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10 Animals You Didn’t Know Existed!

Considering that there are millions of different animal species scattered around our planet, there must be creatures that you have never seen or heard of. From jellyfish that look like fried eggs to colorful spiders that remind you of a vibrant peacock, here are 10 animals you didn’t know existed!

1 Fried Egg Jellyfish

10 Animals You Didn't Know Existed!

Cotylorhiza tuberculata is a type of jellyfish that looks like an open, cracked egg floating in the sea. Commonly found in the Mediterranean, Aegean, and Adriatic seas, the fried-egg jellyfish grows up to 16 inches in diameter, and has many short, colorful, club-like appendages.

Although their bites are stinging, their sting has little effect on humans. Colorful jellyfish tentacles sometimes provide shelter for small fish in the ocean.

2 Achrioptera Manga

10 Animals You Didn't Know Existed!

You’ve probably never seen a vibrantly colored stick insect. While most stick insects tend to look like actual sticks, which helps them blend into woodland backgrounds, Achroptera manga has a striking electric blue coloration.

Found only in a forest in northern Madagascar, A. manga is unique in that the males of the species turn blue or multicolored when they reach sexual maturity. Instead of hiding in the foliage, this stick insect remains visible in its environment and even uses its tiny wings to scare away potential predators.

3 Elephant Shrew

10 Animals You Didn't Know Existed!

This adorable little baby is an elephant shrew. The size of these small, insectivorous mammals from Africa varies, and they can range from 3.9 to 11.8 inches in length.

Elephant shrews have a long snout that resembles an elephant’s trunk, and despite their superficial resemblance to a shrew, it is not classified as a true shrew. In fact, shrews are more closely related to elephants than to shrews! It is also one of the fastest small mammals on Earth. Some can reach speeds of 17.9 miles per hour!

4 Devil Stinger

10 Animals You Didn't Know Existed!

Have you seen a fish that looks this rough? This is the devil’s sting, also known as the “devil’s sting” or “sea goblin”. It is a type of venomous fish closely related to the true stone fish.

Its skin is covered with wart-like glands and poisonous spines. It crawls slowly along the sea floor using the four lower rays of its pectoral fins as legs. It can grow up to 10 inches long and has a tangled appearance. Its sandy yellow or red coloration helps it blend in on the sandy or coral sea floor, where it is commonly found.

5 Magnificent Frigatebird

10 Animals You Didn't Know Existed!

The magnificent frigatebird is the largest species of frigatebird. It can be about 3 feet 9 inches in length and has a wingspan of about 8 feet. Spending days and nights in flight, the bird can reach a ground speed of 6.2 miles per hour and cover up to 139 miles before it needs to land. Males of this species have red thread sacs that swell to attract mates. Don’t they look like they’re blowing their chests off pride?

6 Goodfellow’s Tree-Kangaroo

10 Animals You Didn't Know Existed!

Goodfellow’s tree-kangaroo, also known as the “ornamented tree-kangaroo,” is in the same family as kangaroos and wallabies. They look very different from their land-dwelling cousins, and their physical features help them live in trees.

They have smaller legs and strong forelimbs with hooked claws that help them grip tree limbs. They also have long tails for balance. Native to the rainforests of New Guinea, Goodfellow’s kangaroos are listed as endangered due to poaching and habitat loss.

7 Ghost Shark

10 Animals You Didn't Know Existed!

This creepy fish is called a “chimera”. Also known as “ghost sharks” and “scaryfish,” these are cartilaginous fish found on the temperate ocean floors at depths of 8,500 feet. Chimeras have smooth, bare skin, and the markings on their faces are sensory organs that help them detect electric fields in the water, which helps them find prey.

8 Peacock spider

10 Animals You Didn't Know Existed!

Maratus volans is a species of jumping spider found in Australia. Perform a dance to attract mates. While approaching a female, the male spider shakes its abdomen, waves its raised legs and tail, and dances from side to side.

Males of the species display vibrant red, blue and black colors with flap-like extensions of the abdomen, which they raise and display during mating. Because of this, they have been compared to peacocks.

9 Bush Dog

10 Animals You Didn't Know Existed!

The bush dog is a small dog found in South and Central America. It was first identified from fossils in Brazilian caves and was thought to be extinct, and its closest living relatives are the maned wolf and the African wild dog. In Brazil, the bush dog is called cachorro-vinagre or “vinegar dog” because the animal’s urine has a strong vinegar smell.

10 Lesser mouse-deer

10 Animals You Didn't Know Existed!

Let’s wrap up this list with something nice. This is the little mouse, also known as “kanchil”. Found throughout Southeast Asia, this shy, small and even-toed spur is the smallest known hoofed mammal on Earth. Adults of the species measure about 18 inches from head to body, and can weigh about 4.4 pounds.

What are some other, lesser-known animals that you find interesting? Let us know in the comments!

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