10 Species Aptly Named For Other Animals

Imagine you discovered a new species of animal — what would you name it? Would you name it after yourself perhaps, or maybe your mother, or even your favorite pet? Scientists have long relied on descriptive words in languages like Latin and Greek to name species within the animal and plant kingdom, but there must be a point where they come to the end of the line and have to get…less creative. These 10 species are named for their resemblance in some way, whether physical or behavioral, to other creatures within the animal kingdom, and while some are rather obvious, there are a few that require you to stretch your imagination just a bit.

 

Leopard Seal

via giladr

via giladr

 This leopard seal can’t change its spots any more than a real leopard can!

 

Alligator Snapping Turtle

via mcwetboy

via mcwetboy

 Despite the obvious differences in size, the alligator is definitely this snapping turtle’s mentor.

 

Cattle Egret

via harmonica pete

via harmonica pete

 This beautiful bird is named not so much for the animal it resembles, but rather the company it keeps.

 

Mouse Deer

via ashengrove

via ashengrove

 This one’s a no-brainer — that deer is as cute as a little mouse!

 

Skunk Bear

via Tim Strater

via Tim Strater

 Yes, this is also a wolverine. But you can kind of see where their heads were at when they named it skunk bear.

 

Ant Lion

via Clearly Ambiguous

via Clearly Ambiguous

 We have no idea.

 

Butterfly Fish

via Mr Moss

via Mr Moss

 If butterflies were seafaring creatures, we could see a little confusion here.

 

Fox Squirrel

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via AndrewH324

 Look at that bushy, foxy red tail!

 

Swan Goose

via warriorwoman531

via warriorwoman531

 Goose + Swan-like characteristics = Swan Goose. Genius.

 

Rabbit Bandicoot

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via squidoo.com

 The word “bandicoot” is thought to come from a Telugu word that means “pig rat.” Stick with rabbit bandicoot, kid.

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