Animals that Start with F



Read below for information on 44 different animals that start with the letter F, from falcon to fur seal. The most popular F animal is the fennec fox, a cute nocturnal animal with exceptional hearing. The least popular is the fire bellied toad, which can appear black, green, grey, brown, yellow, orange, and red. Some fun facts about F name animals are:


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A Fox Terrier
Fox Terrier

First bred in the mid-19th century!

A Fish
Fish

Respire through the gills on their heads!


Animals that Start with F

Falcon

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Falconiformes
Family
Falconidae
Genus
Falco

Fun Fact: The fastest creatures on the planet!

The falcon is faster than any other animal on earth, both on land and in the air! Known for its precision and speed, the falcon bird seeks out its food like a bird of prey. Falcons, rather than being one species of bird, actually include 40 different species with specific traits that make each one […] Read More


Fallow deer

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Artiodactyla
Family
Cervidae
Genus
Dama
Scientific Name
Dama dama

Fun Fact: The fallow deer has more variation in its coat colors than most other deer.

A person who first sees the most common type of fallow deer may wonder why it never got rid of the white spots other deer have when they’re fawns then lose as they grow up. But a spotted, light brown coat with a black stripe that runs down the back to the tail is just […] Read More


False Killer Whale

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Artiodactyla
Family
Delphinidae
Genus
Pseudorca
Scientific Name
Pseudorca crassidens

Fun Fact: The false killer whale looks like a cross between a dolphin and orca!

The false killer whale is a fast and agile swimmer, a peak predator, and a highly intelligent and social animal. The name obviously arises from the similarities between orcas and false killer whales. Until 1862, early taxonomists classified both species within the same genus. Despite the name, this species is sometimes mistaken for the bottle-nosed […] Read More


False Widow Spider

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Arachnida
Order
Araneae
Family
Theridiidae
Genus
Steatoda
Scientific Name
Steatoda grossa

Fun Fact: False spiders actually prey on black widow spiders and other hazardous spiders

With a similar dark, globular body for identification, the false widow spider is often mistaken for the black widow. While mistaken for look-alikes, they are two different spiders. Science traces the false widow’s origins to the Canary Islands and Madeira. It’s believed the creature stowed away on transatlantic trips. That’s why today, the false widow’s […] Read More


Fangtooth

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Beryciformes
Family
Anoplogastridae
Genus
Anoplogaster
Scientific Name
Anoplogaster

Fun Fact: Has the largest teeth compared to body size of any known fish

Fangtooth fish have grotesquely huge jaws with enormous, protruding fangs, and they prey on smaller fish and crustaceans as well as much larger fish and even squids. The fangtooth is a carnivorous fish that lives in the deep sea. It should not be confused with the fangtooth moray, which is an eel that lives in […] Read More


Feist

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Canidae
Genus
Canis
Scientific Name
Canis lupus

Fun Fact: The word feisty derived from this type of dog.

It’s thought that the word feisty was derived from the Feist’s excitable temperament. The Feist is a small hunting dog that arose in the American south at some point in the 18th century. The name of the species probably derives from the obsolete word fice or fyst, which means to break wind. This dog has […] Read More


Fennec Fox

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Canidae
Genus
Vulpes
Scientific Name
Vulpes zerda

Fun Fact: Found in the African Sahara Desert!

Fennec Fox Classification and Evolution The fennec fox is a small species of fox found in the deserts of North Africa. They are the smallest canine species but have the largest ears relative to their body size which are used to both aid their hearing and to help them to control their body temperature in […] Read More


Ferret

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Mustelidae
Genus
Mustela
Scientific Name
Mustela furo

Fun Fact: Ferrets can be trained to do tricks like dogs!

The ferret is a small domesticated mammal in the weasel family Mustelidae whose name comes from the Latin word furittus meaning “little thief.” If you’ve ever heard of someone “ferreting away” or “ferreting out” something, it’s thanks to the ferret’s curious and hoarding behavior in which it finds and hides items. It is estimated that […] Read More


Ferruginous Hawk

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Accipitriformes
Family
Accipitridae
Genus
Buteo
Scientific Name
Buteo regalis

Fun Fact: The ferruginous hawk comes in both light and dark morphs

The ferruginous hawk is among the top predators, soaring majestically with its wings outstretched over the open plains of western North America. The name of the hawk is derived from the Latin word ferrum for iron. This refers to the rusted iron color of the hawk’s feathers. Their unique color pattern, their large size, and […] Read More


Fiddler Crab

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Malacostraca
Order
Decapoda
Family
Ocypodidae

Fun Fact: The fiddler crab gets its name from the motion the males make with their over-sized claw during the mating ritual.

The fiddler crab is one of over 100 species of crabs that live on both land and sea. Most often found along intertidal areas of lagoons and mudflats, they can also be found on sandy beaches. While some tolerate saltwater, most prefer the brackish water along the intercoastal areas. 4 Incredible Fiddler Crab Facts! The […] Read More


Field Spaniel

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Canidae
Genus
Canis
Scientific Name
Canis Lupus

Fun Fact: A sociable and adaptable breed!

This breed makes an excellent family pet. In the late 1800s, dog shows become more popular in England. This led to breeders create more distinct breeds and types of dogs. The Field Spaniel is a mix of Cocker Spaniels, English Springer Spaniels, and Sussex Spaniels. These dogs made a great companion on a hunting trip, […] Read More


Fila Brasileiro

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Canidae
Genus
Canis
Scientific Name
Canis lupus

Fun Fact: The breed has a unique, cat-like gait, while females have a finer gait than males.

This breed is often on banned, aggressive, or dangerous dog breed lists due to engaging in attacks towards strange people and dogs. The Fila Brasileiro is a rare, large dog breed also known as the Brazilian Mastiff or Brazilian Molosser. Its original purpose was to catch runaway slaves when slavery was legal in Brazil. It […] Read More


Fin Whale

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Cetacea
Family
Balaenopteridae
Genus
Balaenoptera
Scientific Name
Balaenoptera Physalus

Fun Fact: Found throughout ocean waters worldwide!

The fin whale is one of the largest animals to ever exist on the earth. Residing deep within the world’s great oceans, the fin whale cuts a majestic figure as it glides effortlessly through the water. Despite their enormous size, these whales are fast and agile swimmers that have adapted supremely well to their aquatic […] Read More


Finnish Spitz

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Canidae
Genus
Canis
Scientific Name
Canis lupus

Fun Fact: Likes to bark a lot!

Finnish Spitzes are believed to have originated from the spitz dogs brought from central Russia by migrants who moved to present-day Finland about 3,000 years ago. In 1979, Finnish Spitzes were named the National Dog of Finland. Originally bred to hunt game, they are also good companions for other hunting trips, such as hunting elk. […] Read More


Fire salamander

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Amphibia
Order
Urodela
Family
Salamandridae
Genus
Salamandra

Fun Fact: Its name comes from the fact that people once believed it was born in fire

The fire salamander is the best-known salamander in Europe and a common species of salamander in Central and Southern Europe. As a middle to a large-sized and strongly built salamander, it is so well-known not only due to its prevalence but bright warning colors and poisonous liquid spray. Its name comes from the old belief […] Read More


Fire-Bellied Toad

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Amphibia
Order
Anura
Family
Bombinatoridae
Genus
Bombina
Scientific Name
Bombina

Fun Fact: Found across mainland Europe and Asia!

“The croak of a fire-bellied toad sounds a lot like a dog barking.” The fire-bellied toad lives in northeastern parts of China, North Korea, South Korea and parts of Russia. This toad has an underbelly made up of bright red/orange and black splotches. An adult toad measures about 2 inches long. Though they only eat […] Read More


Fish

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata

Fun Fact: Respire through the gills on their heads!

Fish are found in every ocean, lake, river and stream in all corners of the globe, in many sizes, colours and species. Most fish (depending on size) tend to eat plankton in the water, insects and smaller fish. Fish respire through gills in the sides of their heads, allowing the fish to breath underwater. Fish […] Read More


Fisher Cat

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Mustelidae
Genus
Pekania
Scientific Name
Pekania pennanti

Fun Fact: The fisher is an agile climber and makes its home in tree hollows

The fisher cat is secretive and difficult to find; many misconceptions about them still thrive. These misconceptions begin with the name itself. The fisher is not a cat at all, but a type of weasel. It also does not eat fish of any kind. Instead, the name seems to derive from its resemblance to the […] Read More


Fishing Cat

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Felidae
Genus
Prionailurus
Scientific Name
Prionailurus viverrinus

Fun Fact: Scoops fish out of the water using it's paw!

Fishing Cat Classification and Evolution The Fishing Cat is a small to medium sized feline that is natively found throughout a number of countries in south-east Asia. Unlike other cat species found around the world (with the notable exception of the Jaguar) the Fishing Cat spends most of its life in areas of dense vegetation […] Read More


Flamingo

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Phoenicopteriformes
Family
Phoenicopteridae
Genus
Phoenicopterus

Fun Fact: Sleeps on just one leg!

“A flamingo’s feathers don’t turn pink until it reaches 2 or 3 years old” Flamingos are omnivorous birds who eat brine shrimp, algae, and snails. They live in large groups called colonies. These birds reside in tropical climates in regions of Africa, Asia, and around South America. This bird can have a wingspan as wide […] Read More


Flat-Coated Retriever

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Canidae
Genus
Canis
Scientific Name
Canis lupus

Fun Fact: A game retrieving gun-dog!

The Flat-Coated Retriever has a very happy and outgoing temperament. They make a great family pet and are great with children. Flat-Coated Retrievers are a large dog breed that may be black or liver-colored in appearance. They were originally bred in England to be a gundog in the mid-1800s. Unlike other breeds that had one […] Read More


Florida Gar

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Lepisosteiformes
Family
Lepisosteidae
Genus
Lepisosteus
Scientific Name
Lepisosteus platyrhincus

Fun Fact: The Florida gar has toxic eggs to protect against predators

The Florida gar is among the most ancient and unique freshwater fish of North America. It is not necessarily the most popular type of fish, however, since the commercial market for gar meat is relatively small, and even among recreational fishers, it’s more of a niche catch. But for the people who know about it, […] Read More


Florida Panther

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Felidae
Genus
Puma
Scientific Name
Puma concolor couguar

Fun Fact: Florida panthers can leap more than 4.5 meters (15 feet) in the air.

The Florida panther is the only member of the puma family known to breed in the Eastern United States. Only about 150 of these animals are left in the wild, and officials warn that there needs to be at least 240 for them not to go extinct. The tan Florida panther has a white mask, […] Read More


Flounder

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Pleuronectiformes
Family
Paralichthyidae
Genus
Paralichthys
Scientific Name
Paralichthys

Fun Fact: A flat fish found in the Atlantic and Pacific!

With its remarkably thin body, the flounder truly lives up to the name of flatfish. Lying almost motionless along the sandy ocean or seafloor, the flounder fish waits patiently for a tasty meal to come by so it can feed. Its entire lifestyle and physical appearance are oriented around the bottom-dwelling habitat. This is an […] Read More


Flowerhorn Fish

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Cichliformes
Family
Cichlidae

Fun Fact: The Flowerhorn fish is an artificial species; it does not exist naturally

The Flowerhorn fish, also known as the Flowerhorn cichlid, is an artificial creation of human breeders, thought to originate from Southeast Asia in the 1990s. This unique freshwater hybrid was produced from crosses between several different types of cichlids, including blood parrots, red devils, and three spot cichlids (or the trimac). Today there are more […] Read More


Fluke Fish (summer flounder)

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Pleuronectiformes
Family
Paralichthyidae
Genus
Paralichthys
Scientific Name
Paralichthys dentatus

Fun Fact: The chameleon of the seas!

The fluke fish (also known as summer flounder, Northern fluke, and Hirame) is a fish that is found in abundance across the United States’ eastern seaboard and is an important fish for both commercial and recreational purposes.  Fluke Fish Facts  Rebounding populations: Between 1989 and 2003, the estimated biomass of fluke fish rebounded about ten-fold off the […] Read More


Fly

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Insecta
Order
Diptera

Fun Fact: There are more than 240,000 different species!

The fly is one of the most common and diverse groups of animals on the planet. Although they so often share an antagonistic relationship with humans as an annoyance or a potential carrier of diseases, these insects also serve many important ecological roles. They are the second most common pollinators, behind only bees. They help […] Read More


Flying Fish

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Beloniformes
Family
Exocoetidae

Fun Fact: Can glide in the air for hundreds of feet

The flying fish, also known as a flying cod, is a family of ray fin marine fish, common to warm, tropical waters throughout the world’s ocean. It has a remarkable ability that sets it apart from any other fish in the world: their pectoral fins are highly modified “wings” that enable them to leap out […] Read More


Flying Lemur

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Dermoptera
Family
Cynocephalidae

Fun Fact: The second pair of upper incisors in a flying lemur has a double root, which is unique for mammals.

The Flying Lemur is not a lemur, and it can’t fly! Of all the gliding mammals, which including flying squirrels and flying possums, flying lemurs are the most adept. This is because of their patagium, a membrane covered with fur that acts much like a parasail as they glide from one tree to the other. […] Read More


Flying Squirrel

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Rodentia
Family
Sciuridae
Genus
Pteromyini
Scientific Name
Pteromyini

Fun Fact: Can glide up to 90 meters!

A flying squirrel has the power to glide 300 feet through the air. Despite its name, a flying squirrel doesn’t fly the same way a bird or a bat flies. Instead, flying squirrels are animals that glide or drift, through the air. These omnivores eat insects, mushrooms, flowers, and, of course, nuts. Flying squirrels are […] Read More


Formosan Mountain Dog

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Canidae
Genus
Canis
Scientific Name
Canis lupus

Fun Fact: Formosa is the Portuguese term for the island of Taiwan

One of the more interesting facts is that this breed existed on Taiwan before the arrival of people, which could make it one of the oldest and most primitive breeds in the world. Primitive in this case simply means that it still retains ancient characteristics. The Formosan Mountain Dog, also known simply as the Taiwan […] Read More


Fossa

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Eupleridae
Genus
Cryptoprocta
Scientific Name
Cryptoprocta ferox

Fun Fact: Most closely related to the Mongoose!

Fossa Classification and Evolution The Fossa is a medium-sized, carnivorous animal that is found exclusively on the island of Madagascar. The Fossa belongs to the Malagasy Carnivores group which are thought to have descended from Mongoose-like ancestors that arrived on Madagascar from Africa up to 24 million years ago. The Fossa is not only one […] Read More


Fox

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Canidae
Genus
Vulpes
Scientific Name
Vulpes vulpes

Fun Fact: There are 12 different species in the world!

The fox is a scavenger carnivores animal, generally found in urban city areas in the Northern Hemisphere. As a nocturnal animal, foxes prefer going out at night to hunt for prey. One Amazing Animal: 3 Fox Facts Adapted for snow: Foxes live in environments where the animals they hunt have adapted for snow, so the […] Read More


Fox Terrier

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Canidae
Genus
Canis
Scientific Name
Canis Lupus

Fun Fact: First bred in the mid-19th century!

The fox terrier is the ‘gentleman of the terrier world.’ Fox terriers originated in 19th-century England, where they took part in fox hunts with the landed gentry. Bred to hunt rodents, going to ground as necessary, fox terriers are energetic and persistent. Two types of fox terriers share the breed, wire and smooth. Although, on […] Read More


French Bulldog

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Canidae
Genus
Canis
Scientific Name
Canis lupus

Fun Fact: French bulldogs are known to be very sensitive, harboring emotions that they love to express

French bulldogs were originally bred to be great companions, and their small build makes them ideal pups for all homes. The French bulldog is a medium-sized, non-sporting dog, featuring a uniquely shaped ear that is common referred to as a “bat ear.” While other dogs have a rounded scalp, the skull of these dogs lies […] Read More


Frenchton

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Canidae
Genus
Canis
Scientific Name
Canis lupus

Fun Fact: Loyal small dogs, the Frenchton will keep you warm at night with loving cuddles, but also awake with their funny loud snoring!

Frenchton puppies are typically born with droopy ears that stand up at about five weeks to eight months of age. They are highly playful and sweet little dogs that love to cuddle at naptime but may keep you awake with their loud snoring! Frenchton Introduction The Frenchton is a loveable and loyal small breed designer […] Read More


Frengle

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Canidae
Genus
Canis
Scientific Name
Canis lupus

Fun Fact: Frengles have a haunting howl very similar to their Beagle parent.

Frengles can howl just like their Beagle parent. Breed a French Bulldog with a Beagle and the result is a Frengle. Frengles belong to the hybrid group. The origin date of this hybrid dog is unknown, but it has many of the favorable characteristics of its purebred parents. Frengles are friendly, alert, smart dogs. They […] Read More


Frigatebird

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Pelecaniformes
Family
Fregatidae
Genus
Fregata
Scientific Name
Fregata

Fun Fact: Found inhabiting tropical islands and coasts!

“The frigatebird is the bird with the largest wingspan in comparison to their body size.” There are five different species of frigatebirds that can be found near tropical and subtropical coasts around the world. These birds can fly for hours, days, or even weeks at time due to their large wingspan. They have a slender […] Read More


Frilled Lizard

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Agamidae
Genus
Chlamydosaurus
Scientific Name
Chlamydosaurus kingii

Fun Fact: Mainly lives in the trees!

“Frilled lizards can stand up and run on their hind legs” A frilled lizard also goes by the names frilled dragon and frilled agama. It is known for raising its neck frill, or the extra flap of skin around its neck, in an effort to intimidate predators. These lizards live in northern Australia and New […] Read More


Frilled Shark

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Chondrichthyes
Order
Hexanchiformes
Family
Chlamydoselachidae
Genus
Chlamydoselachus
Scientific Name
Chlamydoselachus anguineus

Fun Fact: Frilled Sharks got their name from the six rows of gills on their throat that look like ruffled collars.

Frilled Sharks are a primitive-looking species that resemble an eel. They are considered living fossils because of their primitive traits, like their brown color, long body, and placement of their jaws. Frilled Sharks spend most of their time deep beneath the surface of the water. They are most commonly found at depths between 390 and […] Read More


Frog

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Amphibia
Order
Anura

Fun Fact: There are around 7,000 different species!

The frog is the most common and populous of the three major orders of amphibians – and the only one that lacks a tail. The first true frogs evolved in the early Jurassic Period some 200 million years ago. Since then, they have spread out and diversified to almost every single major ecosystem on the […] Read More


Frogfish

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Lophiformes
Family
Antennariidae

Fun Fact: The frogfish can change colors, but it takes several weeks to do so

“Frogfish – The good, the bad and the ugly” Frogfish are a group of fish that belong to the Antennariidae family. This makes them part of the anglerfish family, which uses camouflage and lures to draw in potential prey. These fish fascinate people with their behavior, as they usually lie in wait on the seafloor […] Read More


Fruit Bat

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Chiroptera
Family
Pteropodidae

Fun Fact: Among the largest bats in the world

The fruit bat is a large taxonomical family of related species, mostly originating from the tropical and subtropical areas of Africa and Asia. The fruit bat spends much of its time hanging upside down in trees or caves with other members of the same species. They are aptly named for their habit of feasting exclusively […] Read More


Fur Seal

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Otariidae
Genus
Arctocephalus
Scientific Name
Arctocephalinae

Fun Fact: Found only in the Northern Hemisphere!

Seals that can walk on land Nine separate species of fur seals make up the genera Arctocephalus and Callorhinus. While eight of these belong to Artocephalus and live in southern seas, the ninth species belongs to Callorhinus and inhabits the North Pacific. All nine species are all pinnipeds or mammals with four flippered appendages. Fur […] Read More



Alphabetical List of Animals That Start with F

Newest Animals that Start with the Letter F

The most recently added Animals that start with the letter F.

A Flowerhorn Fish
Flowerhorn Fish

The Flowerhorn fish is an artificial species; it does not exist naturally

A Fiddler Crab
Fiddler Crab

The fiddler crab gets its name from the motion the males make with their over-sized claw during the mating ritual.

A False Widow Spider
False Widow Spider

False spiders actually prey on black widow spiders and other hazardous spiders

Animals that start with the letter F, including the Falcon & Frilled Lizard

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