Phanpy familyThey should do an antelope esc pokemon. Also elephant?
Swan: CresseliaGouramis (Fish with two feelers coming out of their chest), Swans, Chinese Water Deer(Deer with saber teeth), Platypi, Tuataras, Gavial Crocodilians, Botiine Loaches (Barboach is based on the Dojo Loach, which is not closely related to the Botia loaches, Botia Loaches have blades behind their eyes), Sugar Gliders, Gars, X-ray fish, Common eels (Huntail is a gulper eel, a deep-sea fish), Fantail Doves, Capybaras, Koalas, Minks, Manatees (Dewgong is named after the dugong, a giant manatee, but it looks like a seal), Millipedes, Centipedes (Unless Giratina counts), Wood lice (Rolly-pollys), Shrimp (Unless you count Anorith, which is based upon an ancient shrimp), Barnacles, Mussels, Bird of Paradises, Sea Squirts, Sea Anemones, Man of Wars, Comb Jellies, Lemurs, Hyraxes, Tasmanian Devils, Tasmanian Tigers, Turkeys, Ants, Lungfish, Lampreys, Sturgeons, Elephantfish, Knifefish, Ropefish, Salmon, Tanukis, Mudpuppies, Carnivorous Caterpillars (Eupithecia, attacks like a knife coming down onto a surface), Wolly Bears, Flying Fish, Dolphins (Lantern is part Angler, part Porpoise), Sea Turtles, and Conches to name a few.
Rounded snot, rounded flippers, colored "mask" across the eyes (found on some dolphin species), smooth skin and happy disposition, none of which are typical of the angler fish or its caricatures. Do we really need to, again, bring up the fact that *gasp* Pokémon can be based on more than one real-life animal?
Anorith: Anomalocaris, not an ancient shrimp
Sea turtle: Lapras, Squirtle family (to an extent)
Lantern: Just angler fish
Well, they obviously had to make the angler fish less "creepy," and by doing so, they unintentionally made some confused people think it's a dolphin.
And why would they need to make an angler fish less creepy they have baloons that steal souls, and a little dead girl (from the Chateau), but they cant have a "creepy" looking fish?
Based on a dolphin? No. Dolphin-like characteristics? Yes.