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The PokÚdex - Extended Fanon Edition:

Pokemon completely defy Linnaean genetics. Their metamorphosis from one stage to the next frequently break the bounds of phyla.

So do actual lifeforms, as soon as we started to dig animals up, Linnean taxonomy started to dies.

Also, nope, it is more simple that that. Perhaps the only change in phylum (which I get you are using as in Taxonomic Term Confusion) is Remoraid to Octillery; which can be handwaved by it being an Octopodal larva (and, there are FAR WEIRDER THING IN REAL LIFE).

 3102 lockonlockon, Mon, 7th Feb '11 2:26:16 PM from In a dream
Game Master

Smeargle

Morphs [Oak Catalog #]

  • Smeargle [235]

Physical Description

Smeargle is a bipedal canine pokemon. They have white fur with brown markings. Their heads are topped with a growth of fur resembling a beret. The fur on the ears, neck, ankles, wrists, and the area surrounding their eyes and eyelids are brown. Most interesting are the dexterous front paws of Smeargle, and their long tail ending in a paintbrush-like tuft.

Notable Biology

Smeargle are famous for the pigmented fluid that continuously drips from the tips of their tails. When applied to surfaces, this fluid acts like a universal paint, and can be applied to most solids. Smeargle use this paint to both mark their territory and decorate their homes. The color of a Smeargle's "paint" is determined from conception, and will stay the same color throughout their life. Externally speaking, Smeargle are unremarkable, they are neither strong, nor agile, nor durable, but they are very intelligent and creative.

Most remarkable indeed are Smeargles' extremely developed omni-sacs, which are found in several places throughout its body. When encountered by an attacking pokemon, Smeargle will closely observe the move the pokemon uses, and then sketch a pattern on any nearby surface. Once committed to memory, the Smeargle can then use the move whenever it chooses, replicated perfectly. This is how the omni-sacs are used, with these organs, Smeargle can replicate a stream of fire, a psionic attack, it can even perform feats that require wings, like extended flight. Even more bizarre, Smeargle from the Ruins of Alph area, have been reported to disappear into darkness, likely a result of an encounter with Sinnoh Champion Cynthia's Giratina.

Habitat

Due to their uniquely high capacity for adaptation, Smeargle are able to survive in most environments, assuming there is a sufficient supply of food and water. They have been observed to enjoy cave-like areas such as the Hoenn Region's Artisan Cave, as it provides them a large "canvas" for their markings. Smeargle habitats can be spotted easily by the paint markings left on their surroundings, these territorial markings appear to be unique to individual packs of Smeargle, and over 5, 000 have been seen.

Diet

Fitting of their canine appearance, Smeargle are carnivorous in practice, not out of a nutrtional preference for meat, but because of their creative nature. In the wild, Smeargle often ignore plant material and fruits as a source of food, instead using them as pigments for a temporary batch of paint. As such, it has been noted that newborn and freshly-caught Smeargle have a tendency to play with the berries their trainers feed them, instead of eating them.

Hazards

Smeargle are not hostile towards humans, but they will attack if provoked, or if they are protecting their pack or their offspring. In this situation, the number one hazard is the unpredictability of a Smeargle. Because of this, no attempt should be made to fight a Smeargle without a pokemon, one should simply run, Smeargle will not pursue you.

Courting and Childrearing

When a female is ready to mate, she wanders off to find a solitary place, and paints a specific set of markings on her surroundings. When a male finds this "nest" he attempts to court the female by painting a picture for her. If the female finds it suitable, she mates with the male. If not, she attacks the male, who leaves immediately, or else be killed.

After conception, the female returns to the pack, and performs her given duties. When the arrival of the litter approaches, she rests in a pre-made area in the pack's den until the litter is born. After her puppies are born, the female raises the young with the assistance of the pack, taking them with her while performing her duties to teach them their place in the pack structure.

Social Structure

Smeargle packs are female-dominated, with one Smeargle acting as pack leader, and the rest having defined functions in their society. Such positions include hunting, lookout, a child-rearing. Smeargle are generally very cooperative, performing duties as teams, including painting "murals" together. If a Smeargle attempts to turn on their pack, they will be either exiled or killed. If a Smeargle does not perform its given function satisfactorily, it will be moved to another position. When a Smeargle reaches adulthood, it will allow a member of its pack paint a paw-print on its back with its own paint.

edited 7th Feb '11 4:49:46 PM by lockonlockon

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 3103 lockonlockon, Mon, 7th Feb '11 2:27:22 PM from In a dream
Game Master
[up][up]Ehhhhhhhhhhhhhh, true. But still my protist observation stands.
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 3104 Calamity Jane, Mon, 7th Feb '11 2:27:38 PM from California Relationship Status: I'd need a PowerPoint presentation
Second in Command
Will draw Smeargle image for you.

edited 7th Feb '11 2:27:46 PM by CalamityJane

It's Mallow, not shallow.
[up][up] Protists are paraphyletic, they do not exist as a unity. They are stem-plants and stem-animals (and fungii fall in the latter group).

As well as their lack of tissues. All Pokemon but a minority means they have complex tissues. Even the Cnidarians.

 3106 lockonlockon, Mon, 7th Feb '11 2:34:41 PM from In a dream
Game Master
See, this is the area of biology where I get utterly confused.

I'll repeat my self, then could you repeat yourself in layman's term.

Pokemon are like protista in that they have traits belonging to many kingdoms. The big difference from protista is that they are complex organisms.

@Jane: Thank you! I was thinking of it being something like Smeargle painting a picture of a Smeargle.

edited 7th Feb '11 2:35:24 PM by lockonlockon

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 3107 Neo Crimson, Mon, 7th Feb '11 2:37:01 PM from behind your lines.
Your army sucks.
Wait I thought Smeargle was a primate, or at least a lemur.
Sorry, I can't hear you from my FLYING METAL BOX!
 3108 lockonlockon, Mon, 7th Feb '11 2:38:40 PM from In a dream
Game Master
Smeargle are supposed to be beagle like.

From bulbapedia:

Origin

Smeargle appears to be based on a beagle and a painter.

Name origin

Smeargle's name may be a combination of smear and beagle.

Doble may be a combination of dog and doodle or dabble ľ to splatter liquid, which could be a reference to paint being splattered. Doble also means double in Spanish, perhaps referencing Smeargle's ability to copy opponent's techniques.
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 3109 Neo Crimson, Mon, 7th Feb '11 2:40:53 PM from behind your lines.
Your army sucks.
Huh. Maybe they're dog monkeys like Mankey/Primape are pig monkeys?
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 3110 lockonlockon, Mon, 7th Feb '11 2:41:51 PM from In a dream
Game Master
I'm sticking with bipedal canine.
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But protists do not exist, the only thing an algae and a protozoan have in common is their lack of complexity, they are closer to plants and animals that to each other.

They are an artificial group. Just like Invertebrates (those have SOME logic behind them, as Annelids, Mollusks and Arthropods are closer to each other that to vertebrates; but, for example, Echinodermates are closer to Vertebrates that to any other invertebrate)

 3112 lockonlockon, Mon, 7th Feb '11 2:45:05 PM from In a dream
Game Master
Okay, that makes more sense.

But in that way, pokemon are also similarly unrelated.

We have animate plants and fungi, seemingly non-organic things, live piles of sludge, and bidoof.
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 3113 Calamity Jane, Mon, 7th Feb '11 2:46:09 PM from California Relationship Status: I'd need a PowerPoint presentation
Second in Command
Bidoof is killer at chess.
It's Mallow, not shallow.
 3114 lockonlockon, Mon, 7th Feb '11 2:47:35 PM from In a dream
Game Master
Wuh.

What brought that up?

In fact, who came up with that?
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 3115 Calamity Jane, Mon, 7th Feb '11 2:48:15 PM from California Relationship Status: I'd need a PowerPoint presentation
Second in Command
Bidoof? Or the chess thing?
It's Mallow, not shallow.
 3116 lockonlockon, Mon, 7th Feb '11 2:49:35 PM from In a dream
Game Master
The chess thing.
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 3117 Calamity Jane, Mon, 7th Feb '11 2:51:57 PM from California Relationship Status: I'd need a PowerPoint presentation
Second in Command
This.
It's Mallow, not shallow.
 3118 Neo Crimson, Mon, 7th Feb '11 2:56:57 PM from behind your lines.
Your army sucks.
What.
Sorry, I can't hear you from my FLYING METAL BOX!
 3119 Calamity Jane, Mon, 7th Feb '11 2:58:05 PM from California Relationship Status: I'd need a PowerPoint presentation
Second in Command
Some guy linked to the comic in the Fifth Gen News Thread.
It's Mallow, not shallow.
 3120 lockonlockon, Mon, 7th Feb '11 2:59:54 PM from In a dream
Game Master
This a fun bit of surrealist humor.
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 3121 Neo Crimson, Mon, 7th Feb '11 3:01:08 PM from behind your lines.
Your army sucks.
That reminds me of that really really mind-screwy Pokemon comic that was posted here a while back. You know the one with the Zen Pikachu.
Sorry, I can't hear you from my FLYING METAL BOX!
 3122 Calamity Jane, Mon, 7th Feb '11 3:18:47 PM from California Relationship Status: I'd need a PowerPoint presentation
Second in Command
No clue what you're going on about.
It's Mallow, not shallow.
 3123 Calamity Jane, Mon, 7th Feb '11 3:38:42 PM from California Relationship Status: I'd need a PowerPoint presentation
Second in Command
Oh, and Lockon, As an artist, I would just like to point out that most of us are loners and prefer to do our artwork alone. We're perfectly fine with people watching us to learn new skills, or even do sequential stuff, but usually if we kept someone around we'd keep them as a student or an equal, teaching them how to do stuff and urging them on in different ways. Though if a smeargle came and added something into my artwork that it thought looked better, I'd smack it to kingdom come.
It's Mallow, not shallow.
 3124 lockonlockon, Mon, 7th Feb '11 3:40:22 PM from In a dream
Game Master
Theeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeenn

I guess I will change that.
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 3125 Calamity Jane, Mon, 7th Feb '11 4:10:47 PM from California Relationship Status: I'd need a PowerPoint presentation
Second in Command
Yo.

edited 7th Feb '11 4:11:30 PM by CalamityJane

It's Mallow, not shallow.
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