Top 10 Most Beautiful Animals in the World

Updated on June 8, 2016
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Thomas is an avid student of evolutionary history and has a deep fondness for the natural world.

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 almost 9 million distinct species. Beauty is not limited to the hundreds of animals that we 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!

10. Mandarin Fish

The regal profile of the mandarin fish.
The regal profile of the mandarin fish. | Source

The mandarin fish (Synchiropus splendidus) 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.

9. Fennec Fox

Two young fennec foxes.
Two young fennec foxes. | Source

The fennec fox (Vulpes zerda) 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. It 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. 'Fennec' is the Arabic word for fox, and it is the national animal of Algeria.

8. Black Backed Kingfisher

The colorful black backed kingfisher.
The colorful black backed kingfisher. | Source

The black backed kingfisher (Ceyx erithaca) 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. They build tunnel-like nests in the riverbanks that can be up to a meter long. These nests can take more than a week to dig.

7. Zanzibar Red Colobus

The Zanzibar red colobus.
The Zanzibar red colobus. | Source

The Zanzibar red colobus (Procolobus kirkii) is a monkey that lives only on Zanzibar, an island off the coast of Tanzania. 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.

6. Caracal

A caracal on the prowl.
A caracal on the prowl. | Source

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. They also eat small mammals, gazelles, and reptiles. The caracal lives in Africa and the Middle East and can grow up to a meter long, plus a 30 cm tail.

5. Candy Crab

The well camouflaged candy crab.
The well camouflaged candy crab. | Source

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.

4. Swallow-Tailed Hummingbird

The swallow-tailed hummingbird in flight.
The swallow-tailed hummingbird in flight. | Source

The swallow-tailed hummingbird (Eupetomena macroura) 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. Its plumage 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!

3. Poison Dart Frog

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

The poison dart frog (pictured: Dendrobates azureus) lives in Central and South 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. Their 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.

2. Tiger

The striking beauty of the tiger.
The striking beauty of the tiger. | Source

The tiger (Panthera tigris) is the largest and most eye-catching of the big cats. They can grow up to 3.3 meters in length and weigh over 300 kg. Tigers have a lifespan up to 26 years, though all 6 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. They 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. Underneath the fur, their skin is striped in the same pattern.

1. Sunset Moth

The immensely colorful Madagascan sunset moth.
The immensely colorful Madagascan sunset moth. | Source

The Madagascan sunset moth (Chrysiridia rhipheus) 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. 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.

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.

Of course, there are many other stunning creatures that I have neglected to mention. Please post any suggestions in the comments section below. Thanks for visiting this list of the ten most beautiful animals in the world. I hope you enjoyed it!

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        SaveTheEarthSaveTheAnimals 

        3 weeks ago

        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!

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        Arian tari 

        5 weeks ago

        You forget hyenas

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        Pablo Esquire 

        6 weeks ago

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

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        bright orji 

        2 months ago

        the most beatful animal on earth should be humans

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        Loko 

        2 months ago

        what about zebra?

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        peace 

        2 months ago

        Butterflies are pretty

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        Raju 

        4 months ago

        Black Backed Kingfisher and Candy Crab also more beautiful

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        animalfreak 

        7 months ago

        I love the sunset moth and the fennec fox

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        IluvHorses 

        7 months ago

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

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        Pet 

        8 months ago

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

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        jajhcdf 

        8 months ago

        What about cheetahs?

        Do not worry cheetahs i got your back.

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        ⚜️Claudia⚜️ 

        8 months ago

        Flamingos are pretty

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        AGb2.0 

        9 months ago

        Where are the wolves

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        Abree 

        9 months ago

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

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        dont ask 

        13 months ago

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

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        Siri 

        13 months ago

        The 2 baby foxes are adorable!!! #cute

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        Gah 

        16 months ago

        This site is very good for finding beautiful animals

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        Harley Davidson 

        18 months ago

        Fantastic choice!

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        Bob Junior 

        18 months ago

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

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        Suresh Kumar 

        20 months ago

        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

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        CaptainDag 

        21 months ago

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

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        Elizabeth 

        22 months ago

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

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        Nicholas 

        2 years ago

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

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        Rachel L Alba 

        2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

        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.

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        Gavin Heinz 

        2 years ago from Austin TX

        Animals, magnificent things that are helpful and grand.

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        jenny 

        2 years ago

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

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        Thomas Swan 

        3 years ago from New Zealand

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

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        Arun Dev 

        3 years ago from United Countries of the World

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

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        Thomas Swan 

        3 years ago from New Zealand

        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!

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        Missy Smith 

        3 years ago from Florida

        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!

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        Akriti Mattu 

        3 years ago from Shimla, India

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

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        Yoleen Lucas 

        3 years ago from Big Island of Hawaii

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

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        Rachel L Alba 

        3 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

        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.

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        Nico 

        3 years ago from Ottawa, ON

        I always thought Tigers were so beautiful it was mesmerizing.

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        Julie K Henderson 

        3 years ago

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

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        Kristen Howe 

        3 years ago from Northeast Ohio

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

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        R Beggs 

        3 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

        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

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        Blackspaniel1 

        3 years ago

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

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        Thomas Swan 

        3 years ago from New Zealand

        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.

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        Mary Norton 

        3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        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.

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        Carrie Lee Night 

        3 years ago from Northeast United States

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

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        Thomas Swan 

        3 years ago from New Zealand

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

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        Joyfulcrown 

        3 years ago

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

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        Thomas Swan 

        3 years ago from New Zealand

        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.

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        askformore lm 

        3 years ago

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

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        Thomas Swan 

        3 years ago from New Zealand

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

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        Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 

        3 years ago from Mississauga, ON

        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.

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        Thomas Swan 

        4 years ago from New Zealand

        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.

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        Greensleeves Hubs 

        4 years ago from Essex, UK

        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!

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        Thomas Swan 

        4 years ago from New Zealand

        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.

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        Tristan Janvier 

        4 years ago

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

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        Oyewole Folarin 

        4 years ago from Lagos

        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!

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        Thomas Swan 

        4 years ago from New Zealand

        Thank you lisa and Debby.

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        Debby Bruck 

        4 years ago

        Thumbs up on these gorgeous animal photographs.

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        Lisa VanVorst 

        4 years ago from New Jersey

        Very interesting and the pictures are beautiful, great hub!

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        Thomas Swan 

        4 years ago from New Zealand

        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.

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        Chitrangada Sharan 

        4 years ago from New Delhi, India

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

        Thanks for the list. Voted up!

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        Thomas Swan 

        4 years ago from New Zealand

        Thanks Audrey! They certainly are.

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        Audrey Howitt 

        4 years ago from California

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

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        Thomas Swan 

        4 years ago from New Zealand

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

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        Lybrah 

        4 years ago

        I really liked the photographs.

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        Thomas Swan 

        4 years ago from New Zealand

        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.

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        Carrie Lee Night 

        4 years ago from Northeast United States

        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 :)

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        spooky 

        4 years ago

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

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        Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 

        4 years ago from Philippines

        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.

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        Nikolic Predrag 

        4 years ago from Serbia, Belgrade

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

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        Jimmy432 

        4 years ago

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

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        Martin VK 

        4 years ago from Copenhagen, Denmark

        I loved this Hub and all the beautiful animals :)

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        Gous Ahmed 

        4 years ago from Muslim Nation

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

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        Thomas Swan 

        4 years ago from New Zealand

        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.

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        SAM ELDER 

        4 years ago from Home

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

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        jandee 

        5 years ago from Liverpool.U.K

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

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        Thomas Swan 

        5 years ago from New Zealand

        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.

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        Taylor 

        5 years ago from Southern California

        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!

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        jandee 

        5 years ago from Liverpool.U.K

        Thomas you certainly can recognise beauty.best from jandee

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        Thomas Swan 

        5 years ago from New Zealand

        Thank you tw6852 and IslandBites for your comments!

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        IslandBites 

        5 years ago from Puerto Rico

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

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        Taylor 

        5 years ago from Southern California

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

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        Thomas Swan 

        5 years ago from New Zealand

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

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        Clara Myers 

        5 years ago from USA

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

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        Thomas Swan 

        5 years ago from New Zealand

        Cheers epbooks! Thanks for commenting.

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        Elizabeth Parker 

        5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

        Wow- these are beautiful pictures. Love this hub!

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        Thomas Swan 

        5 years ago from New Zealand

        Thanks Wiccan!

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        Mackenzie Sage Wright 

        5 years ago

        Such amazing images. Interesting info.

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        Thomas Swan 

        5 years ago from New Zealand

        Thank you Mklow1 and Jonathan for commenting. The Snow Leopard is a popular choice for many. I'm happy that your children get to experience the sights. It will help them to appreciate nature, bringing mutual benefit.

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        Mklow1 

        5 years ago

        I like how you chose to write about something so positive and uplifting. I always take my children for walks outside to examine nature close up and ask them questions. This is a wonderful and inspiring Hub.

        If I could add one, it would have to be the Snow Leopard. Rare, but very beautiful.

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        Jonathan 

        5 years ago

        Im a huge animal lover, and in my opinion every animal, insect, reptile, all of it is beautiful

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        Thomas Swan 

        5 years ago from New Zealand

        Thanks brownella. I love facts about how animals have adapted to their habitats. The sand cat sounds a bit like the caracal, which lives in semi-desert conditions. They also have paws adapted to walking on sand. I wrote all about the many adaptations it has in another hub. Awesome creatures too.

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        brownella 

        5 years ago from New England

        Great hub. I just read an article about sand cats, how the hair on the soles of their paws disguises their tracks, insulates them from the heat of the sand and prevents them from sinking when they walk...they really are amazing little creatures. Thanks for sharing :)

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        Thomas Swan 

        5 years ago from New Zealand

        Cheers PaoloJpm!

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        John Paolo B.Magdaluyo 

        5 years ago from Philippine

        Good list they all look adorable especially number 8, 6 and 2.

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        Thomas Swan 

        5 years ago from New Zealand

        No problem iguidenetwork; thanks for commenting. I agree, and it was a joy to research these wonderful creatures.

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        iguidenetwork 

        5 years ago from Austin, TX

        The mandarin fish is spectacular. And so is the sunset moth -- a standout to its other drab-looking relatives. Thanks for posting. :)

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        Sparkster Publishing 

        5 years ago from United Kingdom

        Indeed, it has been suggested that we know more about space than we do about what's under the ocean!

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        Thomas Swan 

        5 years ago from New Zealand

        Thanks for the comment sparkster! 8.7 million to be precise, but no harm in rounding up considering there are probably more to discover in the ocean depths, or under the polar ice!

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        Sparkster Publishing 

        5 years ago from United Kingdom

        Wow! What a beautiful hub. 9 million distinct species? I did not know that! It's amazing how versatile life on Earth is.

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        Thomas Swan 

        5 years ago from New Zealand

        Thanks for commenting Carol. I agree that in terms of majesty and presence, the tiger is unparalleled.

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        Carol Wachtell 

        5 years ago

        Nothing can compare with the majestic, powerful and awesome beauty of a tiger.

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        Thomas Swan 

        5 years ago from New Zealand

        Cheers khmazz and Carly! The mandarin fish is certainly a popular choice. Makes me think I should have put it higher, but at least it's in there I suppose! Thanks for visiting!

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        Carly Sullens 

        5 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

        I love all the visuals and all the time you took collecting the information. Mandarin Fish is my favorite!

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