The Pokédex - Extended Fanon Edition:
Morphs[Oak Catalogue #]Tropius [#357]] ???
Notable BiologyTropius are large sauropods, usually standing 6-7 feet tall at maturity, with their long neck accounting for roughly half of this height. Their skin takes on a brown color, with a scaly texture. Like many Grass types, their genome is bifurcated into plantlike and animal sections, which each take dominance in different organs. The most notable plantlike sections of Tropius are the leaf wings growing out of their back, though even these are densely packed with motor proteins, nerve tissue, and active circulatory vessels. At the base of these wings, the vegetable tissue encircles their neck, forming a shieldlike covering for their torso. Also quickly noticed is the "cap" growing around a Tropius's head. In addition to shielding the Pokémon's eyes from the sunlight they love to bask in, the cap includes a pocket filled with a tangle of modified, sticky leaves. Seeds from chewed Berries may, if the Tropius likes the particular fruit, be transferred to and lodged in this pocket. The pocket provides the seeds with moisture and nutrients, and the nestlike leaves allow the resulting berry plant's roots to securely anchor themselves. The grown berries are visible as fruit adorning the Tropius's neck, and provide them with an energy reserve.
HabitatTropius mainly live in the tropical region of Hoenn, though a very few of them can be found in the warmer climates of Sinnoh. As Tropius are rather rare due to the very specific number of qualities an environment must have in order for them to thrive, they are considered a Threatened Species by the Hoenn Pokemon Protection Agency™ , similar to the Lapras species native to the Orange Archipelago and Sevii Islands are considered Endangered by the Johto-Orange-Kanto-Sevii Unified Pokemon Protection Agency™. Despite this, they are still available for capture and are able to survive any climate changes faced by the use of the HM Fly. Wild Tropius are often found where there is fertile soil, so they can be in areas where they can find fruit-bearing plants year-round. They can be seen either near inactive volcanoes or in bustling rainforests. They are very picky about heat, for as grass types if they are too hot they could easily burn themselves. Despite their typing, they are in need of heat, especially considering their cold-blooded nature. They are rarely found in an environment that is colder than 64 degrees Fahrenheit (16 degrees Celsius). Most Tropius decide not to take the risk of living in or near a volcano, and instead situate themselves in the tropics, where the humidity is high and rainfalls are plentiful. Their herbivorous diet consists for lots of plants, such as those that grow on Large Trees or the tall grass found in Hoenn’s Route 119. When found near the mountains, they always choose the warmest climate around said mountain, ranging from the south side of the mountain to the closest proximity towards the top of a volcano. Volcanoes are a favorite pick for Tropius in the mountains, since the soil is fertile and grows good plants, as well as providing heat and sunlight for photosynthesis. The Tropius of Sinnoh mainly stay close to the Great Marsh, noted by most natives as the warmest and muddiest place in the entire region. The regular intervals of rain available in the Great Marsh plus the unnaturally humid climate makes it a good candidate for Tropius to gather, though the current number of Tropius in the area is unknown and they are rare to find.
DietLike other Grass types, Tropius can obtain supplemental energy through photosynthesis via their Chlorophyll. However, as Flying types, their energy needs are far more demanding; as such, the core of their metabolic needs is met through their diet. In nature, Tropius are almost exclusively frugivorous- the high sugar content of berries, apples, and other fruit make for ideal concentrated energy sources. A wild Tropius spends much of its day foraging around a large territory (with the aid of its flight), seeking out freshly-ripened fruit to consume. Tropius do not possess teeth capable of thoroughly chewing their food; rather, mechanical breakdown of their food is performed by a gizzard. They will ingest new grit by taking mouthfuls of soil, to the eternal delight of any children watching. They can also extract supplemental minerals from the soil they ingest. With surplus resources, Tropius produce a fruit from their necks, which they can Harvest as an emergency food reserve. In their preferred habitats, Tropius find food sufficiently plentiful that they can afford to gift these fruits to humans and Pokémon as snacks. Wild Tropius seem to have a fondness for banana species, but Berries are more plentiful and cheaper for a Trainer to obtain. Try to provide a mixture of berry varieties, but feel free to indulge any particular preferences your Tropius may express. Due to their similarities to bananas, Nanab berries will likely prove popular. Also provide nuts frequently for protein. As long as your Tropius is allowed outside daily, it should be able to obtain grit for itself. To ensure optimal digestion, allow its own instincts to regulate its intake; there is no need to force any mud on it. Do NOT attempt to feed your Tropius meat; it will cause terrible indigestion at best. Many common Pokémon food mixes are similarly ill-suited to Tropius's frugivorous digestion; if a fruit-and-nut diet is infeasible, consult with your local Pokémon Center to find an acceptable feed mix.
HazardsTropius are normally gentle, however they can be quite territorial. If you see a Tropius glaring at you, chances are the area or object you are near has been claimed as its territory, and it is heavily advised that you get out of the area, especially if the area has lots of sunlight. If angered, a Tropius may chase after you, aiming to take you down. Most Tropius in this case will take in the sunlight to either make themselves faster, or stronger. In the case of the former, it is heavily advised to use a Pokemon that can change the weather to something other than a Sunny Day so that you have a chance of getting away. In the case of the latter, it is heavily advised that a trainer has some way of protecting themselves from their attacks, as the Tropius will tire out after a while.
Courting and Childrearing???
Social StructureConsidering that the Tropius spend their time eating fruit and eat always the same kind of fruit, they spend the majority of their time on their own. They maintain a foraging area from youth, which may be shared with other Tropius even when they won’t get to see each other too often. As they certainly allow other Pokémon species to feed from their fruit, Tropius have an understanding of long scale natural cycles, and they expect their natural fruit to grow at a certain time of the year (with a relatively high time of precision) depending on when they allow others to feed on their own fruit, which is different per each Tropius. During the mating/breeding time the males remain largely stationary, releasing pollen and maintaining other Pokémon species relatively close as a means to "ornament" their territory. As per the females, they fly around and evaluate potential mates without making contact, guiding themselves by anemotaxis and visual examination of close landmarks such as tall trees. This is because they need to make sure their fruit is still protected and available for a long time after mating. Given the shape of their leaves and their standard tropical habitat, Tropius mark and share territory in a north-south fashion in order to minimize the opportunity cost of absorbing sunlight while they go watching their territory.
edited 12th May '11 9:56:26 PM by CalamityJane
edited 1st Jan '11 3:21:42 PM by Scroolly
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