the alien is a Fentarus - my original species. They are a race of sentient amphibians. Their distinctive features included colorful skin pattern and marking, which varied in pigment from individual to individual
I can see why everyone says you're ripping of the Salarians, and at first I did too, but then I looked at some of your other work and saw that this specific character just happens to look like them. You have a race that you've created, and this perticular guy has facial features similar to Salarians. I think you could reduce the flak you're getting by explaining it in that way in your description. i.e.; "the alien is a Fentarus - my original species. They are a race of sentient amphibians. Their distinctive features included colorful skin pattern and marking, which varied in pigment from individual to individual. I drew inspiration from the Salarian race from the Mass Effect series for this perticular person." Just a thought. GJ btw.
I love how a lot of people kept saying it's exactly like salarians when this is something different. When I first saw this I thought, I could totally see this as Salarians evolved 1000s of years from now. I absolutely love these guys and wished they were in the Mass Effect universe instead of the salarians.
I really love the design of this species. Even if it looks somewhat like a Salarian, the eyes are much smaller and the head shape is not as thin. And the nostrils situated high on the head is actually very common for aquatic/semi-aquatic designs. And since the Fentarus is an amphibian, then the high nostrils make a lot of sense. Congratulations on the great design!