Quiz: Can you guess all these misleading animal names?
Can you guess all these misleading animal names?
By: Maria Trimarchi
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About This Quiz

Are you an animal aficionado? Do you think you know all there is to know about the animal world? If so, then this is the quiz for you. We're pretty sure, though, that you might find this one more difficult than you think. Let's get started to find out how much you really know about animal names.

Now, by animal names, we're not talking about dogs named "Fido," elephants named "Dumbo," or bears named "Paddington." We're actually talking about the common names that we give to species in the animal kingdom that can be somewhat misleading. For instance, is a prairie dog really a dog? Is a starfish really a fish? And what the heck is a bearcat? Cat or bear?

So, the reality is that we often give names to things that don't actually reflect what the creature really is. This can happen because it is simply easy, because the name we give to a critter might reflect our limited understanding of the species at the time of discovery, or because the animal looks like another creature that we're more familiar with.

So, to answer the above questions, a prairie dog is not really a dog, a starfish is not really a fish, and a bearcat is neither a bear nor a cat.

Take this quiz to find out how much you know about misleading animal names.

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