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Dustrunner Ref by DreamBurst Dustrunner Ref by DreamBurst
Dustrunners- Please note, most of this information pertains to the female dustrunner. Also, :iconwalloftextplz:
:bulletred: PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU MAKE OR DECIDE TO DRAW ONE. If you do, please keep in mind the information provided here. :bulletred:


Height: 5’-7’ tall
Weight: 250-350
Average “cruising” speed: 65mph.
Average sprinting speed: 95mph. They are able to maintain this for a full two miles.
Lifespan in the wild: 20-30 years
Captivity: 60 years.

1.) Illustrates approximately how far a dustrunner can stretch their neck. Also how their headshields will grow through life. Only very old (50+) specimens will have heads this large.

2.)Size comparison to a 6’ male
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3.)Basic eyespot pattern. This layout allows it to see shadows not only around it, but also above it.

4.)Antennae are arranged fairly randomly and are stiff. They are waved through the air when searching for a scent, and pushed through the sand when searching for buried food.

5.)Three pairs of arms are folded underneath.

6.)Very powerful back legs. Dustrunners are VERY agile, looking like ninjas when trying to avoid attacks by predators (though their senses can only help them to dodge for so long.) They are also capable of jumping exceedingly high (~25’). Dustrunners are very good “packhorses,” able to carry up to 3 times their body weight very easily.

7.)A male Dustrunner. Also known as a Sand Grub, the male Dustrunner serves a similar function as the male anglerfish. Their job for the species is simply to pass on genetic material. They can also function as disease vectors if they manage to latch onto a passing animal, otherwise, they simply sit in the dirt and eat plants. Males give off a musk that is detected by females so that they are more easily found. This also makes it easier for males to be found by other predators.

8.)A female dustrunner can hold up to 8 males at a time. A male attaches himself to a female by latching onto a bony structure underneath three interlocking scales. When the male bites down, bony structures in his mouth pierce through his skin, and into the skin and bony structures of the female, locking himself in place. The wounds on both individuals then heal together giving the male a constant food and water supply, and the female is given a sperm donor that holds fat and water for dry and lean times.
>Females have a unique defense. When cornered and running away is an impossibility, they will sacrifice one of their males in order to “placate” an attacker enough for her to escape. This is done by pulling the inner bony structure into her tail, using the interlocking scales to pull the male off, the resulting force from this act launching him away from the female.

9.)Basic structure of the arms.

10.)The posture a dustrunner takes during a sandstorm.

11.)Frontal and side views of mouth structure. Antennae can be folded back while running.

12.)Structure of the throat. Spines prevent live food from coming back up. Side holes are linked to the windpipe and are filled with “feathered” hair and mucus to compensate for the dusty environment. The mandibles will be held out to the side when running in order to ease breathing.
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General Behavior: Dustrunners are fairly skittish yet curious animals that are most commonly found in flat open areas. They are normally solitary but sometimes travel in pairs. It is rare to see more than three travelling at a given time.
They stand as tall as a human, though they can stretch their necks at least two feet taller than that. Local sapient races have domesticated these creatures for their very very fast speed, temperament, and the fact that they do not tire easily. They are more than capable of carrying a human, and are often used as packhorses. Because it is fairly difficult to come by a dustrunner in the first place, they are held in high esteem and used as currency by the locals. (:bulletred: Please note, the race(s) that employ this species are NOT HUMAN, NOR HUMANOID LOOKING! :bulletred:)

Temperament: Highly intelligent (On par with a chimp) but not so easily tamed. One must first overcome their skittish nature before attempting to tame. Locals usually try to find and raise them from eggs to ease the process.
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Mating: Coincides with the cyclical storms. Storms in this particular desert area bring on a temporary period of green and abundance. With the onset of these storms, females will start secreting a hormone to signal her males that it is time to mate. All males will then deposit their sperm (each male gets his own batch of eggs), and the female will then fertilize her eggs. The female will then deposit up to 50 clutches of 200-300 eggs each in areas where there is likely to be explosive plant growth. Eggs are tiny: about the size of a marble. The eggs hatch with the first rains (gender ratio is about 60:40 when they first hatch. This ratio goes down very quickly after the first few years of life). Young remain with their yolk for the first week and a half after hatching, then after absorbing it will go on an eating spree, consuming any vegetation. This helps to spread the seeds of the desert plants, and provides a 1-2 month gorge fest for many desert animals. Most young females will be consumed by the end of this period. If a female can survive this, it is highly likely she will make it to adulthood. At about 3 weeks of age, males are at their adult size, and burrow down into the ground. Females grow VERY quickly, and are mature at 2 years.
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Habitat: Dustrunners are commonly found in dry, arid and flat areas such as open savannah and plains. There are a few MUCH rarer dustrunner species that occur in colder craggy mountain areas, salt marshes and swamps, as well as temperate forests and tropical jungles. The most familiar Dustrunner is the desert dustrunner, which is found in sandy deserts.
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Food: Dustrunners are omnivores, and get most, if not all of their water from the food that they eat. Using their teeth, they’ll tear and snip plant material including grasses, roots, berries and fruit (which they’ll swallow whole). They use their stiff facial antennae to smell, taste, and feel where small buried animals are. Dustrunners are no stranger to opportunistic feeding; they’ll eat carrion. There have also been unsubstantiated reports of Dustrunners taking advantage of a weakened animal and killing it.
They do not chew their food, rather, they have a very muscular pharynx that crushes and shreds food to a paste before it gets to the stomach. There, strong acid further breaks down any solid chunks.
Male dustrunners behave much like grubs and leeches when they are not attached to a female. They’ll usually try to bury themselves in the sand or dirt near a large plant to chew on the roots and eventually the whole plant. They’re also capable of burrowing into a large plant and feeding on the soft wood or bark. Sometimes if they’re semi-lucky, they’ll manage to find a large animal to latch onto and suck their blood.
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Senses
Eyesight: Dustrunners cannot truly see. The black spots on their heads are light sensitive eyespots.
Smell: Sense of smell is excellent and on par with a dog’s. They smell (and taste) through their antennae. Used to find food, and search for more males.
Hearing: Sense of hearing is very good. They can hear quite a wide range of pitches, from as high as a bat to as low as an elephant. However, they cannot hear exceptionally quiet sounds, such as a heartbeat or breathing from a distance (So it is possible to sneak up on them, lol!) All dustrunner species use echolocation, though the rarer species that do not live in open, flat habitats have a much better developed sense of hearing and echolocation.
Touch: Highly sensitive. Feet and antennae have a very wide area of feeling, up to 3 mi. Sensitivity increases the closer something is to the Dustrunner. If something moves within a 20 meter radius of it, it can tell the approximate direction and size of whatever moved. If it is within 10 meters, it can tell exactly how large something is and where it is located. Anything out of the 20 meter range is assumed to be a predator on the move or a sandstorm.
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:star: :star: :star: TL;DR, Refsheet that I've had sitting around for a while that I've only recently gotten around to finishing. Not colored because a) I'm too lazy to try to color tiny ass scale things, and
b) I can't figure out how to color it.

With that said, I'll soon be posting details for a coloring contest for these guys! :la:
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:iconzjoriz:
zJoriz Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011
Looks sweet. Cool design and storytelling as well!
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SNB-PLAZMATIC Featured By Owner May 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
your schematics are impossible, unless the planet it was on had very VERY low gravity. let me give you some thing to give you a perspective on the creature.

The average human walk is 3.5 miles per hour. Humans can effectively at average median physical rate (not based on world average of people in general, but if people maintained the life style of 50,000 years ago in Africa) maintain a speed of 10 mph for 2-4 miles, and can maintain 7 miles per hour for 10-15 miles, then 5 miles per hour for 25- 100 miles.

I use humans because we are, not only the most intelligent, but the best long distance runners on the planet. A cheetah can run fast, but only for less than a minute, a human ALWAYS outruns any other animal in the long run. We are the most perfect long distance runners, every thing in our bodies are geared toward it, and you suggest that this creature can support long running speeds of not only over two miles at 65mph (which is impossible for any animal on earth at the moment) but also 95 mph... and considering the body type is ridiculously un-fitted for long distance even at low gravity (body leg ratio, use of tail etc) and its habitat is not one that would induce long distance speed evolution, and instead sprinting. Humans evolved in a more craggy rocky area, that was semi flat, not good for sprinting, for example.
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Pythosblaze Featured By Owner May 25, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Okay, so here's my problem with your argument. Nowhere did she specify what type of planet the Dustrunners inhabit. According to her, they are on another plane of existence (what ever that means), and I rather expect that means that she can now do what ever she likes with them and that they are in no manner obligated to follow the rules of our universe.

That's not to say you didn't make a good point. You did, but your main mistake was in assuming that the planet the Dustrunners reside on has a specific gravitational pull. The planet may be very small; it may have a far less dense core and/or mantle than any planet known to man (heck, it could have a gas, liquid, or porous solid making up most of it); it may be constructed entirely of incredibly light elements that could not possibly exist in our universe; it could be made up of floating asteroidal microcosms orbiting a small core, it could even be a faux planet constructed by a sentient race. The possibilities go on and on. Not just with the planet, either. The Dustrunners do not have to be carbon-based; their muscles and bones may be completely capable of propelling them that quickly and efficiently for that distance, even in Earthlike gravity.

Lastly, a critique of your critique. This is the biggest problem I have with your comment. If you wish to properly critique a piece of art or a concept, you do not stop at criticizing the piece. You offer suggestions on how to improve it. Otherwise, you're not helping at all. Artists want to know how to improve; that is why they request critiques. It is VERY difficult to improve on something without any suggestions. That does not only apply to artwork, but to anything. If my English teacher marked up my paper with only what I did wrong, I may be able to correct a couple of things, but I would be at a loss for what to make of the rest of the paper.

Now, to make my "critique critique" and actual critique and not just a criticism, I would recommend that you revise your comment and repost. Tell *p0rcelainbombshelL what you think would help make her species more plausible. I'm sure she'd be happy to know.

I know it's a bit tl;dr. I do that sometimes.
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zJoriz Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011
Hah. Good point.
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Pythosblaze Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Indeed. I only wish the bastard had replied to it. I hate writing a lot and not getting anything out of it.
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zJoriz Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011
Ah, don't bother. I'd take the silence as 'got the point'. Besides, while you may not be getting anything out of it, other readers may.

To be honest, I'm quite surprised this didn't escalate into a YouTube-esque flamefest. I usually savour it when someone 'gracefully withdraws' from the discussion :D
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Pythosblaze Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I suppose, but I'm usually the argumentative type who likes at least some sort of acknowledgment.

Still, it is better than a flamefest.
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SilverMender Featured By Owner May 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Such beautiful creature. You provided enough detail and believable information to make this a pretty realistic lifeform. I like the fact that it can retract its neck--well, her neck. The way you drew the interlocking scales is amazing.

Amazing job. Really like it :D
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DreamBurst Featured By Owner May 25, 2011
Thanks! I think I did okay on the scales. I have plenty of friends that are a bajillion times better!
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SilverMender Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There will always be higher rankers...doesn't matter really, you do great.
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equigoyle Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
They're like giant insects and ..... ah, I'm not sure what else.
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DreamBurst Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011
GIANT BIPEDAL INSECTS 8D THAT...um...RUN!!!


Yeah XD :iconyayzplz:
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equigoyle Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Head for the hills!!

XD
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RiverRaven Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Hej! When is the deadline for the mini contest? I might give an entry for their genus + species name.. :D (if I have the time to analyze the species and thinking about a fitting name XD)
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DreamBurst Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010
The deadline for the contest as a whole has been extended to December first. You have time to enter both into the mini-contest and one of the three tiers should you so choose! :)
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RiverRaven Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
OK. I'm most interested in what colour the species should be, but do I have to enter a coloured deviation? I've never ever done that so I'm not sure whether I want to join in those. (Not that it isn't funny or instructive to do, but it takes time that I don't have)
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DreamBurst Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010
If you don't feel like doing it, you don't have to. You're more than welcome to draw one with your own coloration (or you can just draw one without coloring it, too), I only ask that you keep the biology in mind (i.e. seeing as it is blind, it obviously doesn't need bright coloration). :)
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RiverRaven Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Keeping biology in mind shouldn't be to hard for me, since it's my study :giggle: therefore I find this a bit challenging to do.
So there is no drawing needed? At least a drawing in which also the colour is explained? That makes it more possible for me to enter XD so maybe you'll get the entries soon!
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DreamBurst Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010
Sorry for the late response. I'll be accepting entries based on the criteria for the tiers that I have listed in my journal. That being said, the coloring doesnt need to be super detailed or fancy, just do what you're comfortable with. :)
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RiverRaven Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for your reply. It was quick enough :giggle: Now I know what I'm up to =)
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DreamBurst Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010
Sure thing!
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SineSquared Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010
Nice!
I can totally imagine these guys running!
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DreamBurst Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010
c8 Thanks!
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Rakaseth Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, what a great concept. The immense difference between the males and females is really interesting... I read all the text 8D
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DreamBurst Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010
Thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)
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Rakaseth Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I certainly did :D
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kaijae Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010  Student General Artist
Cool creature, I really like the extreme sexual dimorphism, makes it different, as does it's design in general. :)
I'm really curious about the non-humanoid looking 'locals', because that's something I always struggle with, designs that are original, relatable, but look nothing like humans or monkeys XD
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DreamBurst Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010
Thanks!

It's really difficult to make a race that is completely humanoid looking. I honestly just focus on making something interesting overall. :P
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AngelicAdonis Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome creature design!
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DreamBurst Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010
Thanks very much! :)
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AngelicAdonis Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome! :D
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Shadowmanic Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
these are awesome lol
I think I'd freak out a little if one was standing next to me
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DreamBurst Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010
They'd probably freak out a little too! 8D Or sit there and "sniff" you. Which would probably freak you out a lot!! X)
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Shadowmanic Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hahaha yes yes it would!
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DreamBurst Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010
:heart:
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Pythosblaze Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010  Student Digital Artist
:iconwalloftextplz:, indeed.
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DreamBurst Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010
xD Sorry. I kind of wanted to convey all the info about these guys. :3



You know you love it. >8D
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Pythosblaze Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Of course I do!
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DreamBurst Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010
:glomp: 8D
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Foxchibi Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It makes me happy when people use terms properly. :>

So anyway, neato species Kara! I've already seen a WIP or two for your contest and I'm really excited to see the overall turnout. They're really interesting and very well thought out! ^^ I'd hate to be a male of this species, haha!
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DreamBurst Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010
Thanks! I really tried to make the information as clear and concise as possible, and I'm glad that I used terms properly. xD

I'm hoping to have a decent turnout for this conest (more than like 2-3 heh). I'm actually REALLY excited for it.

Yeah! Males are kind of lame. >_>; They don't do much of anything except eat and sleep. And be sacrifices. xD
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Foxchibi Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
xDDDDD NUUUUUU!!!
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DreamBurst Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010
8D
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