The world has more living creatures than most people know. In fact, the total number of species that we know is just the tip of the iceberg. There are thousands more out there whose names people still have not heard of, either because they are too hidden to be found or because their population is too small. Here is a list of 25 bizarre animals you probably have never heard of before:
This small mole is mainly found in the wet low areas of the northeastern part of the United States as well as eastern Canada. Some of its relatives are also found along the Atlantic coast and Georgia. It can be easily identified because of its 11 pairs of pink fleshy appendages that surround its snout.
This small antelope mainly resides in the Ivory Coast, though it can also be found in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. It is characterized by its red brown coats and distinctive stripes that resemble those of a zebra. It also has dark markings on its upper legs and horns that resemble a prong.
Amazonian Royal Flycatcher
A passerine bird, the Amazonian royal flycatcher is regarded as a close relative of the tyrant flycatcher. It is found throughout the woodlands and forests of the Amazon basin in Guianas, Venezuala, Colombia, Peru and north of Bolivia. This bird is also commonly found in low densities. Because of its high population, it has recently classed among the “Least Concern” of Bird Life International.
Also known as the magnut, the raccoon dog is an indigenous dog found in East Asia. Considered the only extant species under the genus Nyctereutus, this dog is a basal candid dog that resembles the ancestral forms of its relatives. It is known to regularly climb trees like the gray fox of Northern America.
Sometimes called lamprey eels, the lamprey is a jawless fish that is characterized by its funnel-like and toothed sucking mouth. It derived its name from the Latin term “lampetra” which means “stone licker.” Most lampreys are not parasitic and do not feed on fish. Physically, it resembles eels but it has no scales. Its body can range from 13 to 100 centimeters in length.