Animals that Start with M



Read below for information on 80 different animals that start with the letter M, from macaroni penguins to mules. The most popular animal that starts with the letter M is the millipede, an invertebrate with 80 to 400 legs. The least popular M animal is the marsh frog, a bright green amphibian that lives throughout Europe. Some fun facts about letter M name animals are:

  • Markhor have curled horns and are one of the least common animals in the world, with only 2,500 believe to be left in the wild
  • Mice are one of the few species found on every continent on earth
  • Mountain lionspumacougars, and catamounts are the same species and have no real natural predators
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Alphabetical List of Animals That Start with M

Animals that Start with M

Macaroni Penguin

Macaroni Penguin Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Sphenisciformes
Family
Spheniscidae
Genus
Eudyptes
Scientific Name
Eudyptes Chrysolophus

Fun Fact: Gather in colonies of up to 100,000 members!

The regal-looking Macaroni penguins can dive to a depth of 200 feet in the ocean! Macaroni penguins are found on the Antarctic and sub-Antarctic peninsula. They eat krill, fish, squid, and some crustaceans. These birds live in huge groups that include hundreds of thousands of penguins. They are black and white with a bright orange […] Read More


Macaw

Macaw Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Psittaciformes
Family
Psittacidae
Genus
Arini
Scientific Name
Arini

Fun Fact: The largest species of parrot in the world!

There are approximately 17 unique species of Macaw birds in the wild and in captivity today. All these birds are part of the Psittacidae family, which translates to “true parrots.” This parrot family further splits into two subfamilies: the Psittacinae and the Arinae, or Old World and New World parrots, respectively. Old World parrots include […] Read More


Mackenzie Wolf

Mackenzie Wolf Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Canidae
Genus
Canis
Scientific Name
Canis lupus occidentalis

Fun Fact: Will travel up to 70 miles in a single day.

The Mackenzie wolf goes by many names, but their inherited genetics from the wolves before them make them one of the top hunters in the entire world. Their gray and white coat keeps them warm and hidden from anything they hunt, while their strong neck and jaw can take even the largest game (like bison […] Read More


Magellanic Penguin

Magellanic Penguin Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Sphenisciformes
Family
Spheniscidae
Genus
Spheniscus
Scientific Name
Spheniscus magellanicus

Fun Fact: Threatened by oil spills!

“Magellanic penguins are fast swimmers reaching speeds of 15 mph or more.” Magellanic penguins live on coasts in South America. They are carnivores eating fish and some crustaceans. These penguins make nests in burrows and even under bushes. They are highly social animals living in groups that include as many as 400,000 penguins! The lifespan […] Read More


Magpie

Magpie Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Passeriformes
Family
Corvidae
Genus
Pica
Scientific Name
Pica Pica

Fun Fact: They are found across Europe, Asia and Africa!

“Magpies are able to recognize their own reflection in a mirror.” Magpies are birds that live in a variety of habitats including grasslands, meadows and on the edges of dense forests. These birds are omnivores and insects, berries, nuts, and even small rodents. They build large nests often with two entrances. Magpies are well-known for […] Read More


Maine Coon

Maine Coon Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Felidae
Genus
Felis
Scientific Name
Felis catus

Fun Fact: Folklore says it's half cat, half raccoon!

The Maine Coon is a domesticated cat breed known as a gentle giant due to its medium to large size contrasting with its gentle, sweet, well-balanced personality. Although it started off as a mouser, it is popular as a family, companion and therapy pet that is great with children, dogs and other cats. It is […] Read More


Malayan Civet

Malayan Civet Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Viverridae
Genus
Viverra
Scientific Name
Viverra tangalunga

Fun Fact: Also known as the Oriental Civet!

“The Mayalan Civet is the most distinguishable civet due to its dark legs and its long, striped tail” The species of civet is common in Southeast Asia, but is native to the Malay Peninsula. Also known as the Malay Civet and Oriental Civet, it inhabits the rainforests and tropical jungles in mainland Malaysia, the Phillippines, […] Read More


Malayan Tiger

Malayan Tiger Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Felidae
Genus
Panthera
Scientific Name
Panthera Tigris Jacksoni

Fun Fact: Found in less-dense jungles!

Malayan tigers can reach running speeds of up to 40 mph and this critically endangered species is also known to be a great swimmer! As their name suggests, Malayan tigers live in Malaysia located in southeast Asia. They are the smallest subspecies of mainland tiger. Malayan tigers live alone except during breeding season. They’re carnivores […] Read More


Mallard

Mallard Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Anseriformes
Family
Anatidae
Genus
Anas
Scientific Name
Anas platyrhynchos

Fun Fact: With an appropriate tail wind, the mallard can travel hundreds of miles a day

With an appropriate tailwind, the mallard can travel hundreds of miles a day. The mallard is the most familiar and recognizable duck in the entire world. Found almost anywhere in the Northern Hemisphere with a sufficiently large body of water, it is a type of dabbling duck that feeds near the surface of the water. […] Read More


Malteagle

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

Fun Fact: Malteagles are one of the smallest beagle hybrids and love to follow their owners everywhere.

Beagles are hunting dogs, but the Maltese is a toy breed. This means that your Malteagle will have an adventurous personality but will be more inclined to cuddle and play than to hunt around outdoors. A Malteagle is a cross between a Beagle and a Maltese. The result is a sweet, playful, and adventurous dog […] Read More


Maltese

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

Fun Fact: Originally bred in Europe!

While their name suggests that Maltese dogs are from Malta, most people believe they were originally from south-central Europe. Maltese are a toy dog breed. They are hypoallergenic dogs with white hair. Maltese were most likely bred from Spitz type dogs. However, there is not a lot of written history about the origin of these […] Read More


Maltese Shih Tzu

Maltese Shih Tzu Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Canidae
Genus
Canis
Scientific Name
Canis lupus

Fun Fact: Both parent breeds, the Maltese and Shih Tzu, once entertained royalty

The origins of the Maltese Shih Tzu date back to the 1990s. Most of these dogs are the result of first-generation crosses, but there are second and third-generation crosses as well. The Maltese Shih Tzu (also known as the Mal-shi) is a mix between two popular toy breeds: the Maltese and the Shih Tzu. The […] Read More


Maltipoo

Maltipoo Picture
Kingdom
Animalia

Fun Fact: Maltipoos may have one of three different coat types depending on the specific genes they inherit from their parents. These include silky, curly, or wavy.

Breeders originally mixed Poodles and Maltese to create a breed that would make a good companion pet for individuals with allergies. Maltipoos are loving, playful, and intelligent small-breed dog. They are a hybrid breed that is a cross between a Maltese and either a Poodle or a Miniature Poodle. Breeders originally mixed Poodles and Maltese […] Read More


Man of War Jellyfish

Man of War Jellyfish Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Cnidaria
Class
Hydrozoa
Order
Siphonophorae
Family
Physaliidae
Genus
Physalia
Scientific Name
Physalia physalis

Fun Fact: Named for an 18th century warship

The Portuguese man o’ war is not a jellyfish as most people think. Despite its jelly appearance, the sea creature is a siphonophore. It is a colony organism made up of many smaller units that hang as tentacles from a gas-filled bladder. Each of these smaller units, called zooids, are identical but serve their own […] Read More


Manatee

Manatee Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Sirenia
Family
Trichechidae
Genus
Trichechus

Fun Fact: Also known as the Sea Cow!

“Manatees are called sea cows. However, they are more closely related to an elephant” Manatees are very large, gray sea animals who spend much of their time grazing on vegetation in shallow water. There are three different species of manatees that live in warm water in different areas of the world. Manatees are animals that […] Read More


Manchester Terrier

Manchester Terrier Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Hemichordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Canidae
Genus
Canis
Scientific Name
Canis lupus

Fun Fact: Fences are no match for Manchester terriers. They’re great escape artists!

Early Manchester breeders typically didn’t last long because they quickly grew frustrated with the shape of offsprings’ ears. Only a handful of enthusiasts persevered — and eventually, they got it right! Manchester terriers are excellent, attentive dogs that come in two sizes: standard and toy. The Sherlock Holmeses of the canine world, they’re impressively observant […] Read More


Mandrill

Mandrill Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Primates
Family
Cercopithecidae
Genus
Mandrillus
Scientific Name
Mandrillus Sphinx

Fun Fact: Distinctively coloured noses and rumps!

“The mandrill has a truly unique appearance that sets it apart from other primates.“ Although nearly weighing as much as an ape, the mandrill is actually a type of monkey, splitting its time between the ground and trees. Its bright facial colors and oddly shimmering fur are instant head turners for gawking tourists and zoo-goers […] Read More


Maned Wolf

Maned Wolf Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Canidae
Genus
Chrysocyon
Scientific Name
Chyrsocyon brachyurus

Fun Fact: Despite its name, the Maned Wolf is not actually a wolf.

“The Maned Wolf is the largest canid in South America.” The Maned Wolf is found in Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and other countries in eastern and central South America. They have very long and skinny legs, making them the largest canine in South America. Their long legs almost make them look like a fox on stilts. […] Read More


Manta Ray

Manta Ray Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Chondrichthyes
Order
Myliobatiformes
Family
Mobulidae
Genus
Manta

Fun Fact: Can grow up to 9m wide!

The manta ray, which is also sometimes called the devilfish, is the largest ray in the world. Highly intelligent and mostly solitary, they are found in all of the world’s oceans. Long living and slow to reproduce, the species is vulnerable to overfishing and to being harvested for international trade. Six Incredible Manta Ray Facts! […] Read More


Mantella Frog

Mantella Frog Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Amphibia
Order
Anura
Family
Mantellidae
Genus
Mantella

Fun Fact: Some of the smallest and most brightly colored frogs in the world

Mantella frogs are some of the most vibrantly colored, toxic, and tiny frogs in the world. Mantella frogs are a genus of 16 species, 11 of which are near threatened, vulnerable, endangered, or close to extinct. As a warning to predators, they are vibrantly colored with some having spots or patterns. Because of their colors […] Read More


Marabou Stork

Marabou Stork Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Ciconiiformes
Family
Ciconiidae
Genus
Leptoptilos
Scientific Name
Leptoptilos crumenifer

Fun Fact: The marabou stork does not have a voice box.

“The Marabou Stork is the Largest Stork” Called the undertaker bird because from the back it looks like an elderly, black-suited undertaker going about his work, the marabou stork is a wading bird found in much of Africa. Though it can be bad-tempered if a human gets too close, this unsightly stork loves to be […] Read More


Marble Fox

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

Fun Fact: The marble fox is not a naturally occurring variant; it was created through artificial selection.

Misconceptions about the rare Marble fox still flourish and abound. Despite its unusual appearance, the marble fox is not a separate species at all. It’s really just a common wild fox with a unique black and white coat of colors, artificially selected by humans. It’s actually believed that the marble fox arose from a crossbreed […] Read More


Marine Iguana

Marine Iguana Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Iguanidae
Genus
Amblyrhynchus
Scientific Name
Amblyrhynchus cristatus

Fun Fact: Adult marine iguanas vary in size depending on the size of the island where they live.

Marine iguanas are the only lizards on earth to spend time in the ocean. Marine iguanas live on the Galápagos Islands, where they dine on Inter- and subtidal algae. They have several specific adaptations, including sneezing salt out of their bodies, allowing them to live in this environment. Marine iguanas living on San Cristóbal, Santiago, […] Read More


Marine Toad

Marine Toad Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Amphibia
Order
Anura
Family
Bufonidae
Genus
Bufo
Scientific Name
Bufo Marinus

Fun Fact: Produces a toxin used in arrow darts!

A large female marine toad can lay a clutch (group) of eggs numbering over 40,000. A marine toad is a carnivore that eats insects, small birds, rodents, and other amphibians. This toad grows to be four to six inches in length and weighs around two pounds. Females are normally larger than males. The average lifespan of a marine […] Read More


Markhor

Markhor Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Artiodactyla
Family
Bovidae
Genus
Capra
Scientific Name
Capra falconeri

Fun Fact: Less than 2,500 left in the wild!

The Markhor is the national animal of Pakistan. The markhor is an animal that was considered to be the most challenging game in British India due to the dangers of hunting them at high altitudes. The name “Markhor” is a combination of two Persian and Pashto words: “Mar” means snake and “khor” means eater. Also […] Read More


Marmot

Marmot Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Rodentia
Family
Sciuridae
Genus
Marmota

Fun Fact: A marmot spends 80% of its life below ground

“Marmots make a whistling sound to alert others around them of a predator in the area” A marmot is a rodent of medium size with brown fur on its head and back as well as yellow fur on its belly. This animal is a herbivore eating nuts, leaves, seeds, flowers, grass, and grains. They live […] Read More


Marsh Frog

Marsh Frog Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Amphibia
Order
Anura
Family
Ranidae
Genus
Pelophylax
Scientific Name
Pelophylax ridibundus

Fun Fact: Has bright green skin!

“Marsh frogs are the largest frogs that are native to Europe” Marsh frogs live in areas across Europe and parts of Russia as well as in regions of Saudi Arabia. They are carnivores eating a diet of flies, worms, slugs, spiders, and dragonflies. These frogs are excellent swimmers and expert jumpers. They have slick dark […] Read More


Masked Palm Civet

Masked Palm Civet Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Viverridae
Genus
Paguma
Scientific Name
Paguma larvata

Fun Fact: Found throughout Asia, India and China!

“Masked palm civets can spray a foul-smelling scent at predators to drive them away” Masked palm civets are arboreal spending most of their time in trees. They are omnivores eating both small animals and fruit. These mammals live in the south and Southeast-Asia. These civets live to be around 10 years old in the wild […] Read More


Mastador

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

Fun Fact: The Mastador gets its enormous size from its Mastiff parent

The Mastador is often bred from one of the largest types of dogs in the world, the English Mastiff, which can easily reach 200 pounds. The Mastador is a cross between a Mastiff (usually the English Mastiff) and a Labrador Retriever. Both types of purebred dogs are very popular in the United States. The Mastiff […] Read More


Mastiff

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

Fun Fact: Courageous, calm and affectionate!

The mastiff is known for its large size, friendliness, loyalty, and affectionate nature. There are several breeds including the Bull, English, Italian, Neapolitan, French, and Tibetan mastiffs. Though the color and appearance of the various breeds differ a little, they all share the same gentle temperament making this an ideal family dog. The Tibetan mastiff […] Read More


Mayfly

Mayfly Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Insecta
Order
Ephemeroptera
Scientific Name
Ephemeroptera

Fun Fact: There are 2,500 known species worldwide!

Mayflies are aquatic insects that get their name from the fact that the adult appears in May. Mayflies hatch out in large numbers in the spring but continue hatching until fall. Since the adult mayfly’s purpose is to reproduce, it has a short lifespan. Mayflies are beloved and celebrated creatures. There have been poems and […] Read More


Meagle

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

Fun Fact: The Meagle has an incredible sense of smell.

The Meagle is a hybrid breed that is considered to be a hound, due to the crossbreed between the Miniature Pinscher and the Beagle. Meagle is a compact-sized hybrid hound dog and is a crossbreed between Miniature Pinscher and a Beagle. This dog is fun to be around, making it a great family pet and […] Read More


Mealybug

Mealybug Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Insecta
Order
Hemiptera
Family
Pseudococcidae

Fun Fact: They have a symbiotic relationship with ants.

Mealybugs are a type of unarmored scale insect found in warm, moist habitats around the world. Many species are pests because they cause damage to many plants, both indoors and outdoors. They also transmit plant diseases, inject plant toxins, and cause deformity, leaf drop, and sooty mold as they feed off plant sap. Mealybugs feed […] Read More


Meerkat

Meerkat Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Herpestidae
Genus
Suricata
Scientific Name
Suricata suricatta

Fun Fact: One will stand on guard to watch for predators!

Meerkat Classification and Evolution The Meerkat (also known as the Suricate) is a small species of foraging mammal that is found inhabiting the harsh conditions of the open and arid, semi-desert plains in southern Africa. A member of the Mongoose family, Meerkats differ from the other 35 Mongoose species in a number of ways with […] Read More


Megalodon

Megalodon Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Chondrichthyes
Order
Lamnifores
Family
Otodontidae
Genus
Otodus
Scientific Name
Otodus megalodon

Fun Fact: The largest shark to ever live!

The megalodon was the largest shark to ever live. With a size that could reach in excess of 50 feet and estimates for its weight stretching beyond 100,000 pounds, the megalodon was significantly larger than any other shark species on record. Learn about the largest ocean animals to have ever lived here. Incredible Megalodon Facts!  In January […] Read More


Megamouth Shark

Megamouth Shark Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Chondrichthyes
Order
Lamniformes
Family
Megachasmidae
Genus
Megachasma
Scientific Name
Megachasma pelagios

Fun Fact: Swims with its mouth open to capture prey

The megamouth shark is also known as the big mouth shark. One of the most interesting facts about this shark is it was first spotted just a few decades ago in 1976. It’s a deepwater shark that’s rarely seen by humans making it all the more mysterious. The megamouth shark swims along slowly with its […] Read More


Mekong Giant Catfish

Mekong Giant Catfish Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Siluriformes
Family
Pangasiidae
Genus
Pangasianodon
Scientific Name
Pangasianodon gigas

Fun Fact: The Mekong giant catfish is the largest purely freshwater fish in the world

The Mekong giant catfish is the largest purely freshwater fish in the world The Mekong giant catfish is widely regarded as the largest purely freshwater fish in the world (excluding the species that migrate between saltwater and freshwater like the sturgeon). With their huge mouths and low-set eyes, these large shark catfish trawl the waters […] Read More


Mexican Alligator Lizard

Mexican Alligator Lizard Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Anguidae
Genus
Abronia
Scientific Name
Abronia graminea

Fun Fact: Mexican alligator lizards shed their skin like snakes.

The Mexican alligator lizard lives about 130 feet in the air in Mexico’s cloud forests. This bright green lizard is listed as endangered as man destroys its habitat for agricultural purposes. There has been very little study of this lizard in the wild, but it lives for about 10 years in captivity. 5 Incredible Mexican […] Read More


Mexican Free-Tailed Bat

Mexican Free-Tailed Bat Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Chiroptera
Family
Molossidae
Genus
Tadarida
Scientific Name
Tadarida brasiliensis

Fun Fact: Some colonies have millions of bats

“Mexican free-tailed bats can fly 47 mph” One colony can contain millions of Mexican free-tailed bats. They are carnivores eating dozens of insects each evening. These bats are the most common type found in Texas. Female bats give birth to one baby, also called a pup. They can live up to 18 years. 5 Incredible […] Read More


Mexican Mole Lizard

Mexican Mole Lizard Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Bipedidae
Genus
Bipes
Scientific Name
Bipes biporus

Fun Fact: They can break off part of their tail, but it will not grow back.

“A species of lizard that looks like a worm” Mexican mole lizards are also called five-toed worm lizards. They are odd-looking and fascinating. They are a burrowing reptile species. They spend most of their time in underground burrows. Due to their appearance, they are sometimes mistaken for a snake. This makes some humans fear these […] Read More


Miki

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

Fun Fact: They can be trained to use the litter box like a cat!

While they’re believed to share ancestry with the Shih Tzu, Yorkshire Terrier, and Japanese Chin, the exact lineage of the Miki isn’t entirely known. It was first introduced by breeder Maureen van Wormer — also known as Mikki Mackin — from Wisconsin. The toy-sized Miki didn’t come into existence until the 1980s, but this rare […] Read More


Milkfish

Milkfish Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Gonorhynchiformes
Family
Chanidae
Genus
Chanos
Scientific Name
Chanos chanos

Fun Fact: Females lay up to 5 million eggs at one time in warm, shallow and salty waters

Milkfish, whose other names include Bandeng and Bangos, are the last remaining living species of the Chanidae family. Five other previous genera are now extinct. This group of fish dates all the way back to the Early Cretaceous period in Earth’s history. It has roamed the warm, tropical waters of what are now the Indian […] Read More


Millipede

Millipede Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Diplopoda

Fun Fact: Some species have a poisonous bite!

The millipede belongs to the phylum of arthropods, falling under the same family as spiders and butterflies. They aren’t considered to be insects, though they have a hard exoskeleton that protects their body. Though some species of millipede are poisonous, they are largely without defense against natural predators. They have no pinchers, stingers, or claws […] Read More


Mini Labradoodle

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

Fun Fact: The first mini labradoodle was bred in the early 1990s - almost immediately after standard labradoodles became popular.

Like their labrador retriever parents, mini labradoodles are known to be excellent swimmers. Try taking your pup out to a dog-friendly pool for a bit of fun on a hot summer day. When you cross a labrador retriever with a standard poodle, you get the labradoodle. But when breeders use a miniature poodle instead, the […] Read More


Miniature Bull Terrier

Miniature Bull Terrier Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Canidae
Genus
Canis
Scientific Name
Canis lupus

Fun Fact: This dog has a very happy-go-lucky temperament.

Miniature Bull Terriers are happy-go-lucky, highly active, and exceedingly small in size. The miniature bull terrier is a friendly and active dog that only stands about 14 inches tall as an adult. This breed likes to get plenty of exercise, but there’s always a chance that their playtime can become a little rambunctious. They have […] Read More


Miniature Husky

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

Fun Fact: The Miniature Husky has a double coat that it sheds twice annually. Also, some people confuse them with Alaskan Klee Kai, which have similar blue eyes.

A miniature Husky is a smaller version of the normal Siberian Husky. They have the same personality traits as the regular huskies and require special grooming to avoid shedding. Much like regular Huskies, the miniature Siberian huskies attract attention wherever they go. They are smaller in size but behave the same as a standard Husky […] Read More


Miniature Pinscher

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

Fun Fact: Stable rodents were kept in check by using it as a barnyard ratter.

The Miniature Pinscher comes from the German Pinscher, the Dachsund, and the Italian Greyhound. For being such a small dog, they have an incredibly high gait that no other pup can boast. Miniature Pinscher Introduction Also known as the Zwergpinscher, the miniature pinscher has been loved for decades for the playful and energetic attitude for […] Read More


Mink

Mink Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Mustelidae
Genus
Mustela or Neovison
Scientific Name
Mustela lutreola or Neovison vison

Fun Fact: The mink can swim up to 100 feet underwater.

The mink is a semi-aquatic relative of the weasel. It is a proficient swimmer, a territorial neighbor, and a surprisingly tenacious predator. This animal may not look like much of a fighter, but the mink can take down prey that’s almost as large as itself. Even large predators must be careful about how to approach […] Read More


Minke Whale

Minke Whale Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Cetacea
Family
Balaenopteridae
Genus
Balaenoptera
Scientific Name
Balaenoptera acutorostrata

Fun Fact: There are two recognised species!

Minke Whales are the smallest of the Baleen Whales. Still, this mammal can weigh up to 20,000 pounds and grow to be up to 35 feet long. There are two main species of these whales. They are Common Minke Whales and Antarctic Minke Whales. These whales are black or dark gray with white bellies. There […] Read More


Mississippi Kite

Mississippi Kite Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Accipitriformes
Family
Accipitridae
Genus
Ictinia
Scientific Name
Ictinia mississippiensis

Fun Fact: The Mississippi kite tends to form a monogamous pair bond for life

The Mississippi kite soars gracefully through the air, searching diligently for food below. They are among the most common birds of prey in the southern parts of the United States. Entire groups of these birds can be seen roosting together in the summer. There are many fun facts to discover about this fascinating bird of […] Read More


Mole

Mole Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Soricomorpha
Family
Talpidae
Scientific Name
Talpidae

Fun Fact: Primarily hunts and feeds on Earthworms!

“Moles are among the most remarkable diggers in the animal kingdom.“ In human culture, moles are animals that have sometimes conjured up images of industry and hard work. With their massive claws, they hollow out an impressive system of tunnels and chambers underneath soft, moist soil. These complex underground labyrinths provide defensive protection, a source […] Read More


Mole Cricket

Mole Cricket Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Insecta
Order
Orthoptera
Family
Gryllotalpidae

Fun Fact: Adult Mole crickets may fly as far as 5 miles during mating season and are active most of the year.

The mole cricket is a family of burrowing insects (hence the name). Most of them have a shovel-like forelimb that enables them to dig through the dirt and create elaborate tunnels. Almost every aspect of the cricket’s life, including feeding, breeding, and protection from predators, take place underground, despite the fact that most of them […] Read More


Molly

Molly Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Cyprinodontiformes
Family
Poeciliidae
Genus
Poecilia
Scientific Name
Poecilia

Fun Fact: Known for their calm and peaceful nature!

There are more than 40 recognized species of the Molly fish, but only a handful of them are popularly kept in aquariums. First identified by naturalists during the 1820s, molly fish are American fish that are primarily found in the wild in areas of North and South America. Since around 1899, the molly has been […] Read More


Monarch Butterfly

Monarch Butterfly Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Insecta
Order
Lepidoptera
Family
Nymphalidae
Genus
Danaus
Scientific Name
Danaus plexippus

Fun Fact: During migration, Monarch Butterflies may travel 250 or more miles each day.

The food a Monarch eats as a caterpillar will provide the fuel for their migration as an adult butterfly. Monarch Butterflies are known for their very distinct orange, black, and white coloring. These amazing creatures go through four stages in their life cycle: egg, larvae, pupa, and adult. While some adult monarch butterflies may only […] Read More


Mongoose

Mongoose Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Herpestidae
Genus
Herpestes
Scientific Name
Helogale Parvula

Fun Fact: Range in size from just 1 to 3 foot!

Fast and agile, the mongoose is an adept hunter that will feed on almost anything it can catch. The mongoose is a small, sleek animal (similar in appearance to a weasel) that roams the forests and plains of Asia and Africa. Because of its rather bold temperament, the mongoose has been the subject of human […] Read More


Mongrel

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

Fun Fact: Has characteristics of two or more breeds!

A mongrel results from the unintentional breeding of two dogs. Mongrels, also known as mutts, are a mixed-breed dog. Unlike ‘designer’ mixed breeds, such as Golden Doodles, Cockapoos, or Puggles, a mongrel results from the unintentional breeding of two dogs. It is estimated that there are about 150 million mongrels around the globe. Many people […] Read More


Monitor Lizard

Monitor Lizard Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Varanidae
Genus
Varanus

Fun Fact: Some species are thought to carry a weak venom!

Lizards in the monitor lizard family are among the largest lizards in the world. These reptiles are mainly native to Asia, Africa, and Australia, but can also be found in parts of the Americas due to the illegal pet trade. Monitor lizards are known for their large claws, powerful tails, long necks, and well-developed legs. […] Read More


Monkey

Monkey Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Primates
Family
Cebidae
Scientific Name
Macaca Fascicularis

Fun Fact: There are around 260 known species!

Monkeys comprise a wide range of species throughout much of the tropical world. Despite their raw variety, most of them face threats from human development, capture and hunting. Though all monkeys have many similar characteristics and a close relationship to humans, an early evolutionary shift created two major groups today: “old” and “new” world monkeys. […] Read More


Monkfish

Monkfish Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Lophiiformes
Family
Lophiidae
Genus
Lophius

Fun Fact: Called "The Poor Man's Lobster!"

Monkfish are part of the genus Lophius and are found along the coasts of the Atlantic Ocean and also in Asia. Long a popular food staple in European cooking, the monkfish’s popularity has risen in other regions such as the United States and Japan. Its sweet, yet firm meat has been described as the “poor […] Read More


Monte Iberia Eleuth

Monte Iberia Eleuth Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Amphibia
Order
Anura
Family
Leptodactylidae
Genus
Eleutherodactylus
Scientific Name
Eleutherodactylus iberia

Fun Fact: The smallest frog in the Northern Hemisphere!

The Monte Iberia eleuth is a dwarf frog (though it is often simply referred to as the Monte Iberia frog), only growing to be less than half an inch in length. In the entire world, the only frog that is quite as small is the Brazilian Golden frog. As part of the eleutherodactylid species, the […] Read More


Moorhen

Moorhen Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Gruiformes
Family
Rallidae
Genus
Gallinula
Scientific Name
Gallinula

Fun Fact: Feeds on aquatic insects and water-spiders!

Moorhens can walk on top of water plants in ponds and lakes. The common moorhen, also called the common gallinule, are birds that are found around the world, just about every place except for the polar regions and tropical jungles. These birds are black with distinctive yellow legs and a red beak with a shield […] Read More


Moose

Moose Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Artiodactyla
Family
Cervidae
Genus
Alces
Scientific Name
Alces alces

Fun Fact: Renews it's enormous antlers every year!

“Largest of all deer species.” Moose are the largest of the deer species and the tallest mammals in North America. Found in the U.S., Canada, Asia and Europe, fully grown adults stand six feet from ground to shoulder. They are identified by long faces, muzzles hanging over their chins and a flap of skin swaying […] Read More


Moray Eel

Moray Eel Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Anguilliformes
Family
Muraenidae
Scientific Name
Muraenidae

Fun Fact: Can grow to nearly 2 meters in length!

Moray eels live in oceans throughout the world. Most moray eels live in saltwater while a few live in freshwater. These fish have double jaws featuring a collection of sharp teeth. There are 220 species in this family of creatures. 3 Incredible Moray Eel Facts! • Razor teeth: The moray eel is a fish that […] Read More


Morkie

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

Fun Fact: A Morkie puppy can weigh as little as 4 ounces.

A Morkie puppy can weigh as little as 4 ounces. Cuteness must be exponential because when you cross an adorable Yorkshire terrier with a loveable Maltese, you get a Morkie, which is ten times cuter than either of its parents. With its tiny size, its big, soulful eyes, and its long silky coat, a Morkie […] Read More


Moscow Watchdog

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

Fun Fact: This Molosser-type dog is the Russian cousin of St. Bernard.

The Moscow watchdog bite force has a bite force of 259 psi. The Moscow watchdog (Moskovskaya Storodzevay Sobaka) is a giant Russian service dog that was developed in the 1980s in the former Soviet Union. This hybrid is the result of a cross mainly between the St. Bernard and the Caucasian Ovcharka (Caucasian Shepherd Dog), […] Read More


Moth

Moth Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Insecta
Order
Lepidoptera
Scientific Name
Gynnidomorpha Alisman

Fun Fact: There are 250,000 different species!

Moths are an extremely diverse species with more than 160,000 different types in the world, while there are only 17,500 species of butterfly. Most types of moths are nocturnal (active at night). During the day, they hide under the leaves of trees or find a way to get into a dark attic or basement of […] Read More


Mountain Bluebird

Mountain Bluebird Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Passeriformes
Family
Turdidae
Genus
Sialia
Scientific Name
Sialia currucoides

Fun Fact: Depending on the time of the year, the mountain bird can live as far north as Alaska.

The mountain bluebird makes its home in the pristine landscapes of the western Americas. Sporting an elegant bright blue plumage, this species can be seen perching on fence posts, wires, and trees, where it makes a loud warbling sound. These are one of the most quintessential and widespread songbirds in the entire Americas. 4 Amazing […] Read More


Mountain Cur

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

Fun Fact:

Mountain Curs can be trained to perform a variety of tasks from assisting on a hunt to guarding livestock to working on a farm. Mountain Curs are purebred hunting dogs that are used for trailing and treeing raccoons, squirrels, and other small game. They may also be used for hunting larger animals, such as wild […] Read More


Mountain Feist

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

Fun Fact: Mountain Feists were bred in the southern United States as a dog that could help with hunting small game.

Mountain Feists were bred in the southern United States as a dog that could help with hunting small game. To this day, they are often used to hunt rabbits, raccoons, and, especially, squirrels. Mountain Feists are small, yet muscular dogs who were initially bred to help with hunting vermin and other small game in the […] Read More


Mountain Gorilla

Mountain Gorilla Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Primates
Family
Hominidae
Genus
Gorilla
Scientific Name
Gorilla Berengei Berengei

Fun Fact: Isolated populations found in the mountains!

Big yet gentle, fierce yet compassionate, the mountain gorilla is an interesting contrast of extremes. These big lumbering giants reside deep within the cloud forests of central Africa. Mountain gorillas exhibit a keen intelligence and rich emotional and social life. As one of humanity’s closest living relatives, they offer a fascinating glimpse into our own evolution […] Read More


Mountain Lion

Mountain Lion Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Felidae
Genus
Puma
Scientific Name
Felis Concolor

Fun Fact: Has no real natural predators!

“Can jump to the height of a two-story building!” The mountain lion is a large, tan colored cat species native to North America, Central America and South America. In the United States, these cats live primarily in western states and Florida. Also called by the name cougar, puma, catamount and panther, mountain lions are animals […] Read More


Mourning Dove

Mourning Dove Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Columbiformes
Family
Columbidae
Genus
Zenaida
Scientific Name
Zenaida macroura

Fun Fact: It is almost always the male who makes the famous sad sound, which is a wooing call

The mourning dove is also called American mourning dove, grey dove, rain dove, or turtle dove, and was once called Carolina pigeon or Carolina turtledove. It is a member of the dove family, Columbidae. As one of the most common North American birds, it is famous for its easily recognizable silhouette, the mourning sound of […] Read More


Mouse

Mouse Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Rodentia
Family
Muridae
Genus
Mus

Fun Fact: Found on every continent on Earth!

The mouse is a small animal in the order Rodentia, with the most well-known species being the common house mouse. These mammals all have small bodies, rounded ears, a pointed snout, a long tail, and a high breeding rate. While the field mouse is well-known for invading homes for food and shelter, the house mouse […] Read More


Mudi

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

Fun Fact: Mudi dogs have a reputation for being able to control a herd of 500 sheep.

Mudi dogs are able to keep track of a herd of 500 sheep. Have you ever heard of the Mudi? If not, it may be because there are believed to be just a few thousand of these dogs living throughout the world. But, despite being few in population, the Mudi dog has a long list […] Read More


Mudpuppy

Mudpuppy Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Amphibia
Order
Urodela
Family
Proteidae
Genus
Necturus
Scientific Name
Necturus maculosus

Fun Fact: Mudpuppies never leave their larval stage. This is called neoteny.

The mudpuppy is a type of salamander, which is a type of amphibian. What is interesting about this unassuming animal, also called the waterdog, is that it stays in its larval, or immature stage all of its long life. The hatchlings of amphibians commonly spend their larval stage in water, breathing through gills. Eventually, they […] Read More


Mule

Mule Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Perissodactyla
Family
Equidae
Genus
Equus
Scientific Name
Equus mulus

Fun Fact: The offspring of a horse and donkey parents!

“A stupid mule is still smarter than a good horse or a bad man.” Mules are a genetic hybrid that has been the workhorse of human civilization for millennia. Stronger than a horse, but gentler than a donkey, the mule combines all the best elements of both breeds into a package that is a staple […] Read More


Muntjac

Muntjac Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Artiodactyla
Family
Cervidae
Genus
Muntiacus

Fun Fact: The muntjac is the smallest type of deer in the world

The muntjac is characterized by short antlers and long canine teeth, both features of early “primitive” deer. The muntjac (pronounced munt-jack with an “uh” sound) is a genus of small deer native to Asia. It’s also known as the barking deer (because of the sound it makes) and the rib-faced deer (because of the bony […] Read More


Muskox

Muskox Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Artiodactyla
Family
Artiodactyla
Genus
Ovibos
Scientific Name
Ovibos moschatus

Fun Fact: Muskox have several physical characteristics that allow them to survive in the Arctic climate.

“A male muskox can weigh up to 900 pounds.” Musk oxen have physical adaptations that allow them to live in the harsh Arctic climate year-round. They are herbivores eating grass, roots, flowers, lichen, moss, and other plant life. Musk oxen live in groups called herds. These large mammals can live up to 20 years. 5 […] Read More


Muskrat

Muskrat Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Rodentia
Family
Cricetidae
Genus
Ondatra
Scientific Name
Ondatra zibethicus

Fun Fact: The muskrat can stay underwater up to 17 minutes at a time

The muskrat is a feisty rodent that splits its time between water and land. With its webbed feet and big rudder-like tail, the muskrat is a very well adapted and successful species that has a massive range across the freshwater wetlands and lakes of the Northern Hemisphere. Although it doesn’t engage in massive construction projects […] Read More


Myna Bird

Myna Bird Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Passeriformes
Family
Sturnidae

Fun Fact: For a nice price, the mynah bird makes a good pet.

The Myna bird is called “The bird who prays.” Mynah birds are passerines or songbirds. They don’t all belong to one species or even one genus. All of them, basically, are types of starlings and belong to the family Sturnidae. These intelligent, admittedly noisy, and fascinating birds have been introduced around the world, including California, […] Read More



A Megalodon
Megalodon

The largest shark to ever live!

A Maltese
Maltese

Originally bred in Europe!


Newest Animals that Start with the Letter M

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

A Mississippi Kite
Mississippi Kite

The Mississippi kite tends to form a monogamous pair bond for life

A Mealybug
Mealybug

They have a symbiotic relationship with ants.

A Mexican Mole Lizard
Mexican Mole Lizard

They can break off part of their tail, but it will not grow back.

Animals that Start with M