Creature Concept: Mycolian

Last week we shared a creature concept that combined both fungal and animal attributes in the same creature – the Fungal Hound by K.L. Turner. Here’s another creature that is both animal and fungus. It’s called Mycolian, and it’s the work of Canadian artist Robert Powell (rpowell77.deviantart.com/).

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The artist┬áhasn’t provided as detailed a description for his creature as that which accompanied the fungal hound, so the biological details of Mycolian are open to interpretation. Here’s how he described the alien creature in his DeviantART gallery:

Artist’s description:

It is hard to determine whether the Mycolian is actually a fungus or animal, as it displays characteristics typical of both kingdoms. 90% of this creature’s body has become composed of fungus, including it’s nervous system. It relies on using a sporous sac located on it’s head to deliver a cloud of poisonous spores as a means of either attack or defense.

Can you think of a more detailed biological description for this creature? How would an animal such as this evolve?


Artwork by Robert Powell.

  • John H Reiher Jr

    Not sure how suitable fungus would be for a nervous system, as that’s a fairly specialized organ.

    • Eric

      well in the zombie ant, the fungus takes over the nervous system which means that it is integrating itself into it, so it could be plausible.

  • RoboKing77

    The Animal Might Evolve separately from the fungus taking back 36.3% of the body becoming smarter with a more advanced brain

  • Lark Witherington

    I think that it would come from a advanced fungus, which has the ability to move using a specialized stem split into four parts, which can move in a walking-like form. It also had light sensitive spots, which evolved into eyes. Slowly it became more like a animal, while being a fungus, too. Reply if Reasonable!

  • Eric

    An organism like this could’ve evolved from a parasitic fungus, like the zombie ant, that takes over the brain. Over time though, the animal the fungus infected slowly grew more immune to the fungus, until it eventually evolved into a symbiotic relationship, where the animal passed on the fungus and genes, and the fungus controlled the animal.