Creature Curiosities

Discover more about the animals you’ll find in Curious Creatures and why I find them so intriguing.

Flying fish

Exocoetidae

Coconut crab

Birgus latro

Giant oarfish

Regalecus glesne

Duck-billed platypus

Ornithorhynchus anatinus

Beaver

Castor

Narwhal

Monodon monoceros

Plumed Basilisk lizard

Basiliscus plumifrons

Rajah Brooke’s Birdwing butterfly

Trogonoptera brookiana

Poison dart frogs

Dendrobatidae

Amazonian royal flycatcher

Onychorhynchus coronatus coronatus

Praying Mantis

Mantodea

Scalloped hammerhead shark

Sphyrna lewini

Northern gannet

Morus bassanus

Gerenuk

Litocranius walleri

Chinese water deer

Hydropotes inermis inermis

Dragon wrasse & Mandarinfish 

Novaculichthys taeniourus & Synchiropus splendidus

Axolotl

Ambystoma mexicanum

Coral

Anthozoa

Bactrian camel

Camelus bactrianus

Fennec fox

Vulpes zerda

Giant squid

Architeuthis

Patagonian mara

Dolichotis patagonum

King-of-Saxony bird-of-paradise

Pteridophora alberti

Hummingbird hawk-moth

Macroglossum stellatarum

Devil lionfish

Pterois miles

Manta ray

Manta birostris

May bug

Melolontha melolontha

Sailfish

Istiophorus platypterus

Macaroni penguin

Eudyptes chrysolophus

Malayan tapir

Tapirus indicus

Hermit crab

Paguroidea

Peacock mantis shrimp

Odontodactylus scyllarus

American white pelicans

Pelecanus erythrorhynchos

Sea urchins

Echinoidea

Mimic octopus

Thaumoctopus mimicus

Chambered nautilus

Nautilus pompilius

Weedy sea dragon

Phyllopteryx taeniolatus

Blue-footed booby

Sula nebouxii

Elephant shrew

Macroscelididae

Okapi

Okapia johnstoni

Tufted puffin

Fratercula cirrhata

Black-throated loon

Gavia arctica

Rhinoceros hornbill

Buceros rhinoceros

Crested porcupine

Hystrix cristata

Moths

Greater prairie chicken

Tympanuchus cupido

Shoebill

Balaeniceps rex

Yeti crab

Kiwa hirsute

Nudibranchs

Nudibranchia

Pygmy seahorses

Hippocampus bargibanti

Jewel beetle

Temognatha alternata

Longhorn cowfish

Lactoria cornuta

Pipefish

Syngnathinae

Kiwi

Apteryx

Mandarin duck

Aix galericulata

Lion’s mane jellyfish

Cyanea capillata

Walrus

Odobenus rosmarus

Moose

Alces alces

Amazonian leaf-footed bug

Diactor bilineatus

Cuttlefish

Sepiida

Caterpillars

Great grey owl

Strix nebulosa

Long-eared jerboa

Euchoreutes naso

Brown-throated sloth

Bradypus variegatus

Golden pheasant

Chrysolophus pictus

Tibetan fox

Vulpes ferrilata

Jackson’s chameleon

Trioceros jacksonii