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heartlessmushroom Space hobo
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Oct 8th 2010 at 8:32:48 PM

Ok, fixed evrything. And since Oddish use their feet/ roots to extract nutients, why not Vileplume too?

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Oct 8th 2010 at 8:53:21 PM

so they suck out their preys innards through their feet? I guess that would make sense for bodily fluids, but there's still alota solid material in there besides skin and bones. Maybe injecting some Acid into the body to dissolve some stuff first...

Infact, it would seem easier if they just used acid to melt the whole thing, then absorb it up.

edited 8th Oct '10 8:55:42 PM by Blissey1

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heartlessmushroom Space hobo
Space hobo
Oct 8th 2010 at 8:55:35 PM

Ok, I think the acid thing sounds better. Thanks

Marioguy128 Geomancer from various galaxies
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Oct 8th 2010 at 9:02:14 PM

Nice entry. By the way, thanks for the advice for wearing a gas mask around wild Blooms.

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rmctagg09 The Wanderer from Brooklyn, NY Relationship Status: I won't say I'm in love
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Oct 8th 2010 at 9:38:02 PM

^ Yeah, a Gloom would probably smell just like a rafflesia flower. Not to mention the that that Gloom and Vileplume exude toxin pollen like it's going out of style.

edited 8th Oct '10 9:38:56 PM by rmctagg09

Hugging a Vanillite will give you frostbite.
Oct 8th 2010 at 10:17:35 PM

There's still a ton of spelling and grammatical errors in the Oddish entry.

Also, and maybe this is just stuffy old me talking, the shoehorned humor seemed really out of place and didn't add anything to your article at all. Maybe if it was just a tiny bit subtle....

Tangent128 from Virginia Relationship Status: Gonna take a lot to drag me away from you
Oct 9th 2010 at 12:45:04 AM

A lot of random Capitalization, there... Still, I am suddenly very much comforted to know that Vileplume are rare in the wild.

Also, I have filled in the rest of the Charmander rewrite; feedback would be appreciated.

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CaptainNapalm Totally Not a Schoolboy from a closet.
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Oct 9th 2010 at 10:12:35 AM

Looks pretty good, I think that we're ready for the chelonids...

As for my Aerodactyl article, it'll come eventually, it's just that RL has been sucking away my free time a little more often recently than I'd like...

EDIT: How'd Vileplume wind up becoming so overpowered? It has a BST of 480 points...

edited 9th Oct '10 10:14:24 AM by CaptainNapalm

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heartlessmushroom Space hobo
Space hobo
Oct 9th 2010 at 1:31:39 PM

I wanna give taxodermic names to my entries. Any site that can help me so?

Tangent128 from Virginia Relationship Status: Gonna take a lot to drag me away from you
Oct 9th 2010 at 1:50:43 PM

Mostly just look for suitable Latin roots that can be munged into a binomial name. Dictionary word origins can help.

I'm probably going to be a bit busier this month; does someone else want to open the Squirtle rewrite so it's not held up by my schedule?

edited 9th Oct '10 1:51:04 PM by Tangent128

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SilentReverence adopting kitteh from 3 tiles right 1 tile up
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Oct 9th 2010 at 1:59:08 PM

If you wanted to mean taxonomic names (because taxodermic is abit... different), then we have the great Crow T Robot as part of the project, he came up with some pretty good names. Other than that you'd have to have an understanding of latin.

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Oct 9th 2010 at 2:45:06 PM

It's here...

Aerodactyl Line

Morphs [Oak Catalog #]

  • Aerodactyl [142]

Physical Description

Aerodactyl are a line of large, vaguely draconic, winged bipeds that are believed to have gone extinct roughly 65 million years ago in the wake of a cataclysmic meteor impact. Records of fossilized and revived adult Aerodactyl specimens suggest that the creatures possess an average height of roughly 180 centimeters and weight of just under 60 kilograms, with the average female individual being larger than her male counterpart. Creatures from this line possess a scaled leathery, lavender hide, a head with two spikes towards the back, two eyes with white sclera and diminutive irises, and a large, blocky jaw structure housing a mouthful of serrated teeth. Aerodactyl also posses a tail terminating in a vaguely conical fleshy spike, two rounded spikes running along its spine, a pair of clawed purple membranous wings with three digits per claw, and legs terminating with two vaguely avian feet each possesing a pair of prominent digits and a spur. Members of this line have also possess a vaguely fur-like structure composed of pycnofibres that covers most of their bodies during their youth and progressively recedes with age until a state in adulthood ranging from covering only the shoulder and upper back to a complete absence of pycnofibres. Analysis of Aerodactyl's genome has revealed recessive genes for individuals with darker violet hides and blue wing membranes, though individuals with such coloration have yet to be reliably documented.

Notable Biology

Like many modern avian Pokémon, Aerodactyl possess a lightweight bone structure coupled with a respiratory system containing lungs and a series of precisely controlled air sacs that aid its flight. In some respects, these air sacs are even more advanced than those of contemporary creatures, as an Aerodactyl's respiratory system also supports subcutaneous air sacs in regions of its wing membranes, a feature that is effectively non-existent among more modern creatures.

Despite a fairly straightforward appearance, the wing structures of Aerodactyl are among the most complex observed of any Pokémon. Beyond the air sacs that penetrate into the regions of its wings near its shoulders, an Aerodactyl's outer wings also contain complex structure of tissues known as actinofibrils composed of three distinct layers forming a crisscross pattern when superimposed on top of each other. Aerodactyl's circulatory system in its wings is also remarkably complex, with a system of looping blood vessels with no presently known analogues in modern creatures.

Aerodactyl are apparently not far removed from modern draconic Pokémon, with Aerodactyl anatomy including a rudimentary structure akin to those of modern-day Dragon and Fire-Type Pokémon capable of storing a mixture of incendiary gases and liquids to be expelled and ignited by a small region near the back of the throat containing weakly electrogenic cells that with sufficient training, can be used to perform breath attacks. In addition, Aerodactyl have been demonstrated to be theoretically capable of mating with Pokémon such as Charizard and Salamence, with experiments involving artificial insemination of such creatures using Aerodactyl gametes yielding viable young.

Although it is considered to be one of the hardiest fossil Pokémon known to exist, Aerodactyl is by no means well-suited to life in a modern setting. Although mortality and susceptibility to disease is much lower among Aerodactyl than most other fossil Pokémon, even relatively harmless pathogens such as influenza can be potentially serious ailments. Aerodactyl also appear to be acclimated to life in a setting with a more oxygen-rich atmosphere, which can lead to individuals almost constantly struggling to breathe (though it appears that captive-bred Aerodactyl are less susceptible to these effects than revived Aerodactyl). Aerodactyl also fare poorly in colder climates, exhibiting sluggish and disoriented behavior not wholly unlike that of other ectothermic Pokémon.

Habitat

Fossilized Aerodactyl specimens are rare, and as of present have only been found in locations in Kanto and in Sinnoh. Due to observed behaviors of captive individuals and the fact that the sole known method of reviving these creatures stems from tissue samples preserved in amber, it is theorized that Aerodactyl's native domain was that of mountainous forested regions. Aerodactyl has no known modern range, barring roughly 500 revived and captive-bred individuals circulating among research groups and a much smaller number circulating among private trainers, though reports of sightings in isolated mountainous regions and cave systems have circulated in some cyptozoological circles.

Diet

As its physiology would suggest, Aerodactyl possess a primarily carnivorous diet, and is believed to have been an apex predator in its native era. Aerodactyl's preferred mode of killing appears to be to rip out the throats of its prey, a behavior that was first observed after a disastrous attempt to introduce an Aerodactyl population to Sinnoh's fossil Pokémon reserve. Despite this, fossil evidence exists for Aerodactyl consuming plant matter, which has been corroborated by observed consumption of berries among captive individuals. Despite being relatively hardy in comparison to its fellow fossil Pokémon, an Aerodactyl's dietary requirements make it ill-suited to life in the modern age. Most Aerodactyl, especially revived individuals, do not appear to be willing to feed on meat from all but a handful of creatures, primarily those of creatures that lived alongside it in prehistory. In addition, Aerodactyl's digestive system is poorly-adapted to most contemporary plant matter other than berries and a handful of other substances, which can cause individuals forced to consume such plant matter to become violently ill, with symptoms akin to that of gastroenteritis in more modern creatures. Due to the relative scarcity of compatible foods, some research programs have had to turn to synthetic feed in order to keep their Aerodactyl from dying from malnutrition.

Hazards

Aerodactyl has the misfortune of having an often naturally aggressive temperament, possessing immense strength, and being relatively easy to startle, a combination that leads even many veteran trainers to deem the creatures untrainable. Many of the hazards associated with Aerodactyl are known through a series of high-profile accidents and escapes involving captive creatures, which has led most research groups to shift their focus from studying revived individuals to more manageable and controllable captive-bred individuals. Aerodactyl are known to employ a range of biting attacks, which given these creatures' strength and near-instinctive targeting of weakly protected regions of creatures' bodies almost always results in serious, if not mortal, wounds unless attacked by a still immature individual. In addition, these creatures have been documented using a number of bone-crushing tackle attacks, which usually produces injuries serious enough to necessitate immediate hospitalization. Although effectively unheard of, attacks by battle-trained Aerodactyl have been known to include uses of incendiary breath techniques, which depending upon the technique utilized, can inflict second or third degree burns over large regions of the body. Clawing attacks are also known to be utilized by some captive Aerodactyl, which can lead to heavy blood loss if one is unlucky enough to be at the receiving end of one of said attacks.

In captivity, Aerodatcyl, especially revived Aerodactyl, have been known to be easily startled by loud noises and bright lights, and have been recorded lashing out at handlers or other nearby Pokémon in their panic. In addition, many Aerodactyl appear to have a poor grasp of restraint in battle, and often have to be forcibly removed from their opponents to prevent their opponents from being mortally wounded. These characteristics, coupled with the fallout from past incidents involving Aerodactyl in research settings, have led many leagues and tournaments to preemptively ban the creatures entirely, with only a handful of leagues, including the Indigo, Hoenn, Sinnoh, and Isshu Leagues allowing the use of these Pokémon, a deeply contentious matter among some competitive circles. Captive-bred Aerodactyl appear to be more suited to the controlled settings necessary to conduct competitive battles, and a small number of exhibition teams with Aerodactyl have since been allowed in some events on a trial basis.

A deeply distressing development for public safety officials has been the apparent emergence of a black market for fossil Pokémon catering towards trainers seeking to skirt the mountain of bureaucratic red tape necessary to privately own fossil Pokémon. With the recent discovery of an illicit cloning ring in Kanto, as well as incidents of attempted thefts of Aerodactyl from research labs, a small but unknown number of unregistered Aerodactyl are known to be in circulation amongst the general public. These developments have led public safety officials to begin monitoring the teams of entrants to competitive battling events, in an attempt to find and remove these creatures from the dangerous lack of oversight from potentially ignorant, negligent, or abusive hands.

Courting

Due to the hazards implicit to allowing creatures such as Aerodactyl the freedom to live in a semi-natural setting, courtship among Aerodactyl remains very poorly understood. In captivity, what courtship that has been observed appears to typically begin with the male, who upon wooing a female will mate before separating to leave her to care any eggs (typically 1-3) she may lay alone. Anomalous behaviors have been observed among some Aerodactyl, with some males preferring to remain with their mates well after her eggs have been laid and hatch, and will violently resist any attempts to separate each other, though it is not known to what extent these behaviors are natural, and to what extent they are influenced by these creatures' lifestyle in captivity.

Social Structure

Based off of a handful of experiments involving Aerodactyl socialization and Aerodactyl eggs being left to be cared for by their mothers, it appears that Aerodactyl prefer a solitary existence, and tend to avoid each other when not attempting courtship. An Aerodactyl's gender is heavily influenced by the temperature at which the eggs incubate, with gender ratios fluctuating significantly with minute temperature shifts. The average observed gender ratio among captive hatchlings appears to be 7 males for every 1 female, though it is unknown to what extent this ratio is influenced by conditions in captivity. Aerodactyl have been found to raise their young for roughly 24-30 months after, during that time, the average young Aerodactyl will be progressively weaned off of food provided by their mother in favor of food obtained by themselves. In cases of multiple young, it is not unheard of for Aerodactyl to shun offspring visibly weaker than their siblings, which often have to receive supplemental care by researchers, in what appears to be behavior similar to the interactions between runts and their mothers among other Pokémon species. By the end of these 24-30 months, the mother Aerodactyl will drive away any straggling offspring to tend to themselves, who average between 40-50% of the mother's size at this point. Most Aerodactyl have been observed to reach their adult size at 60 months, with sexual maturity following within 8-12 months afterward.

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edited 18th Oct '10 12:26:30 AM by CaptainNapalm

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Blissey1 insert title here from a random Pokčcenter Relationship Status: I know
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Oct 9th 2010 at 2:58:48 PM

only issues:

Although effectively unheard of, attacks by battle-trained Aerodactyl have been known to include attacks via incendiary breath attacks,

This sentence is really awkward. I think you used the word "attack" one too many times.

Anomalous behaviors have been noted to have been exhibited among some Aerodactyl

and this too, use either "noted" or "exhibited", using both just sounds redundant.

Other than that, nice article. I especially like the black market fossil trading bit.

edited 9th Oct '10 2:59:20 PM by Blissey1

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heartlessmushroom Space hobo
Space hobo
Oct 9th 2010 at 6:19:15 PM

Is Team Rocket involved in this cloning ring?

CaptainNapalm Totally Not a Schoolboy from a closet.
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Chronix Better than a cross.
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Oct 9th 2010 at 6:53:39 PM

I belive each egg group should be a genus.

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Tangent128 from Virginia Relationship Status: Gonna take a lot to drag me away from you
Oct 9th 2010 at 9:28:35 PM

Theoretically, would fossil Pokémon produced by hybrid breeding with a modern-day Pokémon prove more robust in the modern setting?

^ Double egg groups pose an issue there...

^^^ Well, Cinnabar Island hosted numerous genetics labs pre-eruption; some undoubtably came under Rocket influence, but the Rockets aren't the only powers in the underworld by any means...

...speaking of which, I should revise Cinnabar Island's entry sometime. Not now, though.

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Blissey1 insert title here from a random Pokčcenter Relationship Status: I know
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Oct 9th 2010 at 9:51:07 PM

resistance to diseases is genetic, so yes, crossbreeds would be more robust.

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heartlessmushroom Space hobo
Space hobo
Oct 9th 2010 at 10:06:47 PM

There must be lots of Pokémon rights activists in regions where fossil Pokémon are still used in tournaments.

But I suppose Pokémon tournaments are lucrative so, I dont see their victory happening any time soo,

ungulateman Moo. from Australia.
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Oct 11th 2010 at 6:43:14 AM

I threw in some stuff under the Squirtle page. Use it if you're looking for more detail.

I decided to steal the habitat and migration patterns of whales, because it seemed appropriate for large water-dwelling animals (although the Squirtle line possibly being cold-blooded makes this inaccurate).

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CaptainNapalm Totally Not a Schoolboy from a closet.
Totally Not a Schoolboy
Oct 11th 2010 at 7:51:13 AM

^ Aren't Squirtle and its ilk based off of freshwater turtles though? I thought that migration among turtles was a behavior exclusive to marine turtles...

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Oct 11th 2010 at 8:47:00 AM

Water pokemon in series seem perfectly capable of tolerating both fresh and saltwater, though.

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Tangent128 from Virginia Relationship Status: Gonna take a lot to drag me away from you
Oct 11th 2010 at 9:44:18 AM

Different Water types seem to certainly have preferences, though.

^^^ I'd personally return the bit about the line centering on estuary environments, but the other edits are a good step.

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CrowT.Robot Trainspotter from Ga-Metru
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Oct 12th 2010 at 7:29:45 AM

Exeggcute Line

Morphs [Oak Catalog #]

  • Exeggcute (Ovus unicephalis) [#102]
  • Exeggutor (Ovus arbrocephalis) [#103]

Notable Biology

The creature known as "Exeggcute" is not really a singular creature at all. Instead, the gestalt superconsciousness known as such is formed of up to six creatures, superficially resembling eggs but in fact closely related to the Sunkern and Bellsprout lines. It is not known why the creatures group together so. Before research into the line was conducted, aspiring botanists and Trainers alike would attempt to remove one from the collection and train it. The results were disasterous- both the lone pod and the remaining five quickly sickened and died.

Encephalograms of the interior of an Exeggcute reveal that the individual components of each "egg" are mostly brain. These brains are intristically linked to one another in a form of advanced telepathy. Furthermore, the consciousness can, by temporarily enveloping others into the consciousness, project simple thoughts, images, and emotions into their brains. This is primairy a defensive mechanism. If a member is picked up without consent, the Exeggute in question will most often implant negative feelings or thoughts into the attacker. If threatened, the six can defend themselves by either relasing a inhibiting burst of paralysis-inducing powder or by amplifying their psionic attacks, to the point where powerful Exeggcute can trigger sleep hormones in the target's brain and cause it to fall into a deep sleep.

But despite their prowess in combat, the majority of wild Exeggcute are simple, peaceful creatures. They spent most of the day soaking up sunlight and water, while at the same time communicating with each individual node in the consciousness. As each individual brain grows, they periodically shed their skins. This takes the form of the old skin cracking and flaking off, thus heighteningthe resemblance to an egg.

If, by chance, they are given or find a Leaf Stone, then the group will evolve and achieve reproductive readiness as an Exeggutor. In this stage, the six individual creatures merge into a single, tree-like body. The "claws" at the base of the trunk are, in fact, truncated roots, which draw up moisture from the soil. Despite having legs, Exeggutor rarely walk, instead preferring to stand in on spot. They will only walk if they feel the need to relocate to richer soil or to find a place with more sunlight. The six nodes, previously linked psionically, are now physically connected to one another by the means of six seperate cerebellum, each connected to one controlling brain, a fusion of each individual's conciousness. It is very difficult to sneak up on an Exeggutor, as they have 360 degree vision, the ability to psionically detect any nearby interlopers, and the physical and mental strength to deal with the intruder accordingly.

Habitat

Exeggcute and their relatives enjoy living in warm, wet, and sunny climates. Trainers and botanists have both noted that taking care of the creatures is more similar to taking care of a plant than an animal- they are mostly sedentary and simply require sunlight and water to stay happy. Occasionally, a captured Exeggcutor may decide to "relocate" without their Trainer's permission- expect broken fences and trampled foliage as the creature moves to a neighbour's lawn to take advantage of their soil.

Exeggcute are incredibly rare, and were recently declared a protected species. As such, large quantities of them were captured and moved to the Safari Zone, where the majority can now live free of the threat of poachers.

Diet

Both creatures photosynthesize. In fact, neither have any sort of digestive system, despite having a mouth.

Hazards

If threatened, Exeggcute and Exeggcutor prefer to flee or nonviolently deal with the aggressor. If cornered, they will attack. One such incident occured in the year 19XX, when an overeager poacher entered the Safari Zone attempted to find and shoot an Exeegcutor for his collection. Six weeks later, his body was found in a remote forest. Dissections revealed that he had been poisoned with a fast-acting neurotoxin that attacked the nervous centers, before his brain was directly exposed to a psychic attack emanated from the creature, essentially overloading and "short-circuiting" the subject's brain.

It should, however, be noted that this is an extreme case. As long as your Exxegcute or Exeggcutor recieves proper sunlight and sufficient soil, fertilizer, and water, they will make affectionate and loving companions. Several cases of Exeggcute abuse, however, have led to the unfortunate hospitalizations or deaths of abusive Trainers. Angry or abused Exeggcutors will often appear sickly or wilting; this is a result of the stress on their large neural centres affecting the health of their bodies.

If confronted with a wild Exeggcute or Exeggcutor, remain calm. Do not move towards the creature or make any sudden movements. Instead, adopt a submissive posture and move slowly away to a distance of one to five metres. At this time, you should release any Pokémon in case the Exeggcute attacks. The ideal Pokémon in this circumstance would be a Houndoom- Fire attacks can damage the creature's flammable body, while Dark-type attacks can momentarily overwhelm the sensitive brain and disorient the hive consciousness.

Courting and Childrearing

As an individual Exeggcutor walks, it disperses clouds of spores. Each spore that lands on the ground will germinate and grow into an Exeggcute. The majority will not survive, as an individual spore will need five others within a meter to form a sustainable consciousness. As they can only reproduce after finding a Leaf Stone, they are incredibly rare in the wild.

Social Structure

Both creatures spend the entirety of their lives alone. Large "groves" of Exeggcutor may conglomerate due to optimal conditions, but they have no instinctive grouping instincts.

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Marioguy128 Geomancer from various galaxies
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Oct 12th 2010 at 7:32:58 AM

Just outta curiosity, how are we gonna handle the Dream World?

edited 12th Oct '10 7:33:09 AM by Marioguy128

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