Aug 5

Thousands of species are still being discovered every year, from giant lizards to the tiniest mouse lemurs. Every species is given a scientific name and some a ‘common’ name, but can you identify what type of animal a species is just from its common name?

Beaked toad image

Beaked toad, first discovered in Colombia in 2010

Goodman's mouse lemurs in nest

Goodman's mouse lemur, first described in 2006


Try our species name quiz to find out. We’ve picked some of the more unusal discoveries to test your species knowledge…no cheating though!

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Let us know how well you did. Or, if you know of any other species with unusual names perhaps you could test the ARKive team’s species knowledge too.

There are about 15,000 new species identified and named each year and many more species that are known to science are photographed for the first time. If you’d like the chance to find out more about how new species discoveries are made, see fantastic wildlife and go behind the scenes at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute enter WWF’s Oddest One Out competition.

  • Dmitri (August 5th, 2011 at 9:32 pm):

    Cool quiz. I liked it!

  • ray (August 5th, 2011 at 9:50 pm):

    There are so many wonderful species and things to continue to learn about and you captured them all for us to view Many Thanks

  • Gail Van Gundy (August 5th, 2011 at 10:13 pm):

    A very interesting site. I named 5 out of the 8 correct. Thanks, It was fun!