There are millions of unique species on earth, and each year scientists encounter hundreds of previously unknown animals. Most of them have existed for years without us knowing about them, and maybe for a good reason too because some of these beings are utterly terrifying and just plain creepy.


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We here at Bored Panda have compiled a list of the most bizarre of these little-known creatures.
From alien-looking moths to extremely ugly fish, you're going to be surprised that these animals actually inhabit the same planet as us!

Scroll below to delve into the mysterious world of mother nature.

#1 Venezuelan Poodle Moth

Venezuelan Poodle Moth

Discovered in Venezuela in 2009, this new species of alien-looking moth has poodle-like fur covering its head, thorax, abdomen, and even its wings.

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KismetTheFox 4 months ago

I. Want. Forty.

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#2 Glaucus Atlanticus

Glaucus Atlanticus

Also known as the blue dragon, this creature is a species of blue sea slug. You could find it in warm waters of the oceans, as it floats on the surface because of a gas-filled sac in its stomach.

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glowworm2 4 months ago

THese are so pretty

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#3 Dumbo Octopus

Dumbo Octopus

Dumbo octopus is an umbrella octopus found all around the world. Its name comes from Disney's "Dumbo" because of the creature's ears bearing similarity to the movies' title character.

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Eliane Prado 4 months ago

Cute

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#4 Macropinna Microstoma

Macropinna Microstoma

Macropinna microstoma is a species of fish that lives at a depth of about 600 metres (2,000 ft) to 800 metres (2,600 ft), hanging nearly motionless in the water. It is quite unusual with a transparent, fluid-filled dome on its head, through which the lenses of its eyes can be seen.

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Sarah Schmidt 4 months ago

Man, these are deep thoughts

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#5 Irrawaddy Dolphin

Irrawaddy Dolphin

Irrawaddy Dolphin is an oceanic dolphin found in the Bay of Bengal and Southeast Asia. Its most notable feature is a round head with no distinct beak.

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glowworm2 4 months ago

It's so cute.

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#6 Lowland Streaked Tenrec

Lowland Streaked Tenrec

Found in Madagascar, Africa, this small tenrec is the only mammal known to use stridulation for generating sound – something that’s usually associated with snakes and insects.

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Alia G. 4 months ago

I love tenrecs! They’re kind of like grumpy hedgehogs

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#7 Red-Lipped Batfish

Red-Lipped Batfish

Found on the Galapagos Islands, this fish is actually a pretty bad swimmer, and uses its pectoral fins to walk on the bottom of the ocean.

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Andycat >_< 4 months ago

It looks like my grandma coming in for a kiss💋

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#8 Sunda Colugo

Sunda Colugo

Sunda Colugo or Sunda flying lemur is a species of colugo, native to Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore. It is not, in fact, a lemur and it does not fly, gliding instead. Sunda Colugo is active at night and feeds on soft plant parts like young leaves, shoots, flowers, and fruits.

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glowworm2 4 months ago

Absolutely adorable!

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#9 Blue Parrotfish

Blue Parrotfish

This bright blue fish can be found in shallow water in the tropical and subtropical parts of the western Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. They spend 80 percent of their time searching for food and eat small organisms found in the sand and algae that they scrape off rocks.

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Janine B. 4 months ago

I hope he put this beauty back into the water.

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#10 Glass Frog

Glass Frog

Found in South America, the glass frog is a family of amphibians with some specimens exhibiting an outstanding feature — transparent abdomens. Because the internal viscera is visible through the skin, the common name they are given is glass frogs.

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Dahlia Sunshine 4 months ago

Now you won't have to dissect them anymore.

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#11 Fossa

Fossa

Fossa is a cat-like mammal that lives in Madagascar. Its classification has been controversial because physically it resembles a cat, while other traits suggest relation to viverrids. Genetic research has shown that they are actually their own separate species.

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Eliane Prado 4 months ago

Evebody knows about Fossas. King Julian talk about them all the time in Madagascar movie.

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#12 Panda Ant

Panda Ant

Despite looking like an ant and being referred as such, it is in fact a form of wingless wasp. This insect is also known as cow-killer. Females possess thicker fur but lack wings. The furry panda ant lives for about 2 years.

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Randy Inbred 4 months ago

Looks like an ant designed by Tim Burton!

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#13 Tufted Deer

Tufted Deer

Found in central China, the tufted deer is a small species of deer characterized by a prominent tuft of black hair on its forehead and fang-like canines for the males. It is a timid, mainly solitary creature, that sometimes lives in pairs and enjoys living in areas with good cover.

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Allison G. 4 months ago

I love that someone looked at this deer and said "we should name it for the hair on its head. It's not like it has any other distinguishing characteristics."

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#14 Honduran White Bat

Honduran White Bat

The Honduran white bat has distinctive white fur, with tips of individual hairs being gray as well as a leaf-shaped nose. They live in leaf 'tents' that they 'build' by cutting the side veins extending out from the midrib of large leaves.

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Donna O 4 months ago

Oh that's cute! What's that little bead of red stuff?

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#15 Japanese Spider Crab

Japanese Spider Crab

The Japanese spider crab lives in the waters near Japan and has the largest leg span of any arthropod, reaching up to 5.5 metres (18 ft). Despite looking ferocious, the crab has been reported to have a gentle disposition.

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Cassie 4 months ago

Giant sea nope.

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#16 Saiga Antelope

Saiga Antelope

This saiga, spread around the Eurasian steppe, is known for its an extremely unusual, over-sized, flexible nose structure, the proboscis. It is a critically endangered antelope.

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Lina S. 4 months ago

it looks exactly like an animal from the ice-age movies!

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#17 Spiny Bush Viper

Spiny Bush Viper

Atheris hispida is a venomous viper from Central Africa. For their extremely keeled dorsal scales they are often called "rough-scaled bush viper" and "spiny bush viper".

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Alicia Reese 4 months ago

Looks like a Pokeman character

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#18 Leafy Seadragon

Leafy Seadragon

Found along the southern and western coasts of Australia, the leafy seadragon is a marine fish with long leaf-like protrusions coming from all over the body, that serves as camouflage.

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Hamlets twin 4 months ago

That is one fabulous seahorse

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#19 Atretochoana Eiselti Or 'Penis Snake'

Atretochoana Eiselti Or 'Penis Snake'

Atretochoana eiselti is a species of caecilian with a broad, flat head and a fleshy dorsal fin on the body. Although it is not a snake, it's been called a 'penis snake' in the media.

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Didi 4 months ago

I knew about this animal because like an intellectual I've googled animals that look like dicks. There's a lot of them and it made me laugh

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#20 Dik-Dik

Dik-Dik

Found in the bushlands of eastern and southern Africa, dik-dik is the name for any of four species of small antelope in the genus Madoqua. Dik-diks are herbivores that can tolerate air temperatures of up to 40 °C (104 °F).

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glowworm2 4 months ago

The world's most unfortunately named antelope.

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#21 Lilac-Breasted Roller

Lilac-Breasted Roller

Widely distributed in sub-Saharan Africa and the southern Arabian Peninsula, the lilac-breasted roller is a colorful bird that likes perching in hight trees and other vantage points where it can spot prey at ground level. Their bright plumage is unmistakable with deep lilac breast feathers.

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Donna O 4 months ago

Oh wow, this is soooo pretty!

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#22 Mata Mata

Mata Mata

Found in South America, the mata mata is a freshwater turtle known for a large, triangular, flattened head characterized with many tubercles and flaps of skin, and a "horn" on its long and tubular snout.

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Andycat >_< 4 months ago

It’s a rock?

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#23 Sea Pig

Sea Pig

Scotoplanes are sea cucumbers that live on deep ocean bottoms, specifically on the abyssal plain in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Ocean, typically at depths of over 1000 meters. They are deposit feeders, and obtain food by extracting organic particles from deep-sea mud.

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#24 Superb Bird-Of-Paradise

Superb Bird-Of-Paradise

Superb bird-of-paradise is a small bird that has a small female population, therefore the competition amongst males is fierce. Because of that, they have one of the most bizarre and elaborate courtship displays in the avian world.The male is black with an iridescent green crown, blue-green breast cover and a long velvety black erectile cape covering his back, while the female is a reddish-brown bird with brownish barred buff below.... Read More

Superb bird-of-paradise is a small bird that has a small female population, therefore the competition amongst males is fierce. Because of that, they have one of the most bizarre and elaborate courtship displays in the avian world.The male is black with an iridescent green crown, blue-green breast cover and a long velvety black erectile cape covering his back, while the female is a reddish-brown bird with brownish barred buff below.

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GlassOfWater 4 months ago

If you haven't seen this dance please do. You will not regret it. I promise.

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#25 Satanic Leaf-Tailed Gecko

Satanic Leaf-Tailed Gecko

Satanic leaf-tailed gecko is a species of gecko that is found on the island of Madagascar. Their tail is flattened and appears to look like a leaf, helping the animal blend in within the environment.

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May Be 4 months ago

Interestingly, Satan is not a concept for geckos--only humans. Wonder why.

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