Animals by Scientific Class Names

What animals are in class Actinopterygii?

Albacore tuna fish, Thunnus alalunga underwater in the cean
Albacore Tuna

The albacore is a very fast swimmer

An Alligator gar, Atractosteus spatula, while swimming in a huge aquarium
Alligator Gar

The alligator gar has toxic eggs to protect against predators

School of Swimming Anchovies
Anchovies

November 12th is celebrated as National Pizza with the Works Except Anchovies Day

What animals are in class Amphibia?

Male African giant bullfrog (Pyxicephalus adspersus) in shallow water, South Africa
African Bullfrog

The African bullfrog is one of only three species of frog that have “teeth.”

African Clawed Frog

A particularly ferocious amphibian!

African Tree Toad on a leaf
African Tree Toad

Found in tropical moist lowland forests!

What animals are in class Anthozoa?

Coral

Thought to be around 70,000 different species!

What animals are in class Arachnida?

Female black widow spider on branch
Black Widow Spider

They typically prey on insects!

Camel Spider

Fast, carnivorous arachnid with a painful bite.

Crab Spider on a purple flower
Crab Spider

Crab Spiders can mimic ants or bird droppings

What animals are in class Asteroidea?

Starfish on sand
Starfish

Has 2 stomachs to aid digestion!

What animals are in class Aves?

Adelie Penguins jump from iceberg in Antarcdtica
Adelie Penguin

Eats up to 2kg of food per day!

African Penguin

The only penguin species in Africa!

Black browed albatross, North Island, New Zealand.
Albatross

The largest wingspan of any bird in the world!

What animals are in class Bivalvia?

mantle of a giant clam, Tridacna, growing on a coral reef
Giant Clam

Can reach nearly 4ft in length!

Oyster (Ostreidae) - colorful thorny oyster
Oyster

Can process up to 10 litres of water an hour!

What animals are in class Cephalopoda?

Colossal Squid preserved in Wellington's Te Papa Museum
Colossal Squid

Can survive eating a single fish for months

Cuttlefish
Cuttlefish

Found throughout the world's oceans!

Octopus

There are around 300 different species!

What animals are in class Chilopoda?

Giant Tree centipede close-up
Centipede

There are about 3,000 documented species!

What animals are in class Chondrichthyes?

A Blue shark in the Atlantic ocean near Pico (Azores Islands).
Blue Shark

Blue sharks can have up to 135 pups at a time.

Bonnethead shark swimming in ocean
Bonnethead Shark

Bonnetheads are the only hammerhead sharks that use their pectoral fins to swim.

What animals are in class Crustacea?

Barnacle

Closely related to crabs and lobsters!

What animals are in class Demospongiae?

Sponge in the Caribbean sea around Bonaire.
Sponge

There are more than 9,000 known species!

What animals are in class Diplopoda?

big millipede many leg rolling body walking on concrete floor.
Millipede

Some species have a poisonous bite!

What animals are in class Echinoidea?

Sea Urchin
Sea Urchin

Can live for up to 200 years!

What animals are in class Gastropoda?

Giant African snail or giant African land snail
Giant African Land Snail

The biggest snail species on land!

Blue Sea Slug on a rock
Sea Slug

All sea slugs have both male and female sex organs

Helix pomatia also Roman snail, Burgundy snail, edible snail or escargot, is a species of large, edible, air-breathing land snail, a terrestrial pulmonate gastropod mollusk in the family Helicidae.
Snail

There are nearly 1,000 different species!

What animals are in class Hydrozoa?

Immortal Jellyfish Isolated
Immortal Jellyfish

Excellent hitchhiker on long-trip cargo ships

What animals are in class Hyperoartia?

Close up of open sucking mouth of sea lamprey with teeth
Lamprey

Not related to the eel

What animals are in class Insecta?

Ant

First evolved 100 million years ago!

Asian Giant Hornet

The largest wasp in the world!

Beetle

There are more than 350,000 different species

What animals are in class Malacostraca?

Crab

There are 93 different crab groups

Hermit Crab

There are over 500 different species!

Horseshoe Crab close-up
Horseshoe Crab

Changed little in over 500 million years!

What animals are in class Mammalia?

Aardvark

Can move 2ft of soil in just 15 seconds!

Abyssinian cat outdoors in the garden
Abyssinian

The oldest breed of cat in the world!

Affenpinscher playing in a field
Affenpinscher

First bred in 17th century Germany!

What animals are in class Myxini?

Hagfish, Duiker Point, Cape Peninsula.
Hagfish

Can use slime to suffocate marine predators or escape capture

What animals are in class Reptilia?

Aldabra Giant Tortoise

One got to be 255 years old!

Alligator

They have two sets of eyelids!

Bearded dragon (Pogona barbata) - friendliest reptile
Bearded Dragon

Can grow to up 24 inches long!

What animals are in class Sarcopterygii?

Coelacanth pair underwaterr
Coelacanth

The coelacanth first evolved almost 400 million years ago.

South American lungfish
Lungfish

The lungfish first evolved almost 400 million years ago.

What animals are in class Scyphozoa?

Blue Jellyfish Medusa Colored by the Light
Jellyfish

Have tentacles around their mouths!