(WILDLIFE/ANIMAL PICTURES) While some animal species are humorously named after celebrities such as Beyonce, George Bush, and Star Wars character Yoda, other animal names seem to make no sense at all. I wonder if the scientists who named these animals were just trying to pull our legs… — Global Animal

1. White Rhino

There are two types of African rhinoceros—white and black. However, they are neither white nor black. Instead, both species are dark brownish-gray in color. Photo Credit: Jeremiah Blatz

2. Australian Shepherd

Ancestors of the Australian Shepherd were indeed sheepdogs, however they did not hail from Australia, but instead the U.S. Photo Credit: Patricia Marroquin
Ancestors of the Australian Shepherd were indeed sheepdogs, however they did not hail from Australia, but instead the U.S. Photo Credit: Patricia Marroquin

3. Baltimore Oriole

Although the Baltimore oriole is the state bird of Maryland, the bird was actually named for its black and orange coloring that resembles the Lord Baltimore family coat of arms. Photo Credit: Terry Sohl

4. Electric Eel

Despite its name, the electric eel is not an eel but rather a knifefish. Photo Credit: Flickr, kingtide

5. Sperm Whale

While sperm whales’ huge heads contain a waxy material called spermaceti, early sailors mistook this substance for sperm. Photo Credit: DAJ, Getty Images

6. Guinea Pig

Originating from the Andes of South America, guinea pigs are not from the African country of Guinea nor are they pigs. Photo Credit: iStock

7.King Cobra

King cobras technically aren’t cobras, but instead they belong in their own genus. They aren’t particularly self-governing, either. Photo Credit: Daniel Johnson

8. Hermit Crab

The hermit crab is not a hermit at all. In fact, they live in large colonies and possess very sophisticated social behavior. Photo Credit: naplesseashellcompany.com

9. Mountain Goat

Despite its vernacular name, mountain goats are not a member of the true goat genus. Instead, the mountain goat is in the same family as antelopes, gazelles, and cattle. Photo Credit: Creative Commons License

10. Oystercatcher

These sea birds rarely eat oysters. They actually prefer mussels and other shellfish. Photo Credit: Paul Davey

11. Horny Toad

The horny toad, or the horned frog, is neither a toad nor a frog. It is actually a lizard, and it only thinks of you as a friend. Photo Credit: TPWD

12. Flying Lemur

While lemurs hail from Madagascar, flying lemurs are actually from Southeast Asia. They also are not primates, but instead gliding mammals. And despite having winglike membranes of skin between their legs, these animals cannot fly. Photo Credit: Nina Holopainen

13. Eastern Kingbird

Hailing from North America, Eastern Kingbirds are technically from the West. Not to mention, many birds fail to recognize its authority. Photo Credit: GFDL

14. Ladybug

The ladybug, or the Coccinellidae, is also commonly referred to as ladybird beetles. While all ladybugs are good luck, there aren’t all ladies. Photo Credit: Public Domain

 

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