The highest 20 bizarre however actual animals! Quantity 15! How is it attainable?


Did you think you’ve seen almost everything about animals? Make no mistake, some species may still surprise you. Nature did what she wanted, and some strange specimens managed to escape her imagination. Discover the top 20 in pictures.

Seeming to come out of a science fiction film or the imagination of a particularly inspired writer, certain animal species have something to surprise us! Arrogant or frightening, disturbing or magnificent, these specimens have some rather unusual characteristics that sometimes suggest that they are the result of a crossing of two species. But, however, none of that: they are real and guaranteed to be free of photo editing! Discover 20 of the weirdest animals on Earth.

1. Grimpoteuthis

Octopuses in the genus Grimpoteuthus, also known as Dumbo octopus, are known for their ear-shaped fins on their upper body. These sea creatures live in extreme depths, 3,000 or 4,000 meters below sea level. Some even descend to 7,000 meters, the deepest for an octopus. Very rare, they can remove the transparent layer of their skin at will. Grimpoteuthis glide along the seabed in search of worms, bivalves, copepods and crustaceans on which they feed. They move with the impulses of their arms, pulling water through their funnel and still shaking their ears.

2. TheOnychorhynchus coronatus

Onychorhynchus coronatus coronatus coronatus is a passerine bird of the Tyrannidae family. According to experts, it is related to three other royal flycatchers: the northern royal flycatcher, the Pacific royal flycatcher and the Atlantic royal flycatcher. Inhabiting the forests and wooded plains of the Amazon basin, it is easy to observe. Present in Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil and Guyana, it prefers to live in small groups, but remains very present. Males have a beautiful red crest which they open to scare away predators but also to seduce females.

3. Chrysocyon brachyurus

The maned wolf (Chrysocyon brachyurus) is an omnivore of the canine family and is native to South America. Similar to a wolf or large fox, it is genetically distinct from these species. Inhabiting meadows, it can be 130 cm long and 90 cm high. He has a red coat with « socks », a black muzzle and a black mane. Perched on large legs, the maned wolf feeds on 50% fruit and 50% rodents, insects or birds. Endangered animal, only 2000 specimens remain in the wild.

4. Dolichotis patagonum

This rodent from the Cavidae family has an appearance reminiscent of hares. Endemic to Argentica, the Patagonian hare (Dolichotis patagonum) is considered “near threatened”. Also known as the pampas hare, it measures 70 to 75 cm and weighs between 8 and 16 kg. Its ears and limbs are very long. Its legs have 3 or 4 fingers and it has a gray, orange and white coat. Extremely fast, it can reach an average of 55km / h and can jump up to two meters high. This mammal feeds on grasses, leaves, roots and bark and is particularly social

5. Moloch horridus

Moloch horridus, the only representative of its species, is a saurian endemic to Australia. Living in arid areas, it particularly appreciates sandy soils. Diurnal animal of medium size (about 20 cm), it weighs between 50 and 90 g. Rather massive, its body color varies between gray, beige, orange or brick red. Thorns, scaly growths, cover its entire body, in order to impress its predators. Large consumer of ants, the moloch has grooves around its head that allow it to collect the dew that settles on it.

6. Narwhal (Monodon monoceros)

Nicknamed « the unicorn of the seas », the narwhal (Monodon monoceros) is a cetacean that lives in groups in the waters of the Arctic Ocean. Males have a long horn at the end of the muzzle of their upper left incisor. Formerly highly sought after, this sensory organ can measure up to three meters in length. Measuring 4 to 5 meters in length, narwhals feed on shrimp, squid, crustaceans, halibut, cod and octopus. Human activities, unregulated hunting and its predators (polar bears and killer whales) are leading to a sharp decline in the narwhal population.

7. Balaeniceps rex

The Nile shoebill is a massive bird, endemic to the African continent, and the only species in the genus Balaeniceps. It gets its name from its huge beak, sometimes bigger than its head. It is 100-120cm tall, can weigh 4-7kg, and has bluish gray plumage. The pinkish bill can be up to 23 cm long and is ideal for fishing in murky and shallow waters. Non-migratory, rather solitary and territorial, this bird feeds on catfish, aquatic snakes and frogs. It can also fall back on pies, monitor lizards, young crocodiles or rodents.

8. Scarus coeruleus

This fish belongs to the genus parrotfish, Scarus. Entirely blue (tending to turquoise), it still has a few yellow spots on the back of the head which disappear with age. Males are on average 30 to 75 cm long and can sometimes reach 1.20 m. Parrotfish have large beaks that allow them to remove algae and small organisms from rocks. It also has pharyngeal teeth that turn ingested rocks into sand. He spends 80% of his time surveying the waters of the western Atlantic to find food.

9. Atheris hispida

Atheris is a poisonous arboreal viper from sub-Saharan Africa. It lives in tropical forest areas and resembles the rattlesnakes of Asia and South America. With a size between 40 and 78 cm, the atheris has a fairly triangular head. Its color varies between different shades of green, from light green to olive green with some specimens rather yellow or grayish. Its main feature is the presence of sharp scales all over its body.

10. Saiga (Linnaeus 1766) – Saiga tatarica

The saiga (Saiga tatarica) is a particularly endangered species of antelope. Native to the semi-desert Eurasian steppes, it was also present in North America. Today she lives mainly in one Russian region and three in Kazakhstan. Less than a meter high, it weighs between 36 and 63 kg and the females do not have horns. But its most particular physical characteristic remains its muzzle. Unusual, oversized and flexible, this nasal structure is called the proboscis.

11. PACU (Piaractus brachypomus)

Affiliated with the piranha, the pacu is a herbivorous or omnivorous freshwater fish. Its most impressive feature? Its square and aligned teeth, similar to those of humans. This also differentiates them from piranhas. The pacu, from the Serrasalminae family, lives mainly in the rivers and streams of the Amazon basin. Some specimens have also been found in Papua, Sweden and France.

12. Venezuelan poodle moth

The Venezuelan heterocera is a new species of moth, discovered in 2009 in the Great Savannah region of Venezuela. It is quite similar to Diaphora mendica, the beggar’s scale. Its peculiarity lies mainly in the fur, orange or cream color, which covers its 14 to 19 mm long body and its wings. Scientists know very little about this small animal, but it probably belongs to the Lepidoptera family of Lasiocampidae.

13. Stomatopods

No, shrimps do not have strange diseases similar to scarlet fever or other … And, despite its magnificent colors, this crustacean of ten centimeters is a particularly vicious animal. With legs comparable to that of a praying mantis, the scilla is strong and fast. Its claws are massive, weighted with limestone and can easily break shells and seashells. When they are thinner but equipped with spurs, they allow the prey to be impaled. With a 360 ° vision, it easily identifies prey and predators, such as barracudas. During the mating season, the squilla activates its fluorescence.

14. Glaucus Atlanticus

Glaucus Atlanticus is a very small species of nudibranch. This marine gastropod mollusk has a particularly elegant shape and colors combining white, pearl gray and different shades of blue. Glaucus Atlanticus, 3-4 cm long, has often been compared to a lizard because of its tail and a frog because of its skin. It is equipped with oral tentacles and rhinophores at the level of the head. This charming sea slug floats on its stomach thanks to an air bubble in its stomach. It can thus easily feed on other pelagic organisms larger than itself. Its main defense is its stinging power, which it draws from the hydrozoans on which it feeds.

15. Moro Sphinx

Moro Sphinx (Macroglossum stellatarum) is a diurnal insect of the order Lepidoptera. Small in size (40-46 mm), it has a rather massive beige-brown body and orange wings. With a very long trunk for collecting flowers, this specimen shows movement similar to that of the fly bird. Very fast, it can also remain in hovering flight, in particular in search of food. It is particularly active when temperatures are high. Moro Sphinx hatches about a week after the eggs are laid on the buds or flowers, between May and August.

16. Hemicentetes semispinosus

The Tenrec Plains Zebra (Hemicentetes semispinosus) is a species of mammal endemic to the island of Madagascar. It lives in the Malagasy plains, from sea level to 1550 meters above sea level. 15 to 20 cm long, the zebra tenrec is quite massive since it weighs between 125 and 280 grams. The peculiarity lies in its black coat striped with yellow stripes and composed of a mixture of hard hairs and thorns.

17. Umbonia Spinosa

This insect belongs to the Membracidae family. The latter is characterized by the presence of scleritis on the thorax, which looks like a kind of giant horn. Umvonia Spinosa varies in color, size and structure from a few tens of millimeters in length, especially the horn of the male. The role of this special horn is to discourage birds or other predators from eating it. This species grows primarily in the United States and pumps sap from trees.

18. Mutillidae

The mutilated ants, or velvet ants, are a species which is located between the ant, by its elongated shape, and the wasp, by its hairs. This is particularly the case with females who do not have wings, unlike males. Their fur is often bright red or orange, but it can also be silver, gold or black and white, hence its nickname « panda ant ». They are known for their extremely painful stings, which only females can inflict. However, unlike ants, mutilated people are not organized into workers, queens, etc.

19. Mitsukurina owstoni

The elven shark (Mitsukurina owstoni) is a rare species of deep-sea shark. Sometimes referred to as a « living fossil, » its ancestry dates back approximately 125 million years. He has a long nose and a very prominent jawbone with nail-shaped teeth. Measuring three to four meters in length, the elven shark was very abundant in the Cretaceous and its global distribution is still quite widespread. But although it was discovered over a century ago, scientists know very little about this flabby-bodied species. The few studies suggest that it is rather slow.

20. Ogcocephalus darwini

To some extent, you would think that the lips of this fish were roughly added using a computer. Living more than 30 meters deep in the waters of the Galapagos, the red-lipped batfish (Ogcocephalus darwini) has a rather strange morphology. Best known for its ruby ​​lips, this fish is not a swimmer but rather uses its pectoral fins to « walk » to the bottom of the ocean. This species is piscivorous, that is to say that it feeds mainly on small fish and crustaceans such as molluscs or shrimp.

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