Lots of things around us have misleading names. Peanuts, for instance, aren't nuts. And strawberries aren't actually berries. Even The Hundred Years' War lasted for 116 years. And when it comes to how we name animals, we don't always do the best job. See how many of these animal misnomers you can decipher.
What color is a white rhinoceros?
While it's true they do prefer to live on prairies, are prairie dogs real dogs?
no, they're actually ground squirrels
no, they're actually chinchillas
The name starfish is a little misleading. Are they fish?
no, they're Tunicata, like sea squirts
no, they're echinoderms, like sand dollars
Bearcat: Bear or cat?
What kind of animal are koala?
The slow worm isn't a worm, but rather a limbless what?
Are flying foxes real?
yes, certain fox can fly
yes, but they're actually bats
no, there's no such thing
Which of these is a sea cucumber related to?
If electric eels aren't eels, what are they?
The thylacine, also known as the Tasmanian wolf or the Tasmanian tiger, was the largest carnivorous what, until it went extinct during the 20th century?
If the killer whale isn't a whale, nor a fish as its "blackfish" nickname would suggest, what kind of animal is it?
What type of wildfowl is the African pygmy goose?
What kind of insect is a firefly?
Which cephalopod doesn't want to suck your blood, nor is it really a squid?
The "horny toad" or "horned toad" isn't actually what?
Mudpuppies aren't puppies. In fact, they're not even mammals.What type of species is this underwater dweller?
Males and females are both covered in velvety down hairs, but "velvet ants" are actually what type of insect?
This crustacean throws what some scientists call the strongest punch in the animal kingdom, at speeds of up to 51 mph. But behind its war hammer, the mantis shrimp is keeping what secret?
it's a mantis, not a shrimp
it's a shrimp, not a mantis
it's a stomatopod
Dragonfly: dragon or fly?
Jellyfish aren't, under the rules of biology, actually fish. What are they?
Which cobra is an imposter?
banded water cobra
false water cobra
Where does the Guinea pig come from?
Are glowworms more closely related to worms or to fireflies?
Which are fisher cats most closely related to?
Why is the giant ditch frog called the "mountain chicken"?
it has a beak
it has a wattle
it tastes like chicken
Which of these terrible swimmers is a fish?
The closest to being a "wolf" is in name only for which of these wolves?
the red wolf
the maned wolf
the capitoline wolf
They're not true lemurs, nor can they fly. What, then, is a flying lemur?
The king cobra isn't actually a member of the Naja genus, as all true cobras are. It has its own genus, called what?
These nimble animals are known for their amazing sure-footedness and climbing abilities. But are mountain goats really goats?
nope, they're deer
nope, they're goat-antelopes
Which part of the honey badger name got it wrong?
they don't eat honey
they're not badgers
both are correct, actually
What type of saltwater mollusk is the naval shipworm?
What is the Bombay duck, if not a duck?
What is the common nighthawk if not a hawk?
What's misleading about the giant elephant shrew's name?