From the little dumbo octopus to the monkeyface prickleback, here are 22 Animals with the Funniest Names.
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8. The Mysterious Name
First off, anything called a “hellbender” automatically sounds cool. And despite it sounding cool, no one is really sure why this salamander from eastern North America was named “hellbender.” But does it really matter? At body lengths of 12 to 29 inches or 30 to 74 centimeters, this makes them the third largest aquatic salamander in the world. They adapt to their environment easily and fill a certain niche. As soon as they find a preferred location, they tend to stay in that area unless they need to hunt.
7. The Huge Tadpole, Regular Frog
You might be wondering how a frog could be paradoxical, as seen in this frog’s name. But the title “paradoxical frog” refers to how big tadpoles paradoxical frogs tend to be, usually measuring 10 inches or 25 centimeters long at the largest. However, these baby frogs only grow to be about average size once they reach adulthood--as far as average frogs go. They feed primarily on small insects, invertebrates, and larvae and behave nocturnally.
6. Squids In Pajamas
This little quid merely has stripes. Lots of animals in the world have stripes. And yet this one was named the animal wearing striped pajamas. These small, round suids have rather short webbed arms. Even though scientists gave it a really cute name (with a nickname being a striped dumpling squid) they do count as one of the few poisonous species of cephalopods, so don’t get too close. They live down by the seagrass and sand, living at 66 feet or 20 meters at the deepest below the surface of the water.
5. The Eel That Looks Like A Monkey
First off, the monkeyface prickleback doesn’t even really count as a true eel, though some do call it the monkeyface eel. These species of prickleback do count as a bony fish, so close enough. It has eel-like characteristics, such as its long body. At the longest, they will measure 30 inches or 76 centimeters But it seems to have the face of a monkey, so everything just gets jumbled. The monkeyface prickleback can be found along the coasts of Oregon all the way down to Baja California.
4. The Tiny Tyrant
This small bird found around parts of South America has a much mightier name than their size suggests. The strange-tailed tyrant species has a tail longer than its own body, a more prominent characteristic in males. Their coloring appears black and white in most strange-tailed tyrants. A breeding male may even have a bit of orange or pink skin exposed around the throat area, like this one.
3. Into Battle
Perhaps the animal with the mightiest name on this list goes to the man o’ war jellyfish, also known more formally as the Atlantic Portuguese man o’ war or even the floating terror. Either way, sounds like no one should mess with this jellyfish. They measure between 3.5 to 11.8 inches or 9 to 30 centimeters long, though when extended, they can measure up to 5.9 inches or 15 centimeters. Each of their long tentacles contain nematocysts full of stingers and venom.
2. Watch It Scream
You don’t expect most armadillos to be super noisy, and really, most them aren’t. Not even the screaming hairy armadillo, which usually won’t make much sound. But the “screaming” part of its name derives from their tendency to scream or squeal when they feel threatened. Also called the “crying armadillo” if it gets handled by a human or a predator approaches it, it will let out a squeal. Other than that, they behave like mosts armadillos: burrowing into the ground or foraging for food.
1. The Most Sarcastic Fish
You’ve got to admit that “sarcastic fringehead” sounds pretty funny. Of course, it doesn’t seem so funny when you see a picture of a sarcastic fringehead. This type of hardy fish appears highly distinct with its huge mouth accompanied by its aggressive behavior. Just look at this thing. They grow up to 12 inches or 30 centimeters long, seeming mostly scaleless. They live in the Pacific ocean off the coasts of North America.