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The Natural Origins of Pokémon

By Kevin on Aug 21 2012 09:40 AM
Recently, our Community Manager, Chris, posted a topic in our forums called "The Natural Origins of Pokémon." The topic linked to an article written by Jonathan Wojcik, from bogleech.com. In Jonathan's article, he presents several different Pokémon, and how they relate biologically to real-life creatures of the world. Unbelievably, the Pokémon below are almost identical to the real-life creature that is being compared to it.

After reading the article, I became very intrigued and felt compelled to contact the author for permission to use the article on our site. Minutes later, literally, Jonathan gave me the green light. Whether you're a Pokémon fan or not, the following article will, at a minimum, teach you a great biology lesson. What makes it more gratifying though, is that it's related to Pokémon. I want to thank Chris for posting the topic and Jonathan for allowing us to share his excellent work. Here we go!

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Pokémon! The franchise that had Nintendo rolling in cash and introduced the world to several hundred evolving battle-monsters with superpowers. Once dismissed by many as a passing fad, the enduringly popular franchise was originally cooked up by once unknown artist Satoshi Tajiri, whose passion for monsters and insect collecting inspired his "pocket monsters" concept many years before he would get caught up in the gaming business. None could have predicted its explosive success, and the world as we know it has never been the same. At least, it's been the same except for several generations growing up knowing the "Team Rocket" motto, and that's good enough for me.

An interesting thing about the Japanese school system is how much value they put into biology. Whereas millions of Americans grow up each year shamefully unaware of what an Opabinia looks like, our eastern friends treat the far reaches of Earth's flora and fauna as a staple of children's homework. The (obviously intentional) result of this is that animals most westerners consider "obscure" are given the star treatment for countless Anime, Manga, and Videogames...


Mudkip Family - Mudskippers
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In brackish mud flats, mangroves and riverbanks throughout warmer corners of the globe lurks a remarkable family of fish who spend more time on the land than in the water. Able to slither over mud even faster than they can swim, Mudskippers easily beat both the climbing perch and walking catfish for the coveted title of most amphibious Pisces. Ranging wildly size but little in lifestyle, nearly all mudskippers are communal mud-burrowers who feed on insects, worms and small crustaceans. Some species are even climbers, with the rear pair of fins adapted as a "sucker" to grip small rocks or branches. Males sport larger, more colorful back fins that they flash during territorial disputes.

Many fans like to compare Mudkip to an Axolotl, a type of salamander that remains in its larval state, but note that Mudkip's original Japanese name is also derived from "mudskipper." Wooper is much more blatantly a larval salamander!


Nincada, Shedinja & Ninjask - Cicadas
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Sometimes mistaken for a "fly" or "bee" by fans, the Ninjask family can confuse even adult players with its strange system of evolution; once the ground-dwelling Nincada transforms into winged Ninjask, it may leave behind a second new pokemon called a "Shedinja." Part "bug-type" and part "ghost-type," the Shedinja is a strange, hovering exoskeleton with a frail body but unique defensive abilities.

In the real world, Cicadas are Hemiptera ("true bugs") which begin their lives deep underground as "nymphs," feeding on tree roots and rarely moving for up to 17 years in some species. When the time comes to mature and reproduce, the crablike creatures burrow up from the ground in droves, climb the trunk of their tree and molt into beautiful winged adults, leaving behind their old, hollow skin almost perfectly intact - except for the hole in its back. More commonly heard than seen, adult cicadas produce one of the loudest mating calls in nature, and can be heard chattering throughout the summer months in most parts of the world.


Trapinch, Vibrava and Flygon - Antlions
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Another tricky one for some, it's easy to assume that Flygon is a "dragonfly" Pokémon, given its appearance and "dragon" classification, but Trapinch and its evolutions owe their design to a seldom-seen predator known in the west as an Antlion or Doodlebug. The short-lived adult stage of this insect does indeed resemble a dragonfly, but the larval stage is what these creatures are famous for; a voracious little monster which digs a steep, conical pit-trap in sand or loose soil and buries itself at the bottom, waiting patiently for tiny insects to slip and tumble straight into its venomous jaws.


Huntail - Deep Sea Gulper Eel
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Also called Pelican eels, these eerie abyssal fish can be found at depths of 3,000 to 26,000 feet below the sea's surface, and can grow up to two feet long from head to tail. Aptly named, gulpers can unhinge their already massive jaws and expand their stomachs to accommodate prey seemingly many times their size. Like several other deep-sea fish, gulpers often attract prey with a bioluminescent "lure," in this case a small bulb on the tip of their tail. Hanging motionless in the water column, a gulper wiggles its own tail just inside its gaping maw.


Gorebyss - Long-nosed Chimaera
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Poor, misunderstood Gorebyss. Fans have debated whether this needle-nosed "eel" is a pipefish, a hagfish, a snipe eel or even a dolphin, of all things - wishful thinking by Delphinidae fans. Evolving from Clamperl (a mollusk!) with the "deep sea scale" item, there should be no mistaking this abyssal fish for a lousy porpoise - it's even sister to fellow deepwater creep Huntail (above) which evolves from Clamperl using the "deep sea tooth!"

The long-nosed chimaera doesn't actually feed through its snout like Gorebyss, but it does use the electroreceptors on its snout to locate its prey, usually hard-shelled creatures such as crustaceans and (ironically) clams. Related to sharks and rays, these cartilaginous fish were much more common and diverse millions of years in the past, now restricted mostly to deep, cold waters. Though unlikely to encounter humans, the spine on a chimaera's back fin is highly venomous.


Anorith and Armaldo - Anomalocaris
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At a whopping two to three feet long, Anomalocaris reigned supreme as the world's largest known predator millions of years before the evolution of most land animals or even animals with vertebrae. Now thought to be a lobopod (like the terrestrial, still-living peripatus or "velvet-worm"), this miniature monster terrorized the seas for almost 40 million years, preying upon small trilobites snatched up in its spiny "feelers." These feelers, interestingly, were the first piece of the animal ever discovered, and were thought to be the tails of some unknown shrimp-like animal. Later, the circular mouth would be discovered and misidentified as a "toothed jellyfish," while an imprint of the body was taken for some sort of plant or sea-pen. "Anomalous" indeed!


Lileep and Cradily - Crinoids or "Sea lilies"
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Lileep and Cradily are a rather strange pair; bearing the "grass" type implies that they are plants, whereas the Pokédex refers to them as "anemones", a kind of animal in the order Cnidaria. Their conceptual model, however, is an entirely different marine animal sometimes called a "sea lily."

Related to starfish and sea urchins, crinoids are echinoderms that feed primarily on plankton ensnared by their feathery tentacles. Usually rooted in place by a long, thin stalk, many crinoids are nonetheless quite mobile when the need arises, and some species have even been observed "walking" on two tentacles in a weirdly anthropomorphic fashion. While modern species stick to a feathery, flower-like anatomy, prehistoric crinoids came in wildly varied forms, some of them resembling chunky, armored lumps, crawling discs or spiny cones.


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Unlike many other caterpillars, bagworms construct a cocoon almost as soon as they hatch, protecting themselves throughout their larval stage with a thick casing made from twigs, leaves, or in at least one species, decaying corpses. In many species, only the males metamorphose into winged moths; mature females are typically limbless, faceless, worm-like reproductive machines who remain in their bags until they mate and die, leaving behind a batch of eggs. While the bags of most species have a tapering, pinecone-like shape, some build cases that resemble coiled snail shells, or flattened discs with multiple openings.

Pineco and Forretress were the first bagworm-themed Pokémon, appearing in the "second generation" games (Pokémon Gold Version & Pokémon Silver Version) and lacking a moth-like stage, perhaps implying a bagworm species that evolved away from metamorphosis entirely. Later, a new bagworm, Burmy, would be released with both worm-like female and winged male evolutions.


Shuckle - Scale Insects?
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It is somewhat possible that Shuckle is some sort of terrestrial barnacle, but also possible that this unique bug/rock Pokémon was inspired in part by these common but seldom-noticed plant parasites. Attached to their host by a thick shell of their own waxy secretions, adult scale insects have soft, flat bodies with useless vestigial legs. Like aphids, their bodily waste is a sweet, sugary "honeydew" that oozes from their casing (compare to Shuckle's "potion" filled shell) and is favored by certain species of ant who in turn protect the scales from predators. Young scales, fully
mobile, are called "crawlers."


Paras & Parasect - Cicadas & Parasitic Fungi
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Complain all you like about Athlete's foot, but it has always been insects who suffer the full brunt of fungal assault; Cordyceps is a genus of fungi exclusively parasitic in the bodies of insects, sometimes even capable of manipulating host behavior. Many species will compel their hosts to climb as high as possible and die where they stand, allowing the tiny mushrooms to sprout and scatter airborne spores. Here, we see the corpse of a tiny fly bearing the twin mushrooms that destroyed it.

Like Nincada, the insect half of Paras is modeled after a cicada in its immature "nymph" stage, but finds itself completely overtaken by fungus before it can acquire wings. Several species of Cordyceps are known to attack cicadas, and do indeed kill their hosts before they reach the adult stage.


Vileplume - Rafflesia Arnoldi
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The largest single flower in the world, the giant rafflesia can reach up to three feet across and is among the rarest tropical plants known to man. Without leaves, roots or even a stem, the disembodied blossom grows only as a parasite on the vines of another plant, Tetrastigma. They are sometimes called the "corpse flower," as they favor flies for pollination and mimic both the texture and smell of decaying flesh. Amazingly, every massive blossom produces only one tiny seed, which sticks to the fur of small mammals in the vague hope of finding another host.

Seldom referenced in American culture, Rafflesia are a relatively popular icon in Japan and have found their way into much more than just Pokémon, with many other video game appearances (including Animal Crossing: Wild World) and a handful of rubber-suit television monsters to their name.


Victreebel - Nepenthes
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Constantly overshadowed by the world's lone species of Venus Fly-Trap, there are actually many plants that prey upon small animals, and the various "pitcher" traps come in the greatest variety. They generally attract prey with their coloration and scent, though some species secrete an intoxicating nectar to seal the deal. Insects landing on their slippery lips soon find themselves drowning in the trap's water-filled innards, attacked by digestive enzymes even as they struggle. Oily, downward pointing hairs make climbing out an impossible task, and some species even have transparent windows to disguise the true exit.

As crafty as these plants are on their own, it's not unheard of for certain spiders to take up residence in a pitcher and stretch their web across the opening. Combined, they trap more prey than they ever would alone, and the spider instinctively drops nutritious leftovers into the pool below.


Raticate - The Nutria
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You might think that Raticate is just, well, a rat, but there are many different rodents who carry the "rat" moniker, and it's the Nutria or "coypu" that Raticate appears to be modeled after. Besides the overall physical resemblance, Nutria are "water rats" with webbed hind feet, a trait shared by Raticate according to its official data. Raised in captivity for cheap meat and cheaper fur, escaped Nutria have become an ecological pest throughout the world, where the beaver-sized rodents devour local plant and animal life alike. Strangely, the female's teats are situated high up her sides, allowing her young to nurse even while she swims.


Relicanth - Coelacanth
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Off the coast of Africa in 1938, zoological history was made with the discovery of a living species previously thought extinct for over 360 million years. Over a hundred species of coelecanth are known from fossil remains, but only two are known to survive today, and remain a rare and celebrated sighting. These nine-finned fish are the only living animal with an intracranial joint - a division allowing the front of their head to bend upwards as they feed - and give birth to live young. They feed on any smaller creature they can get a hold of, and reach up to six feet in length.


Sceptile Family - Leaf-tailed Geckos
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Many eager young fans like to pretend that these Pokémon are "Raptors," but the truth is far more interesting than a theropod that barely exists; the proper term, you see, is Deinonychusaur, and the popular "Jurassic park" version is inaccurate anyway.

Leaf-tailed geckos, like all other geckos, are large-eyed nocturnal insectivores able to climb any surface in any direction with equal ease, thanks to branching filaments on their toes able to grip surfaces on a molecular level. Unlike other geckos, leaf-tail varieties are equipped with expandable frills and membranes allowing them to leap and glide short distances, not unlike the famous "flying squirrel."


Psyduck & Golduck - PLATYPUSES!
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Alright, look: I know you've all comfortably thought of these two Pokémon as "ducks" since the dawn of the 21st century, but you're just going to have to wake up and accept the fact that having "duck" in their names doesn't mean a damn thing. During the video game's earliest prototype phases, "flying" type was known as "bird" type, and assigned to every bird-based Pokémon whether or not they could actually fly (see: Doduo and Dodrio). Psyduck and Golduck, however, did not receive the "bird" or "flying" type because they are not birds. With four webbed limbs, a full covering of fur, mammalian tails and a habit of swimming beneath the water, these guys always have been and always will be duck-billed platypses and there's not a damn thing you can do about it. You might try to say that they're just stylized, duck-like monsters, but that would still make them stylized, duck-like monsters identical to platypuses. You must see the futility in arguing with me.

Platypuses are egg-laying mammals or "monotremes," an ancient group survived only by these animals and the echidnas or "spiny anteaters." Their duck-like bills are sensitive to the electrical fields of their prey, and males are armed with a highly venomous spur on each hind foot.

Yes, I'm also aware that Golduck is intentionally similar to the (typically more reptilian) Kappa of Japanese folklore, but this is an article about the natural world, not the supernatural, and Golduck clearly has a primary animal basis.


Kricketune - The Violin Beetle
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Though referred to as a "cricket" Pokémon, the musical Kricketune is actually based on a type of carnivorous Carabid beetle, Mormolyce phylloides. Commonly called a violin beetle, fiddle beetle or Malayan leaf beetle. These beetles have been the basis for several other Japanese monsters, and the swept or sickle-shaped antenna are seen as a major distinguishing characteristic.

Unlike crickets or Kricketune, the violin beetle cannot produce sound. Its flattened body is highly effective for a life amidst tree bark, leaf litter or loose soil, and its elongated head can draw smaller insect prey out of tunnels and crevasses. When threatened, this beetle ejects butyric acid from glands within its abdomen, capable of paralyzing human fingers for over a day.


Phione & Manaphy - Clione or "Sea Butterflies"
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The legendary water type Manaphy of Pokémon Diamond Version and Pokémon Pearl Version, can be bred to produce the less-legendary Fione, populating the pokeseas with its malformed offspring. Cute, but not quite as cute as the real-world Clione. These tiny, shell-less sea snails, with their darling little "wings," are yet another oddball animal idolized by the Japanese, who call it "Naked Turtle Shell" or "Angel of the Ice." They are, as you may have guessed, cold-water animals, and follow broken ice floes out to sea as spring approaches. They mate side by side, each embracing the other with one wing while swimming in unison.

Unlike their pocket monster counterparts, these precious sea-pixies are actually rather brutal predators, and feed almost exclusively on another, shell-bearing species of swimming snail. With a ring of expandable tentacles concealed within its saclike head, the Clione ensnares its preferred quarry and utilizes "hook sacs" to tear the entire catch out of its shell, which the little sea-angel tosses aside as it engulfs the prey alive and bores into it with a tooth-lined tongue.


Karrablast & Escavalier - Carabids
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Karrablast is the only Pokémon to evolve when traded to another player for a different pocket monster, the snail-like Shelmet. This prompts Karrablast to transform into Escavalier, a knight-like bug/steel creature, while Shelmet loses its shell and becomes the ninja-like slug, Accelgor. This peculiar setup was almost certainly inspired by certain species of carabid or "ground beetle," such as this Scaphinotus species, which uses its specially shaped body to reach into snail shells and devour their owners.


Leavanny - Phylliidae
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Phyllids are members of the Phasmidae, most of which imitate plant stalks or twigs and are popularly known as "walkingsticks." These tropical phasmids bear a somewhat more elaborate disguise, with almost every part of their body resembling a leaf including "wilted" or "damaged" looking areas for added authenticity. Even their eggs are camouflaged as seeds, though unlike Leavanny - which evolves from a caterpillar-like creature - young Phyllids are "nymphs" resembling tiny, wingless adults.


Tynamo Family - Lampreys
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One of my personal favorite animals, lampreys along with slime hags are the only surviving members of the ancient agnathans, or "jawless fish." While many lampreys are harmless filter feeders, the most famous are voracious blood-sucking parasites, using their sucker-like lips and dozens of wicked teeth to gnaw holes in other fish, only attacking warm-blooded creatures when desperate. Sea lampreys have become serious pests in the great lakes, where they impact
indigenous fish populations.

Jawless "fish" are entirely distinct from the other animals we like to call "fish," not only lacking jaws but possessing only rudimentary cartilaginous skeletons and circular pores for gills. Lampreys are not to be confused with eels, a distinct group of true bony fish.


Stunfisk - Flatfish
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Pleuronectiformes or "flatfish" include the flounders, soles, halibut and turbot. All are carnivorous, mostly marine animals notable for their incredibly unique, asymmetrical adult anatomy. Newly hatched young resemble conventional fish fry, but as a flatfish matures, one of its eyes will slowly creep around its skull until both are on the same side of its head. This gives the flatfish a clear view of its surroundings as it lies on its side, flat against the surrounding sand or mud as it hunts for small prey. Many species are able to change their skin color to almost any pattern they desire, blending in against the terrain. They can be found from shallow beaches to the deepest depths of any known fish.

As an electric-type monster, Stunfisk has also been likened to a torpedo ray or fellow bottom-dwelling shocker, the stargazer.


Snivy Family - Vine Snakes
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While all snakes are essentially camouflaged as vines by default, several genera more deliberately imitate plant life and are all known as "vine snakes," including the Ahaetulla, Chironius and Oxybelis, shown here. Of these, members of Ahaetulla and Oxybelis are mildly venomous, while Chironius simply bite and constrict prey.


Alomomola - Mola Mola
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The Mola, ocean sunfish or "headfish" is the heaviest bony fish known to man, often exceeding a ton as an adult. With few natural predators, these unearthly looking puffer fish relatives are slow moving and quite gentle, subsisting primarily on a diet of jellyfish. Females are known to produce more eggs than almost any other vertebrate, which hatch into spiny larvae barely larger than the head of a pin. Though their growth rate in the wild is unknown, a young Mola at the Monterey Bay Aquarium increased in size over fourteen times in only a year.

Oddly enough, Alomomola somewhat resembles an older, smaller Pokémon, Luvdisc, but does not evolve from it. This may parallel Ranzania laevis, an unusually small Mola species only around three feet in length.


Woobat and Swoobat - Honduran White Bats
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Ectophylla alba, also known as the "Honduran White Bat" or "D'AAAWWW!!! LOOK AT THOSE! OH MY GOD!" is an extremely tiny tropical bat found in Honduras,Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama. Forming small colonies with a single male and harem of females, the bats bite the undersides of Heliconia leaves to fold them down into tents, and are known to feed at least partially on fruit. Their pure white fur is actually a rather ingenious camouflaging adaptation; as light passes through their leafy home, it casts the colorless fur in green, an easy compensation for evolving actual green-tinted fur, which no mammal has achieved. As a reader pointed out, this is even reflected by the ultra-rare "shiny" versions of these Pokémon:

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I researched Woobat before Pokemon Black and White were first released and I did find, thanks to Google that they were inspired from the Honduran White Bats. Instantly it became my favorite Pokemon of the Unova region.

This is one of the best things about Pokemon. In some cases you can instantly see where they took their animal / reptile inspiration from and other times you have to dig deeper.

The fact that I now know that Alomomola was inspired from a Mola Mola I do not hate the Pokemon anymore. Yes, as strange as it is to hear from me, a  PokeManiac. I hated this Pokemon because it looks ridiculous and was not an evolution of Luvdisc. All that has changed and I think I will create a Pokemon party dedicated to it.

So I say, hooray Pokemon for being so darn inventive!
I thought alomomola was funny too but i figured it was from a sun fish or mola mola lol i freaking love that platapuss picture i was to squeeze it till its eyes pop out and pet its fur till its bald..
But OMG electross it real! I thought it was just an eel but omg that thing looks wicked!
It makes me wonder what the deep sea divers thought when they found these things.. Like if i saw one of those things id probably be scared for life.. i mean look at those teeth! talk about a meat grinder!

View PostSkitty843, on 22 August 2012 - 08:48 AM, said:

But OMG electross it real! I thought it was just an eel but omg that thing looks wicked!It makes me wonder what the deep sea divers thought when they found these things.. Like if i saw one of those things id probably be scared for life.. i mean look at those teeth! talk about a meat grinder!

Are you talking about the Deep-Sea Gulper?

View PostKevin, on 22 August 2012 - 08:58 AM, said:

Are you talking about the Deep-Sea Gulper?

No the lamprey.. I want one..

:geno:

View PostSkitty843, on 23 August 2012 - 08:39 AM, said:

No the lamprey.. I want one..

Oh! Geez, how'd I overlook Eelektross?! Yeah that one is creepy. I wouldn't want one though. The creepiest one for me is the Deep-sea Gulper. Anything that swims between 3,000 and 26,000 feet of water and uses a bioluminescent "lure" on the tip of their tail to lure their dinner is...a bit too mind-blowing for me.

Also, that reminds me of a fish from the Animal Crossing series. Does anyone remember this guy?

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View PostKevin, on 23 August 2012 - 01:35 PM, said:

Oh! Geez, how'd I overlook Eelektross?! Yeah that one is creepy. I wouldn't want one though. The creepiest one for me is the Deep-sea Gulper. Anything that swims between 3,000 and 26,000 feet of water and uses a bioluminescent "lure" on the tip of their tail to lure their dinner is...a bit too mind-blowing for me.

Also, that reminds me of a fish from the Animal Crossing series. Does anyone remember this guy?

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Yea the angler fish!! But alot of sea critters that live so deep down use lights for all kinds of stuff like mating and eating purposes lol!
I actually find that thing kinda wicked luckily it doesnt chill in the shallows with us!

View PostSkitty843, on 24 August 2012 - 08:42 AM, said:

Yea the angler fish!! But alot of sea critters that live so deep down use lights for all kinds of stuff like mating and eating purposes lol! I actually find that thing kinda wicked luckily it doesnt chill in the shallows with us!

I think it was a Football Fish. Nonetheless, it's a pretty interesting creation.

View PostKevin, on 24 August 2012 - 11:19 AM, said:

I think it was a Football Fish. Nonetheless, it's a pretty interesting creation.

Yea its pretty neat.. omg i love baby elephants lol
Random: chang noi means small elephant in thai

View PostSkitty843, on 25 August 2012 - 10:25 AM, said:

Yea its pretty neat.. omg i love baby elephants lol
Random: chang noi means small elephant in thai

Someone posted that on Google + and I almost died of laughter.
Awesome article. Im just wondering though... what happens 3 or 4 years from now when they start running out of animals :/ ?

Just saying! Lol im not trying to scare anyone.
I have onlie see the picters and this is realy cool to see real animals that are actually pokemon.
now ther is somting that i neet to do cath them all !!!

PyroWarrior8, on 26 August 2012 - 11:48 PM, said:

Awesome article. Im just wondering though... what happens 3 or 4 years from now when they start running out of animals :/ ?

Just saying! Lol im not trying to scare anyone.
now more pokemons that is like no air form me.
tan tan daaaan !!!!
I really doubt they will run out of animals lol... so many species.. plus they are also using items too aka icecream and trash bags..

View PostSkitty843, on 31 August 2012 - 08:21 AM, said:

I really doubt they will run out of animals lol... so many species.. plus they are also using items too aka icecream and trash bags..

That is very true. I love that they use items as well as animals. It adds to the variety. I am trying to think off hand pokemon that are from items or things (excluding rocks):
  • grimer
  • muk
  • voltorb
  • electrode
  • magnamite
  • mangeton
  • magnezone
  • chingling
  • chimecho
  • bronzor
  • brozong
  • trubbish
  • garbordor
  • kling
  • klang
  • klingklang
  • vanillish
  • vanillite
  • vanilluxe
Well that is what I can think of off hand. Lol.

View Postaquizero, on 31 August 2012 - 08:43 AM, said:

That is very true. I love that they use items as well as animals. It adds to the variety. I am trying to think off hand pokemon that are from items or things (excluding rocks):
  • grimer
  • muk
  • voltorb
  • electrode
  • magnamite
  • mangeton
  • magnezone
  • chingling
  • chimecho
  • bronzor
  • brozong
  • trubbish
  • garbordor
  • kling
  • klang
  • klingklang
  • vanillish
  • vanillite
  • vanilluxe
Well that is what I can think of off hand. Lol.

Bisharp and pawnyard :hug:
that was really cool and insightfull loved the leavany and woobat ones

View Postcsera, on 15 February 2013 - 04:04 PM, said:

that was really cool and insightfull loved the leavany and woobat ones

I hadn't noticed this thread until you bumped it up, so thanks for that!

This thread is informative and interesting; I love pokemon so much! :D
thank you for bringing this to everyone's attention! i studied for forestry as a kid and as soon as i started with pokemon i was hoked partly due to the attempt to show a variety of animals in the world! ok abate a stylized animal but still, the people who began and continue the pokemon franchise have defiantly puled from nature for inspiration and i hope they continue to do so for a very long time.
your research is very well done again thank you!
What is it with deep sea monsters?
also coffarigus
Yeah, I agree some pokemon to me do look like they could be real creatures, if you know what i mean.