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The 10 Most Beautiful and Majestic Animals in the World

Thomas is an avid student of evolutionary history with a deep fondness for the natural world.

These animals are unusual species and wonders of evolution!

These animals are unusual species and wonders of evolution!

Millions of Species to Choose From

The natural world is resplendent with beautiful animals that reveal the wonders of evolution. This article will present ten creatures that are likely to captivate your imagination.

Do not expect to recognize many of the animals on this list. While some might be familiar, nature provides us with about nine million distinct species (although only 1.5 million have been identified). Beauty is not limited to the hundreds of animals that most people can readily identify.

Some fun facts will be provided about each of the ten animals. Whether for survival or mating, natural selection has endowed these creatures with unusual anatomical adaptations and spectacular panoplies of color!

The immensely colorful Madagascan sunset moth.

The immensely colorful Madagascan sunset moth.

1. Sunset Moth

Scientific Name: Chrysiridia rhipheus

Class: Insecta

Habitat: Madagascar

The Madagascan sunset moth is a uniquely colorful lepidopteran that is sought after by collectors. Its often asymmetrical pattern of colors is caused by the optical interference and scattering of light by curved, partially reflective scales on the moth's wings.

The Iridescent Scales of the Sunset Moth

Sunset moths have a wingspan up to 11 cm and are often mistaken for butterflies due to their color, tails, and habit of resting with their wings vertical. Their bright aposematic colors warn predators of their toxicity. In contrast, the moth's chrysalis looks like a covered corpse and the Malagasy people believe the emergent moth represents the risen soul of their dead ancestors.

2. Tiger

Scientific Name: Panthera tigris

Class: Mammalia

Habitat: Southeast Asia

The tiger is the largest and most eye-catching of the big cats. They can grow up to 3.9 meters in length and weigh over 300 kg. Tigers have a lifespan up to 26 years, though all six subspecies (Bengal, Siberian, Sumatran, Malayan, Indochinese and South China tigers) are endangered, with a total population of less than 4,000. The Bengal tiger is the most common and the Siberian is the largest.

Tigers live in India, southeast Asia, and the far east of Russia (Siberia). Their striped fur serves as camouflage in their natural habitat of long grasses and wooded areas where they hunt alone during the night. No two tigers have the same stripes and, underneath the fur, their skin is striped in the same pattern as above.

One of the most striking varieties of the poison dart frog.

One of the most striking varieties of the poison dart frog.

3. Poison Dart Frog

Scientific Name: Dendrobatidae

Class: Amphibia

Habitat: South and central America.

The poison dart frog (pictured: Dendrobates azureus) lives in South and central American rainforests, growing to between 1.5 and 6 cm in length. Indigenous people used the frog's toxic secretions to poison the tips of blow-darts, giving the frog its name. The secretions, which are being studied in medical trials, might also be used as muscle relaxants, appetite suppressants, and heart stimulants.

The poison dart frog's bright colors form `aposematic patterns', which serve to ward off predators by suggesting an unpalatable toxicity. There are around 175 closely related species of poison dart frog which vary in size and coloration. The most colorful are the 5 within the dendrobates genus.

The swallow-tailed hummingbird in flight.

The swallow-tailed hummingbird in flight.

4. Swallow-Tailed Hummingbird

Scientific Name: Eupetomena macroura

Class: Aves

Habitat: Brazil

The swallow-tailed hummingbird lives in east and central South America. It prefers semi-open areas, sparse woodland, coastal regions, and gardens, but will avoid dense rainforest. It has a long forked tail that comprises half of the bird's 16 cm length.

The swallow-tailed hummingbird has plumage that is a mixture of green, blue, and purple, and its wings flap at approximately 20 beats per second, allowing it to hover while feeding on flower nectar. They are aggressive towards other birds and will `dive-bomb' or pester birds as large as hawks!

The well camouflaged candy crab.

The well camouflaged candy crab.

5. Candy Crab

Scientific Name: Hoplophrys oatesi

Class: Malacostraca

Habitat: Indo-Pacific Ocean

The candy crab (Hoplophrys) belongs to a monotypic genus, meaning it has no closely related species. It grows to 2 cm long and can camouflage itself in bright colors to match the coral that forms its habitat. As well as red, the crab can turn white, yellow, and pink. It lives in the Indian and Pacific Oceans.

Despite its name, the candy crab really does not want to be eaten! It sometimes improves its camouflage by attaching bits of coral (polyps) to its body. The candy crab feeds on plankton that snag on the coral in its ocean habitat (i.e., salt water), although it can also survive in fresh water and on land.

A caracal on the prowl.

A caracal on the prowl.

6. Caracal

Scientific Name: Caracal caracal

Class: Mammalia

Habitat: Africa, Middle East, Central Asia, and western India.

The caracal (Felis caracal) gets its name from the Turkish words kara kulak, meaning `black ear'. It has a number of adaptations that allow it to live in a diverse range of habitats. These include its long, tufted, and highly flexible ears that help it hear the smallest of sounds, and powerful hind legs that allow it to leap several meters into the air to catch birds.

The caracal also eats small mammals, gazelles, and reptiles. It lives in Africa and the Middle East and can grow up to a meter long, plus a 30 cm tail. It prefers a semi-desert climate, having specialized foot pads and an ability to survive with very little water. Despite its beauty, caracals can be ferocious and do not make good pets.

The Zanzibar red colobus.

The Zanzibar red colobus.

7. Zanzibar Red Colobus

Scientific Name: Procolobus kirkii

Class: Mammalia

Habitat: Forests of Zanzibar.

The Zanzibar red colobus is a monkey that lives only on Zanzibar, an island off the coast of Tanzania, East Africa. They are an endangered species with no more than 3000 left in the wild. The people of Zanzibar hold negative views of the animal and call them `poison monkey' because of their unusual smell. They live in groups of up to 50 individuals, with a 1:2 ratio of males to females. The red colobus eats leaves, seeds, and flowers that it finds in forests, coastal areas, and swamps. They also eat unripe fruit because they cannot break down the sugars in ripe fruit. They are known to eat charcoal to aid digestion.

The colorful black backed kingfisher.

The colorful black backed kingfisher.

8. Black Backed Kingfisher

Scientific Name: Ceyx erithaca

Class: Aves

Habitat: India and Southeast Asia.

The black backed kingfisher is approximately 13 cm in length. It lives in southeast Asia and India close to streams and rivers in well-shaded, wooded areas. These kingfishers eat insects and snails as well as small lizards, frogs, and crabs by the riverside.

When the monsoon rains arrive, the black-backed kingfisher builds tunnel-like nests inside the walls of riverbanks that can be up to a meter long and can take more than a week to dig. The male and female kingfishers both take on the responsibility of incubating a clutch of eggs (usually 4 or 5), which hatch after 17 days.

9. Fennec Fox

Scientific Name: Vulpes zerda

Class: Mammalia

Habitat: The North African Sahara and the Middle East.

The fennec fox lives in North Africa and the Sahara. Its huge ears can grow up to 15 cm long. They radiate heat away from the animal and allow it to locate subterranean prey. The fennec fox is a predominantly nocturnal animal, hunting small mammals, birds, and insects at night.

The fennec fox can live up to 14 years and reach a size of 40 cm, not including its 30 cm tail. They can bark, purr, and snarl, and their natural predator is the eagle owl. To avoid becoming prey (or being captured), this fox is very nimble and can quickly change direction. 'Fennec' is the Arabic word for fox, and it is the national animal of Algeria.

The regal profile of the mandarin fish.

The regal profile of the mandarin fish.

10. Mandarin Fish

Scientific Name: Synchiropus splendidus

Class: Actinopterygii

Habitat: Pacific ocean

The mandarin fish swims in the south-west Pacific Ocean close to Australia, Taiwan, and the Philippines. Its array of color is similar to that of the robes worn by an Imperial Chinese mandarin or bureaucrat. The blue color comes from a cellular pigment that is unique to the species. The mandarin fish is only 6 cm long. It dwells in secluded lagoons and reefs, eating small crustaceans.

There are many beautiful animals that didn't make the list. These include the snow leopard, peacock, polar bear, ladybird, sea turtle, giant tortoise, penguin, emperor tamarin, fiery billed aracari, and the harpy eagle. Some other stunning creatures that I have neglected to mention are described below.

More Beautiful and Majestic Animals

NameDescriptionLocation

White Tiger

The white or "bleached" tiger (pictured below) is an albino variant of the Bengal tiger (it lacks pigmentation). They tend to grow faster and heavier than their orange cousins, however the small number of white tigers has led to deformities from inbreeding.

India

Siberian Husky

Although the Husky is a popular pet, its natural habitat is north-east Asia, where it is used for sled-pulling and protection, and where it evolved a thick arctic coat. It is closely related to the extinct Taymyr wolf.

North-eastern Asia

Panda Bear

The giant panda, or simply "panda," is easily recognizable from the black fur over its eyes, ears, muzzle, and legs. There have been notable efforts to conserve the nearly-extinct panda, although some conservationists think other species deserve more attention.

South and central China

Horse

A favorite animal for many, there are more than 300 breeds of horse and they live for up to 30 years.

Introduced Worldwide

Polar Bear

The polar bear is hypercarnivorous and the largest species of bear. Notable for its completely white fur, it is endangered due to climate change.

Arctic circle

Macaws

Macaws (New World parrots) are large, colorful birds that can often be found in zoos. They have long tails and thick, hooked beaks.

Across the Americas

A beautiful white tiger.

A beautiful white tiger.

Why Are Some Animals More Colorful?

Despite the striking appearance of the white tiger, beautiful animals tend to be more colorful. However, these colors are not intended to generate awe and wonder in human observers! Rather, they have specific causes and purposes.

Pigments: Pigments are colored chemicals in animal tissues, which absorb some colors of light and reflect others (those which we see). Melanin is a common pigment. Most animals are unable to synthesize the pigments that color the fur or feathers of the most beautiful animals (other than the brown or black melanins that give many mammals their earth tones).

The deployment of complex pigments is often for the purposes of self-defense or mating displays. For example:

Camouflage: Camouflage makes animals hard to see unless you look very carefully. If the animal is a predator (e.g., tiger), then camouflage will help it stay undetected by its prey. If the animal is prey (e.g., candy crab), then camouflage helps the animal to stay undetected by predators.

Aposematism: Some animals use exotic colors to warn potential predators that they are toxic (having absorbed naturally toxic chemicals) and not worth eating. The sunset moth and poison dart frog are two examples. Aposematism helps both the animal and its predator avoid harm. However, the latter is only true if the prey animal is actually toxic. Sometimes an animal will have evolved to mimic the appearance of a toxic animal to share in its protection.

Mating displays: Perhaps the most common use of color in mating displays is when birds display their feathers. Feathers can produce dazzling iridescent and metallic effects as they catch the light. These courtship dances are designed to showcase the birds' brilliant plumage to prospective mates.

The Peacock's Dazzling Mating Display

Beautiful Animals That Have Gone Extinct

Unfortunately, some beautiful animals are no longer with us. These include the Tasmanian tiger, the saber-toothed cat, and the recently-extinct Pinta Island tortoise, which were driven to extinction by hunting and habitat change.

We are currently living through a mass extinction caused by human impact on the climate and environment, and many of the beautiful animals described above may soon become extinct. Conservation efforts are underway, but it is often a losing battle.

Thank you for reading. Please leave a comment below if you think a beautiful animal is missing from this list.

© 2013 Thomas Swan

Comments

Mr Animal on September 01, 2020:

have you ever seen a Nilgiri Marten?

Aria on July 26, 2020:

I think peacocks and discus fish should be on there for sure!

Ariana on June 23, 2020:

Macaws!!

Kim on April 29, 2020:

Sable Antelope

Stunning animal

hehehehe on March 27, 2020:

cats and peacocks should be on the list too

Rubi on March 21, 2020:

I agree with Pablo Esquire that lions must be 1st on the list ! But I really appreciate seeing all different types of animal .

Rubi on March 21, 2020:

LIONS should be at least within the top 3

frostifire on October 04, 2019:

snow leopards and barn owls should be on this list

Rachel Alba on September 07, 2019:

Hi Thomas, What incredible pictures. I never saw such colorful fish and butterflies. Your animal pictures are amazing. Thank you for sharing. I also love the video of the candy crab. Thanks for sharing.

m,kokil singh on September 05, 2019:

All are miracle animals

hello on May 13, 2019:

I think wolves are also beautiful. In my list from 1st to 5th, the wolf would be 1st, then 2nd a lion, 3rd would be a cheetah, 4th would be a flamingo, and 5th would be a dolphin.

Sup on May 13, 2019:

How about a wolf? They are precious!

hi on March 20, 2019:

OMG that moth is real!?!?! I love the top wings especially; they look like they're faded in some kinda background!

alina on January 25, 2019:

flying peacocks are the beautiful birds.

Raymond on November 25, 2018:

south china tigers are extinct.

gertrude on September 18, 2018:

loved the moth

SaveTheEarthSaveTheAnimals on August 28, 2018:

This is an excellent article. I loved how he expressed his own opinion and did it his own way. I love these articles you post. Keep up!

To Pablo Esquire: Lions may be your favorite, doesn’t mean you can tell the publisher to make lions #1. Make one yourself about the lions if you think!

Arian tari on August 10, 2018:

You forget hyenas

Pablo Esquire on August 06, 2018:

Lions are number 1 in my opinion, so make number 1 lion

bright orji on July 19, 2018:

the most beatful animal on earth should be humans

Loko on July 13, 2018:

what about zebra?

peace on July 07, 2018:

Butterflies are pretty

Raju on May 10, 2018:

Black Backed Kingfisher and Candy Crab also more beautiful

animalfreak on February 12, 2018:

I love the sunset moth and the fennec fox

IluvHorses on January 29, 2018:

Horses should be the most beautiful mammal. Not just saying that coz I love them but coz it's true ;P

Pet on January 15, 2018:

Friesan horses are so pretty. And the poison dart frog and the Zanzibar Red Colobus aren't THAT pretty.

jajhcdf on January 10, 2018:

What about cheetahs?

Do not worry cheetahs i got your back.

⚜️Claudia⚜️ on December 25, 2017:

Flamingos are pretty

AGb2.0 on December 15, 2017:

Where are the wolves

Abree on December 14, 2017:

Sea Goldie, Ligers, White Tigers, clown triggerfish, Lions, LionFish, Discus, Triggerfish, Mantis Shrimp and many, many, MANY sharks.

dont ask on August 17, 2017:

the foxes aren't babies, they are just a small type of fox.

Siri on July 30, 2017:

The 2 baby foxes are adorable!!! #cute

Gah on May 02, 2017:

This site is very good for finding beautiful animals

Harley Davidson on March 11, 2017:

Fantastic choice!

Bob Junior on February 26, 2017:

this website is amazing, lovely photos of these outstanding animals.

Suresh Kumar on January 14, 2017:

Beautiful indeed! really appreciate. But since you have included a bird species why don't you look at Peacock and the golden fowl. They are really beautiful and stunning!!

Tks - Suresh, Delhi India

CaptainDag on December 22, 2016:

Those are beautiful top ten choices of animals. Nice Captions(:

Elizabeth on November 10, 2016:

Thx for these animals!Now I have some interesting animals for my power point! :D

Nicholas on September 12, 2016:

Good work Thomas, you know what? I am from Kenya, never heard of these animals from school, now I know.

Rachel L Alba from Every Day Cooking and Baking on April 19, 2016:

I never thought a moth could be beautiful, but the one in your picture sure is and so are all the other animals. Thanks for sharing.

Blessings to you.

Creeper from Aw Man on April 18, 2016:

Animals, magnificent things that are helpful and grand.

jenny on January 05, 2016:

I really liked the information!!! especially about the sun set moth... the information was soooooo... usefull!!

Thomas Swan (author) from New Zealand on August 13, 2015:

Thank you adevwriting! Indeed it is as beautiful as any butterfly. I bet the other moths are mighty proud of it too :D

Arun Dev from United Countries of the World on August 13, 2015:

Sunset moth is just as beautiful as a butterfly! Amazing! Voted up and shared!

Thomas Swan (author) from New Zealand on August 10, 2015:

Thank you for commenting Missy, and for all those who commented above who I didn't get to before. I've always loved birds, and especially hummingbirds, too. I wish I lived in an area where I could see some rare ones like that. It sure is difficult to like cats and birds at the same time. If only they could get along more!

Missy Smith from Florida on August 09, 2015:

I know the Mandarin fish very well. In one of my relationships, he and I had a hobby of saltwater tanks and fish. We had several of these little beauties. I picked them out, so they were some of my favorites in the tank.

In regard to saltwater creatures and organisms, that candy crab is interesting, and I admit I didn't know about that one. Very interesting! I really want a saltwater masterpiece to look at again, as I have since left that relationship and found myself without the time to have that hobby on my own. :(

I love birds, and hummingbirds have always been fascinating to me. We have a few bottle brush trees in our front yard in hopes of seeing some from time to time, but it seems the kitty cats may be preventing that. lol. I would love to see that swallow-tail hummingbird. :)

I love Wildcats. I love cats in general. I have like 10 domestics. They stay outside, but they are my little Wildcats. Tigers are beautiful. I believe they are probably my most favorite of all the Wildcats.

Loved your article!

Akriti Mattu from Shimla, India on May 13, 2015:

Nature is so beautiful . We have got to learn to respect and protect nature.

Yoleen Lucas from Big Island of Hawaii on April 24, 2015:

I'd like to add peacocks, especially the pied ones, to the list.

Rachel L Alba from Every Day Cooking and Baking on April 21, 2015:

Those colorful frogs are amazingly beautiful and so is the Sunset moth. The other animals are too but color always gets your attention. Beautiful hub.

Nico from Ottawa, ON on April 20, 2015:

I always thought Tigers were so beautiful it was mesmerizing.

Julie K Henderson on March 28, 2015:

Amazing creatures! I wish I could see a few of these animals in the wild.

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on March 10, 2015:

Beautiful, Thomas. I never heard of some of those animals before, while the others I have. Beautiful photos and great hub! Voted up!

Rebecca Be from Lincoln, Nebraska on March 06, 2015:

Beautiful choices...I love this article ... It is hard to choose which I like the best. I have posted this on TSU the new social network. You can look up my profile at tsu.co/Rebeccabe

Blackspaniel1 on February 24, 2015:

This is an excellent selection. I would be unable to choose a top ten animal images.

Thomas Swan (author) from New Zealand on February 21, 2015:

Thank you both for commenting here. Carrie, I'm happy to have introduced you to the candy crab! Aesta1, you're quite right that the Lion fish is spectacular.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on February 12, 2015:

I wish to see some of these beautiful creatures you listed here. One of the most beautiful creatures I have seen is the Lion fish.

Carrie Lee Night from Northeast United States on February 07, 2015:

Thank you for formally introducing me to the Candy Crab :) Quite a hidden colorful trickster. Voted Beautiful of course! :)

Thomas Swan (author) from New Zealand on January 02, 2015:

Thanks for commenting Joyfulcrown. I agree that the diversity of life is truly inspiring!

Joyfulcrown on January 02, 2015:

What an awesome hub. So many beautiful a color animals. God's creations are so inspiring.

Thomas Swan (author) from New Zealand on November 03, 2014:

Thanks for commenting askformore! I too have a special admiration for the Kingfisher. In Britain we get Kingfisher's that are blue and orange, but they're just as beautiful and graceful as the multicolored varieties.

askformore lm on November 02, 2014:

Several decades ago I lived in Kenya. I just loved the Kingfisher!

Thomas Swan (author) from New Zealand on October 27, 2014:

Thanks Suhail. I guess I can find beauty in strange places!

Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent from Mississauga, ON on October 26, 2014:

Beautiful hub about beautiful animals!

I may come up with a different list, but I believe yours is definitely a good one.

Oh and one final observation: you have a great eye to find beauty in the beast and the dangerous lol.

Thomas Swan (author) from New Zealand on September 20, 2014:

Thanks Greensleeves Hubs. I agree, there are probably many other animals that could make the list, including other coral creatures and frogs. I certainly haven't seen all 9 million species on Earth. The mandarin fish is a popular choice for sure!

Yea, the fennec fox is cute, and some people do mix cuteness with beauty. At least I didn't put kittens and puppies in here though! Mind you, husky dogs are magnificent animals.

I do like animals with unusual adaptations, so the aposematic colours of the poison dart frog stood it in good stead.

Greensleeves Hubs from Essex, UK on September 20, 2014:

Great photos Thomas including several creatures, I've never seen before. I guess for sheer colour I would go for the mandarin fish, though I'm sure there's many other multicoloured coral fish (and indeed other multicoloured coral animals) which would also be suitable candidates for this page.

Poison dart frogs are also one of my favourite groups of animals for their vivid warning colours including colours like blue and red which are unusual among land vertebrates, so it's good to see a particularly striking example of these included here.

As for the mammals, not sure if the fennec fox is the most 'beautiful', but I've thought since childhood that it's just the 'cutest' looking animal in the whole world!

Thomas Swan (author) from New Zealand on August 24, 2014:

Thank you for commenting Tristan. I agree that the Siberian Tiger is a very beautiful animal.

Incomeguru, thank you too. I'm sorry I missed your comment before. I wanted to represent many different classes of species here. The Red Colobus is a particularly striking monkey, and so it seemed apposite.

Tristan Janvier on August 24, 2014:

Very beautiful animals! The most beautiful animal to me has to be the white Siberian tiger! :)

Oyewole Folarin from Lagos on August 06, 2014:

I never knew Zanzibar red colobus could make the list of the top 10 most beautiful animals in the world. Interesting hub and the pictures were well fitted. Thanks!

Thomas Swan (author) from New Zealand on May 11, 2014:

Thank you lisa and Debby.

Debby Bruck on May 10, 2014:

Thumbs up on these gorgeous animal photographs.

Lisa VanVorst from New Jersey on May 10, 2014:

Very interesting and the pictures are beautiful, great hub!

Thomas Swan (author) from New Zealand on May 10, 2014:

Thanks ChitrangadaSharan! Tigers have always fascinated me too. When I first realized their stripes are a naturally selected adaptation, it somehow made them seem even more beautiful.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on May 10, 2014:

Wow! They are beautiful indeed. I am always fascinated by the majestic beauty of the Tigers.

Thanks for the list. Voted up!

Thomas Swan (author) from New Zealand on May 09, 2014:

Thanks Audrey! They certainly are.

Audrey Howitt from California on May 09, 2014:

Wow--these really are beautiful--just outstanding!

Thomas Swan (author) from New Zealand on May 07, 2014:

Thanks Lybrah, very kind of you to comment! I can't take credit for taking the photos, but I agree they are beautiful.

Lybrah on May 07, 2014:

I really liked the photographs.

Thomas Swan (author) from New Zealand on March 18, 2014:

Thank you all for the nice comments.

Grand old lady, I'm not sure why this type of hummingbird dive-bombs other birds. It happens more during the mating season. It's not just males though. The one that attacked a hawk (100x heavier than it) was a female. They are used to dominating smaller hummingbirds, which probably imbues them with a lot of confidence. Like you say, they certainly are brave though!

Spooky, that's true. Natural selection has molded such wonderful creatures for us to enjoy. Knowing the science of how they evolved makes the final product seem even more beautiful. However, us humans are also products of natural selection, such that we innately find some creatures horrible and disgusting (insects, arachnids, snakes, scorpions), though some of us can overcome that aversion.

Thank you for commenting carrie. I suppose humans are the most beautiful animals of all, but it's no contest really! Lets give everything else a chance :). I'm surprised you called us creatures. You sound religious (nothing wrong with that) and, in my experience, religious people tend to think we're special and distinct from the animal kingdom.

Carrie Lee Night from Northeast United States on March 17, 2014:

I enjoy the beauty in everything. Thank you for sharing this wonderful hub :) God has created such amazing creatures, but you forgot to include humans :)

spooky on March 02, 2014:

all animals are beautiful....even the ugly ones!

Mona Sabalones Gonzalez from Philippines on February 18, 2014:

Love your selection of beautiful animals. Why would a hummingbird dive bomb an eagle? Talk about beauty and brawn, hahaha. The mandarin fish is lovely and the red colobus seems to combine beauty with elegance, delicateness and motherliness. And who would have thought a moth could be so colorful? Lovely animals indeed fill our awesome earth.

Nikolic Predrag from Serbia, Belgrade on February 05, 2014:

Great hub Thomas, I love animals and this is so amazing. Thanks for sharing this.

Jimmy432 on December 28, 2013:

Lovely post. Hummingbird is my favorite choice though! :D

Martin VK from Copenhagen, Denmark on December 18, 2013:

I loved this Hub and all the beautiful animals :)

Gous Ahmed from Muslim Nation on December 11, 2013:

That poison Dart Frog looks scary!!! Fantastic hub! These are truly beautiful animals.

Thomas Swan (author) from New Zealand on October 03, 2013:

Thanks for commenting Sam. They certainly are!

Jandee, I hope the painting went well! If you did/do one, you should take a photo and put it in a hub.

SAM ELDER from Home on October 03, 2013:

I used to have mandarin fish in my salt water tank, beautiful creature..

jandee from Liverpool.U.K on September 17, 2013:

Thomas the mandarin fish looked like a Van Gogh painting . I am going to have a go at painting one.best from jandee

Thomas Swan (author) from New Zealand on September 17, 2013:

Thanks jandee, I'm flattered you think I have such a good eye for beauty!

tw6852, me too! Though, I think we attribute too much beauty to larger animals at the expense of smaller ones.

Taylor from Southern California on September 16, 2013:

I just got a chance to scuba dive in Palau, and I saw a few mandarin fish....I was kind of sad they were so small!

jandee from Liverpool.U.K on September 16, 2013:

Thomas you certainly can recognise beauty.best from jandee

Thomas Swan (author) from New Zealand on September 13, 2013:

Thank you tw6852 and IslandBites for your comments!

IslandBites from Puerto Rico on September 13, 2013:

Love the mandarin fish and the caracal, and of course, the gorgeous tiger.

Taylor from Southern California on September 11, 2013:

Great hub! I am so glad you put the Mandarin Fish on here.

Thomas Swan (author) from New Zealand on August 15, 2013:

Thanks for commenting wish-list-gifts. That is certainly a popular picture based on the comments!

Clara Myers from USA on August 14, 2013:

That mandarin fish is a stunner. I had a saltwater tank for a while so I know how difficult it is to keep alive.

Thomas Swan (author) from New Zealand on August 14, 2013:

Cheers epbooks! Thanks for commenting.

Elizabeth Parker from Las Vegas, NV on August 13, 2013:

Wow- these are beautiful pictures. Love this hub!

Thomas Swan (author) from New Zealand on August 06, 2013:

Thanks Wiccan!

Mackenzie Sage Wright on August 05, 2013:

Such amazing images. Interesting info.

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