An Alphabetical List of the World’s Largest Animals

This page contains an alphabetic list of all the animals featured on this site. Look up your favourite big animal, and see what makes it so special!

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African Bush Elephant – heaviest land animal
Amazonian Giant Centipede – see Scolopendra Gigantea
American Lobster – heaviest arthropod and crustacean
Anaconda – see Green Anaconda
Antarctic Squid – see Colossal Squid
Anthropornis – biggest ever penguin
Arthropleura – biggest ever land invertebrate
Asiatic Reticulated Python – see Reticulated Python
Atlas Moth – largest moth, insect with the biggest wings

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B

Beach Stone-curlew – heaviest wader (shorebird)
Beach Thick-knee – see Beach Stone-curlew
Blue Whale – biggest animal

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C

Caecilian Thompsoni – world’s biggest caecilian
Capybara – world’s biggest rodent
Catala’s Starfish – heaviest echinoderm and starfish
Chinese Giant Salamander – world’s biggest amphibian
Coconut Crab
– biggest land arthropod and crustacean
Colossal Squid – biggest mollusk, biggest invertebrate
Common Anaconda – see Green Anaconda
Cook Strait Tuatara – biggest tuatara
Crowned Pigeon – biggest tree-living pigeon
Cuban Giant Owl – biggest owl ever

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D

Diprotodon – biggest ever marsupial mammal
Dodo – biggest ever pigeon

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E

Elephant Bird – heaviest ever bird
Emperor Penguin – biggest penguin
Eurasian Eagle Owl – biggest owl

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F

Far Eastern Curlew – biggest wader (shorebird)

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G

Galápagos Tortoise or Galápagos Giant Tortoise – biggest tortoise
Giant Cranch Squid – see Colossal Squid
Giant Cursorial Owl – see Cuban Giant Owl
Giant Ghana Snail – biggest snail
Giant Golden-Crowned Flying Fox – biggest bat
Giant Moa – tallest ever bird
Giant Velvet Worm – see Unnamed Species of Velvet Worm
Gigantopithecus – biggest ever primate
Giraffe – tallest land animal
Golden-Capped Fruit Bat – see Giant Golden-Crowned Flying Fox
Goliath Beetle – heaviest insect
Goliath Bird-Eating Spider – biggest spider
Goliath Frog – biggest frog
Greater Flamingo – biggest flamingo
Green Anaconda – heaviest snake
Green Peafowl – galliforme with the biggest wingspan

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H

Hippopotamus – heaviest even-toed ungulate
Hyacinth Macaw – longest parrot, biggest flying parrot

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J

Japanese Spider Crab – biggest arthropod and crustacean
Josephoartigasia Monesi – biggest ever rodent

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K

Kakapo – heaviest parrot
King Cobra – largest venomous snake
Komodo Dragon – biggest lizard
Kori Bustard – heaviest flying bird

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L

Leatherback Sea Turtle – biggest turtle
Leedsichthys – biggest ever fish
Lion’s Mane Jellyfish – biggest jellyfish
Little Barrier Island Giant Weta – biggest adult insect

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M

Manta Ray – biggest ray
Marabou Stork
– biggest stork
Marquesan Imperial Pigeon
– biggest pigeon
Megachile Pluto – biggest bee
Megalania – biggest ever land lizard
Megalodon Shark – biggest ever shark
Midgardia Xandaros – biggest starfish and echinoderm (longest arms, not the heaviest)
Mountain Gorilla – biggest primate

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N

North American Wild Turkey – biggest galliforme

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O

Ostrich – biggest bird
Owl Parrot – see Kakapo

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P

Peruvian Giant Yellow Leg Centipede – see Scolopendra Gigantea
Polar Bear
– biggest land Carnivoran

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R

Red Kangaroo – biggest marsupial mammal
Reticulated Python – longest snake
Robber Crab – see Coconut Crab.

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S

Saltwater Crocodile – biggest reptile
Scolopendra Gigantea – biggest poisonous centipede
Southern Elephant Seal – biggest carnivoran
Square-Lipped Rhinoceros – see White Rhinoceros

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T

Thompson’s Caecilian – see Caecilian Thompsoni
Titanoboa – biggest ever Snake
Titanomyrma – biggest ant
Trichoplax Adhaerens – biggest (and only) Placozoan
Trumpeter Swan – biggest waterfowl
Tylosaurus – biggest ever lizard, biggest ever marine reptile

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U

Unnamed species of Velvet Worm – biggest Velvet Worm

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W

Wallace’s Giant Bee – see Megachile Pluto
Wandering Albatross – biggest flying bird
Water Boa – see Green Anaconda
Western Long Beaked Echidna – biggest monotreme
Wetapunga – see Little Barrier Island Giant Weta
Whale Shark – biggest fish
White Rhinoceros – biggest odd-toed ungulate, fourth biggest land animal

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