Most Beautiful and Majestic Animals in the World

Updated on November 27, 2018
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Thomas is an avid student of evolutionary history and has 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! | Source

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 nine 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!

Most Beautiful Animals in the World

  1. Sunset Moth
  2. Tiger
  3. Poison Dart Frog
  4. Swallow-Tailed Hummingbird
  5. Candy Crab
  6. Caracal
  7. Zanzibar Red Colobus
  8. Black Backed Kingfisher
  9. Fennec Fox
  10. Mandarin Fish

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

1. Sunset Moth

Scientific Name: Chrysiridia rhipheus

Class: Insecta

Habitat: Madagascar

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.

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

2. Tiger

Scientific Name: Panthera tigris

Class: Mammalia

Habitat: Throughout Southeast Asia

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 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. 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.

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

3. Poison Dart Frog

Scientific Name: Dendrobatidae

Class: Amphibia

Habitat: They are found in tropical rainforests, including in Bolivia, Costa Rica, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Suriname, French Guiana, Peru, Panama, Guyana, Nicaragua, and Hawaii (introduced).

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.

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

4. Swallow-Tailed Hummingbird

Scientific Name: Eupetomena macroura

Class: Aves

Habitat: Brazil

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!

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

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.

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

6. Caracal

Scientific Name: Caracal caracal

Class: Mammalia

Habitat: Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, and 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. 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.

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

7. Zanzibar Red Colobus

Scientific Name: Procolobus kirkii

Class: Mammalia

Habitat: Forests of Zanzibar

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.

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

8. Black Backed Kingfisher

Scientific Name: Ceyx erithaca

Class: Aves

Habitat: Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia.

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.

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

9. Fennec Fox

Scientific Name: Vulpes zerda

Class: Mammalia

Habitat: The Sahara of North Africa, the Sinai Peninsula, South West Israel (Arava desert) and the Arabian desert.

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.

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

10. Mandarin Fish

Scientific Name: Synchiropus splendidus

Class: Actinopterygii

Habitat: The mandarin fish is native to the Pacific, ranging approximately from the Ryukyu Islands south to Australia.

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.

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!

More Beautiful and Majestic Animals

Name
Description
Location
White Tiger
The white tiger or bleached tiger is a pigmentation variant of the Bengal tiger, which is reported in the wild from time to time in the Indian states of Madhya Pradesh, Assam, West Bengal and Bihar in the Sunderbans region and especially in the former State of Rewa.
India
Siberian Husky
It is recognizable by its thickly furred double coat, erect triangular ears, and distinctive markings.
Eastern Asia
Panda Bear
The giant panda, also known as panda bear or simply panda, is a bear native to south central China. It is easily recognized by the large, distinctive black patches around its eyes, over the ears, and across its round body.
South central China
Stallion
A stallion is a male horse that has not been gelded.
Introduced Worldwide
Polar Bear
The polar bear is a hypercarnivorous bear whose native range lies largely within the Arctic Circle, encompassing the Arctic Ocean, its surrounding seas and surrounding land masses.
Arctic Circle
Macaws
Macaws are long-tailed, often colorful New World parrots.
Native to Central America and North America (only Mexico), South America, and formerly the Caribbean
Swan
Swans' legs are normally a dark blackish grey colour, except for the two South American species, which have pink legs.
Northern Hemisphere (with a few exceptions)

Why Are Some Animals More Colorful?

Pigments: Pigments are colored chemicals in animal tissues. Melanin is one example of this. Many animals are unable to synthesize most of the pigments that color their fur or feathers (other than the brown or black melanins that give many mammals their earth tones). Many birds and sea creatures have complex pigments for the purposes of self-defense and for mating displays.

Camouflage: Camouflage makes animals hard to see unless you look very carefully. If the animal is a carnivore, then camouflage will help it stay undetected by its prey. If the animal is a prey, then camouflage helps the animal to stay undetected by the predator.

Mating displays: One example of a complicated mating courtship involves feathers. Feathers 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. Although color is always as important in human courtship rituals, neurobiology suggests that good dressers and dancers are more likely to succeed in reproduction.

What Makes Animals Look Different From One Another?

Organisms have differences that help them adapt to and survive in their environments. Animals look different because their bodies were required to adapt in order to survive. Many organisms have similar body plans. For example, horses', donkeys', and zebras' bodies are set up in a similar way. This is because they are descended from a common ancestor. Even as organisms adapt and evolve, not everything about them changes. Here are some animals that won the evolutionary game by growing to extreme sizes.

Biggest Animals on Earth

Animal
Size
Location
Blue whale
300,000 lbs (up to 100 ft long)
North Atlantic and North Pacific, Southern oceans
Giraffe
Male: 16 – 20 ft. (1,800 lbs)
Savanna, Grassland, Woodland in Africa
Saltwater crocodile
880 – 2,200 lbs (14 – 17 ft.)
Indo-Pacific region
Colossal squid
39 – 46 ft
Antarctic
Hippopotamus
3,300 – 4,000 lbs (11 – 17 ft.)
Sub-Saharan Africa
Whale shark
18 – 33 ft. (41,000 lbs)
Throughout the oceans
African Elephant
18 – 21 ft. (13,000 lbs)
Sub-Saharan Africa

Strange Adaptations

Nature can be cruel and relentless. Faced with competition for resources and hostile climates, life can be difficult for animals. In order to survive, some animals adapted in some pretty interesting ways. Most animals have failed the tests of global changes (even ones with the strangest adaptations). Here are seven animals that have adapted in some fascinating ways in order to survive.

Strangest Looking Animals on Earth

Animal
Description
Location
Pink Fairy Armadillo
The smallest species of armadillo recognized for its pink boney armored shell.
Central Argentina
Aye-aye
The aye-aye is a lemur, a strepsirrhine primate native to Madagascar that combines rodent-like teeth that perpetually grow and a special thin middle finger.
Madagascar
The Maned Wolf
The maned wolf is the largest canid of South America. Its markings resemble those of foxes, but it is not a fox, nor is it a wolf.
South America
Tufted Deer
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.
Central China and northeastern Myanmar
Dumbo Octopus
The name "dumbo" originates from their resemblance to the title character of Disney's 1941 film Dumbo, having a prominent ear-like fin which extends from the mantle above each eye.
New Zealand, Australia, Monterey Bay, Oregon, Philippines, Martha's Vineyard, Papua New Guinea and Azores.
Naked Mole Rat
The naked mole-rat, also known as the sand puppy, is a burrowing rodent native to parts of East Africa.
East Africa
The Gerenuk
The gerenuk, also known as the giraffe gazelle, is a long-necked antelope found in the Horn of Africa and the drier parts of East Africa.
East Africa

Why Are Some Animals So Dangerous?

Animals develop defense mechanisms in order to product themselves and their offspring. While sharks and crocodiles may star in the movies, neither of these creatures are even close to being the most dangerous. While there are many ferocious beasts, the most dangerous animals might surprise you. Here are seven of the most dangerous animals in the world.

Most Dangerous Animals on Earth

Animal
Why?
Location
Mosquito
Mosquitoes transmit diseases to almost 700 million people annually resulting in 2 to 3 million deaths every year.
Throughout the world
Elelphant
The world’s largest land animal, elephants can be fiercely aggressive and have been known to trample even a rhinoceros or two to death.
Sub-Saharan Africa
Hippopotamus
They have been known to attack humans without provocation even to the point of destroying entire vehicles.
Sub-Saharan Africa
Blue Ringed Octopus
This dangerous animal holds enough venom to kill 26 full grown adults.
Coral reefs in the Pacific and Indian oceans, from Japan to Australia.
Brazilian Wandering Spider
The most venomous spider in the world.
Brazil
Carpet Viper
Bites occur in areas that lack modern medical facilities so the victims slowly bleed to death over the course of several weeks.
Northeast Africa
Tse Tse Fly
This fly is the primary carrier of African Sleeping Sickness and is therefore indirectly responsible for killing up to a quarter of a million people every year.
Africa

© 2013 Thomas Swan

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      hello 

      2 months ago

      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.

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      Sup 

      2 months ago

      How about a wolf? They are precious!

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      hi 

      4 months ago

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

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      alina 

      5 months ago

      flying peacocks are the beautiful birds.

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      Raymond 

      7 months ago

      south china tigers are extinct.

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      gertrude 

      10 months ago

      loved the moth

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      SaveTheEarthSaveTheAnimals 

      10 months 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 

      11 months ago

      You forget hyenas

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      Pablo Esquire 

      11 months ago

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

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      bright orji 

      12 months ago

      the most beatful animal on earth should be humans

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      Loko 

      12 months ago

      what about zebra?

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      peace 

      12 months ago

      Butterflies are pretty

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      Raju 

      14 months ago

      Black Backed Kingfisher and Candy Crab also more beautiful

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      animalfreak 

      17 months ago

      I love the sunset moth and the fennec fox

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      IluvHorses 

      17 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 

      18 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 

      18 months ago

      What about cheetahs?

      Do not worry cheetahs i got your back.

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      ⚜️Claudia⚜️ 

      19 months ago

      Flamingos are pretty

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      AGb2.0 

      19 months ago

      Where are the wolves

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      Abree 

      19 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 

      23 months ago

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

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      Siri 

      24 months ago

      The 2 baby foxes are adorable!!! #cute

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      Gah 

      2 years ago

      This site is very good for finding beautiful animals

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      Harley Davidson 

      2 years ago

      Fantastic choice!

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      Bob Junior 

      2 years ago

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

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      Suresh Kumar 

      2 years 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 

      2 years ago

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

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      Elizabeth 

      2 years 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 

      3 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 

      3 years ago from Austin TX

      Animals, magnificent things that are helpful and grand.

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      jenny 

      3 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 

      4 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 

      4 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 

      4 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 

      4 years ago from Ottawa, ON

      I always thought Tigers were so beautiful it was mesmerizing.

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      Julie K Henderson 

      4 years ago

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

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      Kristen Howe 

      4 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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      Rebecca Be 

      4 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 

      4 years ago

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

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      Thomas Swan 

      4 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 

      4 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 

      4 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 

      4 years ago from New Zealand

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

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      Joyfulcrown 

      4 years ago

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

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      Thomas Swan 

      4 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 

      4 years ago

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

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      Thomas Swan 

      4 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 

      4 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 

      5 years ago from New Zealand

      Thank you lisa and Debby.

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      Debby Bruck 

      5 years ago

      Thumbs up on these gorgeous animal photographs.

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      Lisa VanVorst 

      5 years ago from New Jersey

      Very interesting and the pictures are beautiful, great hub!

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      Thomas Swan 

      5 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 

      5 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 

      5 years ago from New Zealand

      Thanks Audrey! They certainly are.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      5 years ago from California

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

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      Thomas Swan 

      5 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 

      5 years ago

      I really liked the photographs.

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      Thomas Swan 

      5 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 

      5 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 

      5 years ago

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

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 

      5 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 

      5 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 

      5 years ago

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

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      Martin VK 

      5 years ago from Copenhagen, Denmark

      I loved this Hub and all the beautiful animals :)

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      Gous Ahmed 

      5 years ago from Muslim Nation

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

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      Thomas Swan 

      5 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 

      5 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 

      6 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 

      6 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 

      6 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 

      6 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 

      6 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 

      6 years ago from New Zealand

      Cheers PaoloJpm!

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      John Paolo B.Magdaluyo 

      6 years ago from Philippine

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

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      Thomas Swan 

      6 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 

      6 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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      Marc Hubs 

      6 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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