oligochaetes  asked:

hi u have been posting Stars stuff for a few days and they've been my fav band since 2011 and i just wanted to say its cool to see u delve into them bc they're super good thanks.

i’ve listened to them for quite a long time!! i think The North had just come out when i’d started listening to them, recommended from a friend, i listened to that album over and over again for months… i just kinda rediscovered them again because the lyrics have been speaking to me again 

anonymous asked:

I love your post about Alola. Is nice to see someone who doesn't see all bad in the new generations (can't say I'm a fan of every new Pokémon they come up with myself). Do you feel like they could explore more on the variety of pokémons? (As in there are so many irl animals to base pokémons off of, and yet it feels like they're kinda just repeating the same animal every other generation)

Haha well welcome to this side of the fandom where new generations are adored and revered. The hype is  r e a l.  To be honest, I think a feeling of repetition is inevitable. Like at the end of the day, most pokemon are going to be based on vertebrates, and within that, mostly mammals (I counted one time, mammals and mammalian-like pokemon are by far the most dominant inspiration), and then when you think about it, there are only around 87 mammal families. An example of a taxonomic family would be, for example, the weasels mustelidae, the bears ursidae, pigs suidae, mice and rats muridae, the cats felidae, the dogs and foxes canidae, the deer cervidae - the list goes on, but you get the picture, they are small enough and distinct groupings, regardless if they contain many or few species within them. With that in mind, and when you think about how many pokemon there are in total, it’s no surprise if we get another cat pokémon, another horse pokémon. This can kind of translate into other animal groups on similar distinct taxonomic levels.  You can vary in the species they are based on, and I think that it is very rare for two to be based on the exact same animal species, but when you have 700+ pokémon, and are aiming to have mostly somewhat recognisable charismatic creatures (so not obscure and creepy stuff, like I dunno, marine oligochaete worms) there is going to be a lot of unavoidable overlap at the family level, hence why it may seem repetitive

“Sludge Worm” (Tubifex tubifex)

Also known as the sewage worm, the sludge worm is a species of tubificid oligochaete worm which inhabits the sediments of lakes, rivers, and occasionally sewers worldwide. T. tubifex will ingest sediments for nutrition, selectively digesting bacteria and absorbing molecules through their body walls. Sludge worms can survive in areas with very little oxygen by waving their hemoglobin-rich “tail ends” to exploit any available oxygen, they can also exchange oxygen and carbon dioxide through their skin like frogs. They are also known to survive in heavily polluted areas that most other species cannot endure. If that wasn’t enough they can also survive drought and food shortage by lowing their metabolic rate and forming a protective cyst. This encystment may also function in their dispersal. 


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