The longer the tail the more virile the male. The long dramatic tail of the male Emerald Prawn is a physiological marker to females of a males prowess, health and virility. Months prior to mating season, males will begin to seek out large expanses of feeding territory, to engorged, store fats and grow segments of their tails. The more dominant the male the larger the feeding territory, the larger the tail and chances of mating.
His long tail will be offered as a gift to his mate once copulation is complete. Females are entombed within tree hollows, where she will lay and rear her young. They will exclusively feed upon the tail offering.
The male will act as guard, protecting the tree from predators. Once matured, His large jaws will break the sealed tree hole, releasing his captive family. They will separate from that point.
Picking a suitable male is a serious matter. Juvenile males have been known to abandon their mates, resulting in the death of his mate and young.
Sketching a monster movie that was never seen before!
And this is one of the many production illustrations for some of the special effects sequences in John Carpenter’s THE THING (1982), the Norris-Spider head, drawn by Rob Bottin’s special makeup effects team, including concept artists: Michael G. Ploog, Gary Meyer and Mentor C. Huebner.