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15 Animals With Names Weirder Than Anything You Could Imagine

Are you ready to find out the weirdest animal names? No, you're not. But we're going there anyways.

1. White-bellied go-away-bird

While it sounds like a mean name you'd call your siblings when you were little, the white-bellied go-away-bird is found in Africa, with typical calls like a nasal haa-haa-haa and a single or repeated gwa (or g'away).

2. Mountain Chicken

PSYCH! It's not a chicken at all! It's really just a large, loud frog. It's often hunted for food in the Caribbean.

3. Gorilla Gorilla Gorilla

Latin names count too, right? The Western Lowland Gorilla's trinomial taxonomic name is literally Gorilla gorilla gorilla.

4. Tasseled Wobbegong

This is actually a type of shark which is found in the shallow coral reef off Northern Australia.

5. Colon Rectum

This type of beetle was named in 1933 by entomologist Melville H. Hatch. He's also named insects with similarly: Colon forceps, Colon monstrosum, Colon grossum, and Colon horni.

6. Dik-dik

This tiny antelope lives in eastern and southern Africa. They are named after the calls the females make.

7. Sarcastic fringehead

While it sounds like what my parents probably referred to me while growing up, the sarcastic fringehead is known for its "large mouth and aggressive territorial behavior."

8. Fried Egg Jellyfish

Does this need to be explained? I hope not.

9. Spiny Lumpsucker

A fish found commonly in the north Pacific Ocean, the "sucker” part refers to the fish’s modified pelvic fins.

10. Pink Fairy Armadillo

Nicknamed the "sand-swimmer" because it can “burrow through the ground as fast as a fish can swim in the sea.”

11. Blobfish

Yet another name that needs no explanation.

12. Boop Boops

Marine Species

Why do fish have the weirdest names? Boop Boops got their name from their large bug eyes.

13. Screaming Hairy Armadillo

The cute little creature screeches and squeals when it is handled or feels threatened (so do I).

14. Tufted Titmouse

Look how cute!! Not a mouse at all!

15. Sparklemuffin

BYE. Don't care how cute the spider is. I will not even pretend to like it.

Meagan has been a writer with Shared for two years and has an intense love for Netflix, napping, and carbohydrates. Please feel free to contact me with questions or story ideas! meagan@shared.com