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Morphs [Oak Catalog #]
- Mantyke [#458]
- Mantine [#226]
Physical DescriptionsMantyke are roughly oval shaped, with the middle of the oval being their body and the ends of it being their fins. They are a dark blue on top and a bright blue on the bottom, and they have two large antennae coming from their foreheads. They have black eye with white pupils, and a single gill slit on each side of their underside. In Mantine, the fins and body have each grown much longer, and the light blue coloration on the bottom is now more of a light gray. They have also grown a long, flowing tail, and now have two gill slits on each side as opposed to just one.
Notable BiologyThe coloration on Mantyke is actually a form of camouflage. Seen from above, the dark blue color blends in with the darker water below, and when seen from below, the light blue color blends in with the sun drenched water above. Mantyke/Mantine are one of the only non-bird pokemon to be classified as both water and air types. This is due to their ability to “fly” through the air after building up sufficient speed in the water. However, recent research has shown that Mantine do not truly fly; they are actually just extremely efficient gliders. In fact, some scientists have jokingly referred to it as “falling with style”. This is possible due to their flying wing body shape, and also their antennae, which allow them to accurately detect air currents and temperature variations just like it does with water currents and temperatures. [Trainers Tips: Mantine cannot fly indefinitely. If using your Mantine to fly large distances, be prepared to have to touch down in any bodies of water you come across for your Mantine to build up speed again.] Mantyke are one of the few pokemon that require an entirely different pokemon to evolve. As Mantyke grow, they keep extra nutrients stored away. Once they have enough nutrients stored, a Remoraid attaching to their fin will trigger the release of these nutrients, causing the Mantyke to evolve. Whether or not the Remoraid that caused the evolution to occur stays with the new Mantine depends on the region: see the habitat section below. It is not yet known why these two separate populations have developed. One theory is that Remoraid are less common in the areas with Mantines that don’t keep their Remoraid, forcing them to use a sort of “catch and release” method of evolution.
HabitatMantyke and Mantine can be found in temperate waters throughout the world. However, there seems to be 2 distinct types of Mantine divided by region; those that keep their Remoraid after evolving, and those that don’t. Mantine that keep their Remoraids can be found in the Kanto and Hoenn regions, while Mantine that don’t keep their Remoraid can be found in the Sinnoh region. The Johto region has populations of both types of Mantines.
DietMantyke and Mantine are filter feeders. They simply swim around with their mouths wide open, and any organic material that goes in is filtered from the water and ingested.
HazardsShould you own a Mantine that has kept its Remoraid, it is highly recommended that you not, for any reason, attempt to remove the Remoraid. While it is possible for a Mantine to survive without its Remoraid, forcibly removing it has been show to cause depression and lethargy in the Mantine. Mantine in the wild are very curious and friendly pokemon and will often go near human divers to examine them closer. Do not be alarmed if one approaches you; as long as nothing is done to aggravate it, it should merely remain nearby, observing. Some wild Mantine have even been observed letting people hold onto them while they swim.
CourtingWhen a female is receptive, she will become very active and energetic, swimming a lap around the pod of Mantine to signal the males that she is ready. She then swims off at great speeds near the surface, and the males must chase after. These chases have been observed to go on for as long as half an hour, with varying portions of it taking place in the air as well. This grueling high speed chase will continue until all but one male has given up; the male that she will mate with. About a year after mating, the female Mantine will give birth to a single fully developed Mantyke.
Social StructureMantyke and Mantine are communal creatures, forming pods of up to 30 individuals. During the day, they stay near the surface, taking turns feeding and playing. While the Mantine in the pod feed, the Mantyke frolic among the waves, and when it’s the Mantykes turn to feed, the Mantine play. At night, the entire pod goes to deeper waters and stays together for protection. Remoraid make up a large part of Mantyke/Mantine pods. Wherever there are Mantyke/Mantine, you are guaranteed to find Remoraid as well. The Remoraid, in addition to feeding off of any scraps left by the Mantyke/Mantine as they feed, also help keep the Mantyke/Mantine free of any parasitic organisms that may latch onto their skin. Should anything attempt to attack a pods Remoraid, the Mantine will defend them as if they were one of their own.
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