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-Meganium- by arvalis -Meganium- by arvalis

Meganium is one of the largest fungivores in the Pokemon kingdom.  The species has adapted a very long neck, which is quite flexible for its length, to be able to reach fungi growing on tree branches.  Meganium will use their very sturdy beaks to gnaw through even the toughest bark to get to the fungal delight beneath.  Meganium will almost always have what appear to be antennae, though in actuality it is a unique type of fungi growing from its nostrils.  It is not known what relation ship the fungus has to Meganium, or how it specifically benefits either the fungus or the Meganium.  Trainers are encouraged to expose their young Meganiums to the fungus as it may have unknown positive effects.  A full grown Meganium male will have intensely pink colored frill of their shell.  The more vibrant the pink and yellow of the frill, the more attractive the male is perceived.  A female Meganium will exhibit a much duller pink, bordering on brown, shell frill.   

A newborn to around sixteen year old Meganium is known as a Chikorita.  Unlike an elder Meganium, a Chikorita develops a very tall, scaly crest.  It is assumed that the crest is meant to mimic a leaf, perhaps resulting in camouflage for the little guy.  Some theorize that the crest signifies youth to other members of the species, as the crest completely disappears by the time it gets to be around thirty years old.  We see here that a Chikorita has engaged in combat to the death with that mushroom from the back of Paras.

Bayleef is a Pokemon.  It is the adolescent stage of Meganium.  It is a medium sized Pokemon.  These are facts about Bayleef.

The population of Meganiums in the wild has dwindled significantly in the past few decades thanks to the introduction of Paras to their habitats.  Paras are the only other fungivore competitor to Meganium.  A common fungi in the mycobiota of Johto, one quite harmless to Meganium, is actually a cordyceps fungus known as Tochukaso.  Tochukaso targets Paras, and will take hold of a Paras' body, essentially turning it into a mindless drone.  A Paras inflicted with this condition is known as a Parasect once the Tochukaso mushroom grows to full size.  These cordyceps mushrooms help control the burgeoning Paras population by keeping them from reproducing or eating other fungi, however Paras multiply very rapidly and are still a threat to the ecosystem.

Foongus, as seen on the back of this Paras, is a very small Pokemon.  Foongus has brought up very interesting scientific debate, scientists are not certain Foongus is a plantiform or just a fungus.  They do move, however at a rate of about fifteen feet per year.  Though the most interesting thing about them is their camouflage though.  Foongus have only become a point of interest recently, when their pokeball-like camouflage developed.  In the past two decades, Pokemon training has seen a huge surge in popularity of youths the world over, as has the littering of broken pokeballs across the country side.  Pokemon have become very cautious around the appearance of a pokeball, as they do not want to be caught.  It appears that Foongus has adapted this color pattern to take advantage of the natural wariness of other Pokemon species.  As such, the numbers of Foongus have skyrocketed with few Pokemon eating them.  There is another species of Pokemon that uses a similar camouflage in the Kanto area, scientists are still uncertain which species developed the trait first.

Celebi are known as "the guardian of the forest" in myths surrounding them.  Some claim that Celebi are time travelers, however this claim is completely unsubstantiated.  A more plausible explanation is that Celebi are so rare, they acquired a "legendary" reputation, stirring up all sorts of myths and rumors about it.  When examined closely, one will see that Celebi is baller as frick.


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aoicoppelion Featured By Owner 5 days ago
Seriously guys, I've been reading some comments of how Meganium "isn't a turtle" or how some of you dislike the fact that Meganium is represented as a reptile we know of today.

Seriously, have you ever seen Arvalis' other arts? Look at Giratina, Giratina isn't a bug, but Arvalis executed his/her idea and carved it into a piece of art perfectly. He/she makes Meganium in his/her way, and in this case, resembling a turtle, which is a perfectly fine thing. I know the turtle thing is shocking, but don't lie, Meganium as a turtle is a REALLY creative idea and it surpasses other's notion on how would Meganium would look like if it was to be represented realistically. It's not like Arvalis purposely made Meganium to look like a turtle so it would look bad.

Sorry for ranting, I just can't hold it in anymore. 
wishedtheyweretoads Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014
Mantis celebi yesssss; I like that Chikorita looks closely related to a Turtwig, hinting at a slow-time evolutionary relationship between the two?
 I really appreciate the cultural/ecological details and explanations of aspects of poke biology. That's just as amazing as the art, I think. Thanks for these!
TheLonelyFront Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
Celebi is baller!
boopdedoopdoop Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014  Student Writer
I can never look at Celebi the same way again.
GriffiatheGriffon Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Omg I never noticed Celebi.
Vorondara Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014
Wow. All the works in your gallery are pretty 'wow' worthy, but I can believe these pokemon more than most - you make meganium look very believable. And well, I'd buy a realistic meganium far more than an animal/dinosaur, whatever, with fire on their tail.
nickzodiac Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014
All the little poke's in the pic are what make these excellent.  you definitely have a fine imagination OHMYGOD THERES A FOONGUS AMOONGUS!
createrofchaos Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014
This has got to be by far my favorite work of yours.  This set of pokemon has always been my favorite and the fact that you turned them into tortoises only made them better.  Yes, I said tortoise instead of turtles.  Turtles live mainly in water and tortoises live on land, very different.  Also love the fact that Celebi looks like a praying mantis.    All in all I love your work. 
janiwolf Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  New member
meganium bayleef and chikorita aren't turtles they are based on…
arvalis Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014
Please dont patronize me.  I know what a sauropod is.  None of meganiums evolutions have enough tail to be a sauropod.
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