rodent pokemon

I want to thank you all so so so SO much again for getting me to 300 followers! It means the world to me! As thanks, I’m going to be doing a contest for you all!

There will be two parts to this contest:

The first part is a group picture that I’ve been planning for a while. I want to do a whole group picture with all of the electric rodents in Pokemon!

If you are a Pikachu, Raichu, Pichu, Plusle, Minun, Pachirisu, Emolga, Dedenne, or Togedemaru blog, reblog this post and comment “zap-zap!” so I can easily find out and add you to the picture! Depending on the amount of blogs that participate in this part will determine how long it’ll take me to do this part.

The second part is the actual contest itself! There will be 3 prizes for this one

1st Place will get a fully shaded picture of their Pokemon OC!

2nd Place will get a line less picture of their Pokemon OC!

3rd Place will get a flat color picture of their Pokemon OC!

You can enter twice, one by liking and once by reblogging and new followers are definitely welcome! But I will check if you follow me, so if your blog is a side blog, please tell me!

Anyways, that’s it! Thank you all again for 300 followers! It means a lot to me!

anonymous asked:

ls your opinion about all the electric rodents? both in-world (like did they have a common ancestor, any reason rodents would particularly benefit from electricity?) and irl (are they all just attenpts to band wagon pikachus success?)

WHO BOY I’m glad you asked son! We literally had a tutorial on this kind of topic the other day in my evolutionary biology class (I study Zoology at uni btw). To rephrase your first question, did the electric rodents share a common electric ancestor, or is it simply a convergent trait, i.e electricity has evolved independantly multiple times within the rodent pokemon?

Let me lead you first to a mammalian pokemon evolutionary tree I made a while back, based on irl mammal phylogenies (and my headcanons for what the various pokemon included are based on)

now, first thing I personally notice is that electric typing is actually quite rare amongst the mammal pokemon. Outside of the Rodent Order, it only occurs in seven pokemon lines, and as a trait is well scattered amongst taxa. Lets have a closer look at the order, Rodentia.

A whopping five out of the ten pokemon lines in this order have electricity, thats 50% of one order, and 41.6% of all mammalian pokemon! Electricity’s rarity may suggest that this is a costly, and difficult trait to evolve.

 The probability that electricity evolved independently so many times in just a small order is very low, so therefore it is likely that all rodent pokemon shared a common ancestor with electric typing (or perhaps, even the common ancestor of the squirrel pokemon, and the beaver and mice pokemon, which excludes the non electric chinchilla pokemon). The rest of the rodent pokemon without electric typing, such as rattata, would have lost their electricity, as it is far easier to lose a trait than to gain one. (also, note that the Raticate, Bibarel, Cinccino, and Watchog lines can all learn multiple electric TMs, such as Thunderbolt)

HOWEVER, this may not have to be the case. These kind of topics in biology and palaeontology are always hotly debated, and without genetic studies and a good fossil record it becomes really difficult. For example, for ages, most people thought that snakes and lizards evolved venom independantly - the venom composition and animal morphology is relatively different, and there are very few venomous lizards in comparison to the sneks, and also based on palaeontological evo trees, and genetic evidence too. However, recently, with more advanced molecular analysis, it has been found that in fact snakes, and venomous lizards DO share a common venomous ancestor, and now form their own group called the Toxicofera.

So back to our story. When you look at electric types as a whole. Out of the 24 electric pokemon lines, 12 are mammalian, meaning that 50% of all electric pokemon lines are mammals, with the other 50% divided amongst other taxa, such as birds, fish, reptiles, arthropods, and even more artificial objects (magnemite, voltorb, rotom etc.)

It seems that electricity as a trait is really concentrated in the mammals! Could this simply be a product of bias from the rodent order? (Or are mammals simply that numerous in Pokemon anyway?)Or did the ancestor of all mammalian pokemon have some sort of electric typing?  Perhaps mammalian hair promotes the independant evolution of electricity as a trait as it can form static electricity?  (it’s interesting that most normal pokemon are mammals, and most normal types can learn electric tms). Whether all mammals shared an electric ancestor, or they evolved it independently, and likewise for the rodents,  I believe that electricity could be a costly trait to have, and it is prevalent in rodents due to their naturally small body sizes and fast metabolisms.

Without genetics, molecular studies, and palaeontology however, we can never tell. Also like, this completely leaves out other typings as a factor. But like, this is Pokémon, so obviously none of it is real either! In regards to your second question, yeah lol, the electric rodents are definitely a marketing ploy, super band wagon style :P

Originally posted by ommanyte

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Finished the first four repeat pattern designs! Feel free to use these as tile backgrounds for now. Soon I hope to get these printed on fabric for some fun Poké-crafts!