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Topic: Species Account Essay – Pokemon

Essay Topic: Natural History account of a Pokémon
Pokémon is an extremely popular mixed media franchise which is familiar to most people. Even for those who are not familiar with it would at least have some passing idea of what “Pokémon” is about. Many of the “monsters” in Pokemon are based on real-life organisms. So if you, as a zoologist or a biologist, are to come across a Pokémon in real life, how would you classify it?

For this assessment you are to pick a species of Pokémon, from any of the Generations across the decades that Pokémon has existed, and write a report about it in the style of a species account.
(There is an example of how to write a species account for the database website AmphibiaWeb here – while there are many components in the species account for that website which are not applicable to this assignment, it should give you a general idea of what a species account consist of)

If you don’t know what Pokémon are out there for you to chose from,
Here is a list from Wikipedia:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Pok%C3%A9mon
Or the Pokédex from the Pokémon website
https://www.pokemon.com/us/pokedex/
Addition there is the Bulbapedia, the Pokemon wiki, which is an excellent source of information, if you want to find more information, in greater details about specific Pokémon:
https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Main_Page
(you’d want to use ad-blocker on though, because that website has a lot of pop-up ads)

For your written species account, it can be broken down into two main parts or tasks.

Task 1

Based on the known and observable characteristics of your chosen Pokémon which has been displayed in various media, classify it to an exist taxonomic group down to Order. For example.

Pikachu
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia

Or comparable four levels of taxonomic classification (such as Division, or Superphylum, etc) down to Order.

For Pokémon such as Bulbasaur or Paras which appear to be compound organisms composed of symbioses between two or more organisms, you should provide classification for both the host, and the symbiont.
For example.

Paras
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda (subphylum: Hexapoda)
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera

Paras symbiont
Kingdom: Fungi
Division: Ascomycota
Class: Sordariomycetes
Order: Hypocreales

You will need to provide justification for classifying a Pokémon to a particular taxonomic group by comparing it with other known organisms within those taxa, citing their morphological (or other characteristics) which the Pokémon shares in common with other species in that group.
You must cite peer-reviewed primary sources for your information of real-life organisms whenever possible.
When describing characteristics (your “observations”) of the Pokémon itself, you can use the TV show, one of the games, any official media, or the Bulbapedia as a source (see below for more detail on how to reference such sources)

Task 2
Describe characteristics and abilities of your chosen Pokémon in relations to known organisms which have such characteristics. This should be relatively straightforward to start with since many Pokémons are based on real organisms, so one can compare the said Pokémon to their real-life counterpart.

Type of service: Academic Paper Writing
Type of assignment: Essay
Subject: Biology
Pages/words: 6/1500
Number of Sources: 3
Academic level: Freshman (college 1st year)
Paper Format: APA
Line spacing: Double
Language style: AU English