which is why it has evolved this unique feeding method.

Mating habits:
No change.


(Early land)
Description:
The Quapura evolved to life on land, maintaining most of the characteristics of the late water Quapura.
It stands at roughly half a full adult humans height.
When born, the cap is full white, however after a day it starts to pulsate different colours until finally stopping on a set colour(colours in some cases), these colours stay with the Quapura for life, the main use of these colours are to further disguise itself as a plant. The cap has now fully split into four segments.
The main body now has a wood like appearance where as its mid body stingers are bright green, the lower tentacles also have a wooden appearance, the overall solidity of the body has increased and can no longer stretch as it could while living in water resulting in loss of the water propulsion method.
The Quapura has regained the mobility of its earlier evolutionary stage in life and now drags itself across the ground using its tentacles, however the tentacles are a lot longer and can retract further into the body, it is possible for the Quapura to extend the tentacles to a large extent enabling itself to *stand up* for limited amounts of time, usually for the purpose of birthing, breeding and excreting.
Within the mouth on two of its sides lies scent glands which release a highly sweet smell which has two uses, one to lure prey and two for attracting potential mates. Each Quapura has its own unique scent, it could be said that the scent males release is similar to that of a citrus fruit whereas the females scent is a lot sweeter and could be compared to the scent of nectar, these scents can change slightly depending on how the Quapura is feeling, if it feels threatened the scent may change to be slightly sour, whereas if it is seeking a mate, it may be sweeter than usual.
The tips of the “petals” on the Quapura also have the ability to detect various scents.


Feeding pattern:
The mouth piece is still situated on the top of the Quapura and is used in a similar manner to the water surface Quapura, however it now relies on its floral camouflage and the enticing scent released from the scent pouches to lure prey.
It is possible for the Quapura to also eat land creatures however it is uncommon, by using the two side stingers on creatures that approach, it is able to paralyze then use its tentacles to raise the paralyzed animal to the mouth allowing full consumption, this however can cause problems since Quapura are quite determined to eat prey, even if the prey is too big to fit into its mouth.
The usual scenario is that the Quapura waits until something lands on the petals, at which point the petals *bud* trapping the creature within and driving them toward the stingers situated around the mouth thus paralyzing them.


Mating Habits:
The Quapura has maintained the same mating method, however they are now very choosy when it comes to selecting a mate, females choose their mate depending on the intensity of the males *perfume*, however males are the same and will judge who is worthy to release their eggs by their scent, males no longer try to eat the females; with the intention of potentially mating again with that female.
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