The Silly Side of Nature: 18 Hilariously Named Animals

11Boops boops

Boops boops

It is a species of seabream fish native to the eastern Atlantic. Its common name in all languages refers to its large (“bug”) eyes.

12Pleasing fungus beetles

Pleasing fungus beetles

Pleasing fungus beetles is a family of beetles containing over 100 genera. They feed on plant and fungal matter; some are important pollinators, while a few have gained notoriety as pests of some significance. Sometimes, useful and harmful species are found in one genus. Most pleasing fungus beetles, however, are inoffensive animals of little significance to humans.

13Maned wolf

Maned wolf

It is the largest canid of South America. Its markings resemble those of foxes, but it is not a fox, nor is it a wolf, as it is not closely related to other canids. One thing interesting about maned wolf is that its urine has a very distinctive odor similar to cannabis.

14Screaming hairy armadillo

Screaming hairy armadillo

It isn’t so much “hairy” as it is resembling something that trundled through a haystack. If you squint your eyes at it, the animal, which is actually kind of cute, it starts to look like it’s wearing a particularly ancient and mistreated wig. The adjective “screaming” derives from its habit of squealing when handled or threatened. So it is more a defensive call rather than how it sounds usually.



Probably named by a sailor, this is a type of lemur native to Madagascar. It is the world’s largest nocturnal primate.

16Satanic leaf gecko

Satanic leaf gecko

This species of gecko is indigenous to the island of Madagascar. It may also be known as the eyelash leaf-tailed gecko or the fantastic leaf-tailed gecko.

17Pink fairy armadillo

Pink fairy armadillo

It is pink though doesn’t look like a fairy. Pink fairy armadillos have small eyes, silky yellowish white fur. The pink fairy armadillo is nicknamed the “sand-swimmer” because it is said that it can “burrow through the ground as fast as a fish can swim in the sea.”

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Now this one is aptly named because it just looks like a mass of blob when it is out of the water. They live at depths between 600 and 1,200 meters where the pressure is 60 to 120 times as great as at sea level. The flesh of the blobfish is primarily a gelatinous mass with a density slightly less than water; this allows the fish to float above the sea floor without expending energy on swimming. Its relative lack of muscle is not a disadvantage as it primarily swallows edible matter that floats in front of it such as deep-ocean crustaceans.

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