Animals that Start with P



Read below for information on 85 different animals that start with the letter P, from pademelon to pygmy marmoset. The most popular animal that starts with the letter P is the panther, which is not actually a species in of itself, but a common name for members of the big cat family that includes leopards and jaguars. The least popular P animal is the pool frog, the least common amphibian in the United Kingdom. Interesting facts about letter P name animals include:

  • Puffer fish are the second most poisonous animal in the world
  • Platypuses are so unique looking the first specimen seen in Europe was believed to be fake
  • At 6-12 feet, pelicans have one of the largest wingspans of any bird

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A Panther
Panther

Prefers to hunt at night than during the day!

A Pointer
Pointer

An independent, loyal and high energy breed!


Animals that Start with P

Paddlefish

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Acipenseriformes
Family
Polyodontidae

Fun Fact: Paddlefish have existed since the Cretaceous Period

The paddlefish, also known as the American paddlefish, Mississippi paddlefish, and spoonbill, is a freshwater fish that is primarily found in the open waters of the Mississippi River basin. With the Chinese paddlefish, it was one of just two extant species of paddlefish in the world. In 2020, however, the Chinese paddlefish was declared extinct, […] Read More


Pademelon

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Diprotodontia
Family
Macropodidae
Genus
Thylogale
Scientific Name
Thylogale

Fun Fact: Inhabits the jungles of the far east!

A cousin of the kangaroo and the wallaby Found in Australia’s forest and island areas, the pademelon is a small to mid-size marsupial. It is a solitary animal and a nocturnal one. There are seven pademelon species, but the animal’s population numbers are suffering because many of them are losing their habitats and being hunted. […] Read More


Painted Turtle

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Testudines
Family
Emydidae
Genus
Chrysemys
Scientific Name
Chrysemys picta

Fun Fact: Male painted turtles have longer nails.

Painted turtles have an incredibly long lifespan and can get as old as 50 years. The painted turtle is North America‘s most common type of aquatic turtle. These adorable small reptiles have wide shells, dark skin, and colorful stripes across their legs and neck. Whether they’re living together in a shallow pond or enjoying domestic […] Read More


Pangolin

Kingdom
Animalia

Fun Fact: Bad eyesight, but great sense of smell

“The Pangolin is the most trafficked mammal on the planet.” The pangolin isn’t an ordinary animal by any means. They have interesting scales and a characteristic reaction of rolling over when threatened leave a distinct impression on those who encounter them. Their unique coat has also made them a prime target for poaching and trafficking, […] Read More


Panther

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Felidae
Genus
Panthera
Scientific Name
Panthera pardus, Panthera onca

Fun Fact: Prefers to hunt at night than during the day!

Classification and Evolution The Panther (also commonly known as the Black Panther) is a large member of the Big Cat family, native to Asia, Africa and the Americas. The Panther is not a distinct species itself but is the general name used to refer to any black coloured feline of the Big Cat family, most […] Read More


Papillon

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

Fun Fact: Originally called the Toy Spaniel, the Papillon is one of the oldest breeds in the toy group. They can be found in artwork dating back to the 16th century.

Originally called the Toy Spaniel, this is one of the oldest breeds in the toy group. They can be found in artwork dating back to the 16th century. Originally called the Toy Spaniel, the Papillon is an old breed that has provided companionship for centuries. The dog was known as a toy spaniel early on […] Read More


Parakeet

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Psittaciformes
Family
Psittacidae

Fun Fact: Monk parakeets are the only parakeets that actually build nests. They’re also the only parakeets to nest in great colonies.

The little Parakeet has delighted people with their intelligence, playfulness, and their plumage of fancy colors for hundreds of years. Not only that, they are easy to care for and low cost. 4 Amazing Parakeet Facts! Most adult birds have few predators. The rose-ringed parakeet makes soft sounds like purrs to scare predators off.It is […] Read More


Parrot

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Psittaciformes
Family
Psittacidae

Fun Fact: Can live for up to 100 years!

Parrots are birds that have been kept as pets since ancient times, offering a raucous and gaudy demeanor. Parrots (scientific name: Psittaciformes) are part of the Psittacidae family in their classification. They are known for their wittiness, amusement, and intelligence, though they have an incredibly affectionate personality as well. They are famous for the imitation […] Read More


Parrotlet

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Psittaciformes
Family
Psittacidae
Genus
Forpus
Scientific Name
Forpus cyanopygius

Fun Fact: Parrotlets aren't the world's tiniest parrot — that would be the pygmy parrot of Australasia.

“The Smallest of the New World Parrots” Parrotlets are even smaller in size than parakeets. They have blunt tails and a feisty personality that can be aggressive. They can even deliver a surprisingly painful bite. A pet parrotlet is less social than a parakeet, though it can bond very intensely with a mate or its […] Read More


Parson Russell Terrier

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

Fun Fact: The root stock of the breed was a dog named Trump

The Parson Russell Terrier was bred in England in the 1800s for the purpose of hunting foxes. These hunts were largely formalized affairs involving riders on horseback and packs of hounds pursuing an individual fox to his eventual doom. While there were many breeds of hounds that served well in the pursuit of the fox, […] Read More


Patas Monkey

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Primates
Family
Cercopithecidae
Genus
Erythrocebus
Scientific Name
Erythrocebus patas

Fun Fact: The fastest species of primate in the world!

Patas Monkey Classification and Evolution The Patas Monkey is a medium to large sized species of Old World Monkey that is found inhabiting the open grasslands of Central Africa. Also known as the Military Monkey, the Hussar Monkey and the Red Guenon, the Patas Monkey is the only member of its genus due to the […] Read More


Patterdale Terrier

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

Fun Fact: A Patterdale Terrier’s small body structure allows it to squeeze into fox burrows.

Patterdale Terriers have a strong, lean body that allows them to squeeze into a fox’s burrow. Patterdale Terriers are strong, friendly, and loyal dogs. This breed is originally from Great Britain and dates back to the mid-20th century. They were bred to go along on fox hunts to drive the fox out of its burrow. […] Read More


Peacock

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Galliformes
Family
Phasianidae
Genus
Pavo

Fun Fact: Most commonly found on the Indian mainland!

“Peacocks are among the biggest flying birds on earth.” Peacocks are famous for their large, iridescent tail feather plumage. While it is the most widely recognized feature of peafowls, only males have these beautiful tail colorings. Some species have a plumage that is smaller than the commonly known blue peacock, or Indian peacock which is […] Read More


Peacock Butterfly

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Insecta
Order
Lepidoptera
Family
Nymphalidae
Genus
Aglais
Scientific Name
Aglais io

Fun Fact: The eyespots on this butterfly’s wings deter predators from attacking.

“A 2005 scientific experiment revealed that not all predators are scared away by this butterfly’s eyespots.” When you look at a Peacock butterfly, it’s easy to tell how it got its name. The eyespot pattern on its wings is very similar to the pattern on a peacock’s feathers. These butterflies are found in woodlands, gardens, […] Read More


Peacock Spider

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Arachnida
Order
Araneae
Family
Salticidae
Genus
Maratus

Fun Fact: They can jump up to 10 centimeters (40 times their body size) and see the full rainbow spectrum of light, including UV.

Peacock spider refer to several species of Australian jumping spiders with elaborate mating dances. They are not poisonous, only mildly venomous, and males are known for their brightly rainbow-colored bodies and ability to dance during their courtship rituals. They can jump about 10 centimeters, or 40 times as far as their bodies are long. They […] Read More


Peagle

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

Fun Fact: Peagles enjoy being the center of attention. This can make them a very entertaining breed to own.

Peagles enjoy being the center of attention. This can make them a very entertaining breed to own. Peagles are a hybrid dog breed created by breeding a Pekingese and a Beagle. They are generally very affectionate and playful, though their exact temperament can vary based on the specific mix of genes they inherit from the […] Read More


Peekapoo

Kingdom
Animalia

Fun Fact: Peekapoos were first bred in the 1950’s, making them one of the first designer dog breeds.

Peekapoos are a mixed breed dog, or a hybrid breed, that results from crossing a Pekingese and a Poodle. There are a lot of Poodle hybrid breeds, but the Peekapoo was one of the first of these hybrid breeds. They were first bred in the 1950s. Peekapoos were initially developed to be a good companion […] Read More


Pekingese

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

Fun Fact: Thought to be over 2,000 years old!

Pekingese, also known as a “lion dog,” are toy dogs and are fairly compact in their build. They usually weigh up to 14 pounds and have a long fur coat all over their bodies. Their ears are large and rounder (in comparison to their bodies), and their eyes are dark and sparkly. They are particularly […] Read More


Pelican

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Pelecaniformes
Family
Pelecanidae
Genus
Pelecanus

Fun Fact: Can have a wingspan of up to 3 meters!

With their distinctive stocky build and unique bills, pelicans are birds that have been a symbol of popular culture since medieval times, appearing in art and on coats of arms. These waterfowl are known for the massive amounts of fish they consume, often eating as much as four pounds per day. One of the lesser-known […] Read More


Pembroke Welsh Corgi

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

Fun Fact: The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a favorite breed of Queen Elizabeth II

The name Corgi comes from the combination of two Welsh words: cor for dwarf and gi for dog. According to Welsh lore, these dogs were thought to be originally owned by fairies and elves. As comparative giants, the Corgis helped to pull the tiny carts and carriages of these magical creatures. The patch of darker […] Read More


Penguin

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Sphenisciformes
Family
Spheniscidae
Scientific Name
Aptenodytes Forsteri

Fun Fact: Spends 75% of it's time hunting for food!

Penguins are one of the most beloved animals on the planet! Their tuxedo coloring, adorable waddle, and cute faces make penguins one of the most beloved animals in the world. From the equatorial deserts of Africa to the Nordic grasslands of Scandinavia, humans can’t help but ooooh and awww over the aquatic, flightless birds! A […] Read More


Pere Davids Deer

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Artiodactyla
Family
Cervidae
Genus
Elaphurus
Scientific Name
Elaphurus davidianus

Fun Fact: Has webbing between its toes, aiding in swimming!

“A Pere David’s deer has webbing between its toes and is an excellent swimmer” Pere David’s deer live in large groups. They are herbivores that mostly eat grass. The average lifespan of this deer is 18 years. Most female Pere David’s deer have just one baby or fawn. A fawn stands up and nurses its […] Read More


Peregrine Falcon

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

Fun Fact: Fastest animal on Earth

“The Peregrine Falcon is a small, deadly and powerful aerial diver.” Peregrine falcons, also historically known as the duck hawk in North America, are one of the most prolific and powerful predatory birds on the entire planet. Their hooked beak, dark tear marks and grey to brown feathers are recognizable across every continent except Antarctica. […] Read More


Perro De Presa Canario

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

Fun Fact: The breed has feet like a cat, with rounded toes that are not too close together. His unique feet give him a distinctive, long, elastic stride.

The Perro De Presa Canario’s cat-like feet give it a distinctive, graceful gait. The Perro De Presa Canario is an ancient breed, dating back to the 15th century. Developed on the Canary Islands, the breed was used to protect and herd cattle. Unfortunately, his size and strength made him a popular choice for those involved […] Read More


Persian

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

Fun Fact: Thought to have originated in the Middle East!

The Persian cat is a famous breed with an instantly recognizable appearance. Persians have sweet faces and elegant coats of fur in a variety of delicate color patterns. If you’re looking for a reserved cat that will add a touch of class to your home, the Persian is an excellent choice. Persian Traits: What to […] Read More


Peruvian Inca Orchid

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

Fun Fact: The Peruvian Inca Orchid is the national dog of Peru

The Peruvian Inca Orchid goes by many names, including perro sin pelo de Peru (Peruvian hairless dog), the perros flora (flower dog), the Inca hairless dog, and the Peruvian viringo. Since its body radiates a lot of heat, it was once used as bed warmers during the night. It was supposedly imbued with mystical properties […] Read More


Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen

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

Fun Fact: A small dog with a big, lively personality.

The Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen (or PBGV for short) is a small dog with a big, lively personality. Originating from the Vendéen region of western France, it descends from a larger breed called simply the Griffon Vendéen. It was then honed over many generations of careful breeding to create an excellent scent hound. This breed […] Read More


Petite Goldendoodle

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

Fun Fact: Like their purebred parents, these dogs love the water!

When a Petite Goldendoodle sees a swimming pool, stream, or lake, they can’t resist taking a quick dip or a long swim. A Goldendoodle dog is a result of breeding a Golden Retriever with a standard poodle. A Petite Goldendoodle is a mix between a toy poodle and a Golden Retriever. Some Petite Goldendoodles have […] Read More


Pheasant

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Galliformes
Family
Phasianidae
Genus
Phasianus
Scientific Name
Phasianus Colchicus

Fun Fact: Females lay between 8 and 12 eggs per clutch!

Pheasants are gorgeous game birds that feature beautiful plumage and long, powerful legs. There are an estimated 49 pheasant species, but the common pheasant, the Golden Pheasant, the Reeves’s Pheasant, and the silver pheasant are some of the most well-known types. The Pheasant bird comes from Asia, and it was brought to the United States […] Read More


Pied Tamarin

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Primates
Family
Callitrichidae
Genus
Saguinus
Scientific Name
Saguinus bicolor

Fun Fact: Only found in one area of Brazil!

“One of the 25 Most Endangered Primates” Pied tamarins are endangered primates in northwest Brazil. The Yoda-looking species, who enjoy strong social bonds, also go by Brazilian bare-faced tamarins. Primates in Peril list pied tamarins as one of the 25 most endangered primates. Furthermore, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, the […] Read More


Pig

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Artiodactyla
Family
Suidae
Genus
Sus
Scientific Name
Sus scrofa scrofa

Fun Fact: Thought to have been domesticated in 9,000 BC!

The pig was among the first animals to be domesticated. Among the first animals to be domesticated by humans, the pig is found everywhere in the world except in Antarctica, North Africa, and far-northern Eurasia. These highly social and intelligent creatures are among the most populous large mammals in the world and are very biologically […] Read More


Pigeon

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Columbiformes
Family
Columbidae

Fun Fact: They can find their way back to their nests from up to 1300 miles away.

Pigeons are very widely distributed, with over 250 species worldwide. Pigeons are part of the family Columbidae. Scientifically, they are the same as doves, though doves normally refer to smaller species of pigeon in layman’s terms. 5 Amazing Pigeon Facts! Some colorful species of these birds are bred in captivity, many with a wide variety […] Read More


Pika

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Lagomorpha
Family
Ochotonidae
Genus
Ochotona
Scientific Name
Ochotona Minor

Fun Fact: Found in mountainous regions and rocky areas

Parts of the Northern Hemisphere are home to the Pika. Even though they resemble a rat, their closest relatives in the animal kingdom are hares and rabbits. One of the ways you can tell you are looking at a Pika is that they don’t have tails. Their bodies are small and round.At Rocky Mountain National […] Read More


Pike Fish

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Esociformes
Family
Esocidae
Genus
Esox
Scientific Name
Esox

Fun Fact: Apex freshwater predators with fearsome teeth!

The pike is a long-bodied and aggressive northern freshwater fish that lies in wait near the bottom of the water for its quarry to pass by so it can snatch them up in the blink of an eye. The term pike, which originated centuries ago before taxonomy was a true science, has sown quite a […] Read More


Pileated Woodpecker

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Piciformes
Family
Picidae
Genus
Dryocopus
Scientific Name
Dryocopus pileatus

Fun Fact: Pairs establish territories and remain all year

Thanks to its carpenter ant-heavy diet, the pileated woodpecker is also known as the carpenter bird! The largest of the North American common woodpeckers, pileated woodpeckers are birds that are easy to recognize thanks to the distinctive red crests atop their heads. Found primarily across southern Canada, the eastern United States, the northern Rockies, and […] Read More


Pine Marten

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Mustelidae
Genus
Martes

Fun Fact: A pine marten can jump from tree to tree similar to a squirrel.

“A pine marten can jump a distance of 6 feet between trees” A pine marten is a long, sleek mammal similar in appearance to a weasel. Their habitats are pine trees, scrublands, and rocky hills. Though these small mammals have adorable faces, their sharp claws and teeth can be dangerous. The diet of this animal […] Read More


Pink Fairy Armadillo

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Cingulata
Family
Dasypodidae
Genus
Chlamyphorus
Scientific Name
Chlamyphorus truncatus

Fun Fact: The smallest known species of Armadillo

 “The smallest known species of armadillo” Also known as the Pichiciego, the pink fairy armadillo is the smallest known species of armadillo. It lives in the sandy plains and dry grasslands of central Argentina and other parts of South America. Unique adaptations like an aerodynamic body shape, smooth dorsal shell, and sharp claws mean this creature is […] Read More


Piranha

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Characiformes
Family
Characidae

Fun Fact: Generally found in fast-flowing streams!

Piranha is the common name used to refer to any of potentially over 60 species of freshwater fish with razor-sharp teeth. Piranhas have a nasty reputation for being fierce creatures that engage in deadly feeding frenzies. However, they actually eat a wide variety of food, including plants and carrion. Piranhas are fairly small, usually under […] Read More


Pitador

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

Fun Fact: There are several names for this breed, including the Labrabull or the Pitador Retriever.

Pitadors are called by various names, as they are a combination of two breeds. Some of the common terms include Lab-Pit or the Pitador Retriever. Pitador or Labrabull is a hybrid breed, combining the genetics of the American Pit Bull Terrier and the Labrador Retriever. Pitadors have a medium size, and they are energetic and […] Read More


Pitsky

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

Fun Fact: Most Pitskies will do best as the only pet in a home. They may become aggressive with other dogs (especially two unneutered male dogs) and could try to chase or catch small pets due to their higher prey drive.

Most Pitskies will do best as the only pet in a home. They may become aggressive with other dogs (especially two unneutered male dogs) and could try to chase or catch small pets due to their higher prey drive. Pitskies are a hybrid dog breed that is the result of breeding an American Pit Bull […] Read More


Platypus

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Monotremata
Family
Ornithorhynchidae
Genus
Ornithorhynchus
Scientific Name
Ornithorhynchus anatinus

Fun Fact: One of the only mammals to lay eggs!

Platypus Classification and Evolution The Platypus (also commonly known as the Duck-Billed Platypus) is a small species of semi-aquatic mammal indigenous to the eastern coast of Australia. Known for it’s unique looking appearance, the Platypus belongs to a small group of mammals called monotremes, of which there are only three species. The Platypus along with […] Read More


Pocket Beagle

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

Fun Fact: Queen Elizabeth I of England once owned several Pocket Beagles

The modern Pocket Beagle is an attempt to recreate the smaller old English scent hounds from centuries ago. The Pocket Beagle (also sometimes known as the Old English Pocket Beagle) is the name given to a unique line of miniature Beagles. As far back as the 13th century, breeders began to experiment with small hunting […] Read More


Pocket Pitbull

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

Fun Fact: The smaller size of the Pocket Pitbull made it better suited for fleeing game as compared to larger Foxhounds.

Originally, the breeding of the Pocket Pitbull seemed to be a mistake, so their origins are lost in history. However, there is some speculation that it rose in the early 19th century in England for spectator sports, but the dog had too gentle of temperament for these activities, becoming a family dog. Also known as […] Read More


Pointer

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

Fun Fact: An independent, loyal and high energy breed!

Pointers are a very active, energetic, and friendly dog breed. They make a great family dog for families that are active and able to get the dog the exercise it needs each day. Pointers were originally bred to point birds. Pointing refers to the dog alerting its owner of the location of prey. To do […] Read More


Poison Dart Frog

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Amphibia
Order
Anura
Family
Dendrobatidae

Fun Fact: Inhabits the jungles of Central and South America!

Poison dart frogs are a tiny species of frog that lives in Central and South America. One of their main adaptations to keep them safe from predators is their brightly colored skin, which ranges from yellow to bright blue or red. This skin warns predators looking to add them to their diet that these tiny […] Read More


Polar Bear

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Ursidae
Genus
Ursus
Scientific Name
Ursus maritimus

Fun Fact: Could be extinct within the next 30 years!

Polar Bear Classification and Evolution The Polar Bear is a large species of bear that is found inhabiting the ice fields in the Arctic Ocean. It is the biggest species of bear in the world (with the exception of the Kodiak Brown Bears found in Alaska which can reach similar sizes) with males often weighing-in […] Read More


Polish Lowland Sheepdog

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

Fun Fact: Despite having shaggy hair that covers its eyes, this dog is known for its watchful gaze when guarding a herd.

The Polish Lowland Sheepdog is so popular in Poland its likeness was featured on a postage stamp. The history of the Polish Lowland Sheepdog dates all the way back to the 1500s. They originated in Central Asia and became popular in Europe in the 1800 and 1900s. Its parents are the Tibetan Terrier and a […] Read More


Polyphemus moth

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Insecta
Order
Lepidoptera
Family
Saturniidae
Genus
Antheraea
Scientific Name
Antheraea polyphemus

Fun Fact: The Polyphemus moth doesn’t eat.

“The Polyphemus moth is named after a character in Greek mythology!” A member of the Saturniidae family, this large moth is easily recognizable by the eyespots on its wings. These spots are supposed to startle would-be predators when the moth suddenly opens its wings, which should give the moth time to fly to a safer […] Read More


Pomapoo

Kingdom
Animalia

Fun Fact: Pomapoos like companionship and do not like being alone. They may do better in a home with other dogs.

Bringing home a Pomapoo puppy is a lot like bringing home a new baby. They’ll require a lot of care, time, and attention. Pomapoos are a hybrid dog breed that is a mix between a Pomeranian and a Toy Poodle. They are a small dog that only weighs up to 15 pounds, but often less. […] Read More


Pomchi

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

Fun Fact: A deliberate cross like the Pomchi is commonly referred to as a designer dog

On its Pomeranian side, the Pomchi has descended from ancient sled dogs that worked up near the Arctic. The Pomeranian is actually a toy-sized version of these ancient sled dogs. The Pomchi is a unique cross between a Pomeranian and a Chihuahua. While these two breeds may sometimes reproduce on their own, this dog is […] Read More


Pomeagle

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

Fun Fact: Pomeagles are sweet and fun dogs that like to spend time exploring their environment.

Pomeranians are some of the most classic Victorian lapdogs, while Beagles are often accepted as one of the most attractive hunting breeds. When combined, the Pomeagle is one of the most unique crossbreeds on the market With fluffy hair, adventurous personalities, and plenty of energy for an entire day of activities, the Pomeagle is one […] Read More


Pomeranian

Kingdom
Animalia

Fun Fact: The ancestors of the Pomeranian were sled dogs.

Even though Pomeranians are quite small, their genetic line partially comes from large sled dogs like the Husky or the Alaskan Malamute. Before being bred to be much smaller, they were 20-30 lbs. at their adult weight. The Pomeranian, or the Dwarf Spitz, is a toy dog, only weighing about 7 lbs. at its heaviest. […] Read More


Pomsky

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

Fun Fact: The howls and barks of a Pomsky can sound like singing

The howling of a Pomsky can sound like singing. Breed a Pomeranian with a Siberian Husky and you get a Pomsky. Though Pomskies are a mix between these two purebreds, this hybrid normally has the appearance of a mini husky. The history of this dog only goes back ten years or so when a photo […] Read More


Pond Skater

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Insecta
Order
Hemiptera
Family
Gerridae

Fun Fact: There are 500 different species!

The pond skater, also known as a water strider, lives its entire life on or around water. But unlike many other aquatic insects, it has the ability to glide serenely across the surface as if by magic. These bugs are an integral part of the ecosystem wherever they’re found. They keep the populations of other […] Read More


Poochon

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

Fun Fact: The Poochon was first bred in Australia.

Poochons are a hybrid dog breed that are the result of breeding a Miniature or Toy Poodle with a Bichon Frisé. They are gaining popularity as a hypoallergenic mix as both Poodles and Bichon Frisés do not shed. The exact temperament of a Poochon can vary based on the specific traits they inherit from each […] Read More


Poodle

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

Fun Fact: Intelligent, alert and active!

Poodles are known to be impressive dogs and are very clever and elegant. They have beautiful hairdos and are the best show dogs for their elegant appearance and innate performance ability. Poodles make very affectionate family dogs and are known to be very talented. These dogs are usually purebred, but you can always find them […] Read More


Poogle

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

Fun Fact: The Poogle is one of 40 different doodle dog breeds (poodle mixes).

The Poogle is one of 40 different doodle dog breeds (poodle mixes). If you’re looking for a small- to a medium-sized dog who is intelligent, friendly, and playful, consider opening your heart to a Poogle. These are hybrid canines created by crossing either the miniature or toy poodle dog breed and the beagle dog breed. […] Read More


Pool Frog

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Amphibia
Order
Anura
Family
Ranidae
Genus
Pelophylax
Scientific Name
Pelophylax lessonae

Fun Fact: The rarest amphibian in the UK!

The pool frog has a wide range across much of Europe, but it appears to be in steady retreat across some parts of its former territory. The heaviest toll appears to have fallen on the native pool frog populations of Britain. The UK frogs went completely extinct in the mid-1990s and had to be reintroduced […] Read More


Porbeagle Shark

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Chondrichthyes
Order
Lamniformes
Family
Lamnidae
Genus
Lamna
Scientific Name
Lamna nasus

Fun Fact: The porbeagle is one of the few sharks that jumps out of the water

The porbeagle shark is a powerful predator that stalks the world’s deepest oceans in pursuit of prey with its high speed. As the name suggests, this species has reminded people of a beagle for its incredible endurance and dogged ability to chase down prey. The streamlined body and long gill slits are adaptations suited for […] Read More


Porcupine

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Rodentia
Family
Erethizontidae
Genus
Erethizon
Scientific Name
Erethizon Dorsaum

Fun Fact: There are 30 different species worldwide!

Porcupines are the third largest rodent on the planet. They are broken down into two types of porcupines, which are Old World and New World porcupines. These large rodents are known to fight off enormous predators, and they feast on plants, shrubs and trees throughout the year. Despite their fierce-looking exterior, they are gentle and […] Read More


Porpoise

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Artiodactyla
Family
Phocoenidae

Fun Fact: Surprisingly, not a dolphin!

A porpoise can swim as fast as 34 mph! There are seven species of porpoise and they are often mistaken for dolphins. These mammals live in rivers, estuaries, and bays in many areas of the world. A porpoise can dive more than 600 feet into the depths of the ocean. Porpoises communicate with one another in a […] Read More


Possum

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Diprotodontia
Family
Phalangeriformes
Genus
Phalangeridae
Scientific Name
Phalangeriforme

Fun Fact: There are 69 species on the Australian continent!

“The possum is one of the most common marsupials in Australia.“ Possums are nocturnal animals that can navigate tall trees with surprising agility and aplomb. Sometimes living side by side with humans, possums can be seen or even heard scurrying around on roofs or decks at night. The words possums and opossums are sometimes used […] Read More


Potoroo

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Diprotodontia
Family
Potoroidae
Genus
Potorous
Scientific Name
Potorous tridactylus

Fun Fact: They can carry items with their tail.

“A potoroo can carry a gathering of sticks, grass, and other material with its tail.” This animal is considered to be a rat-kangaroo. It hops on its back feet like a kangaroo but looks like a rat. Living in various areas of Australia, these animals make their homes in the underbrush on forest floors. The […] Read More


Prairie Dog

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Rodentia
Family
Sciuridae
Genus
Cynomys

Fun Fact: Prairie dog “towns” can consists of hundreds of individuals

The prairie dog sits at the center of the entire ecosystem of the American prairie. Despite their name, the five species of prairie dogs are not canines at all, but rodents. They were named for their dog-like barking sounds. They are considered to be the keystone species of the western plains. Their burrows help to […] Read More


Prairie Rattlesnake

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Family
Viperidae
Scientific Name
Crotalus viridis

Fun Fact: The striking distance of a prairie rattlesnake is 2/3rds the length of its body.

Prairie rattlesnakes may be dangerous, but they are not aggressive and will not attack humans unless provoked. The prairie rattlesnake is one of the most famous and well-recognized types of pit viper in the world. These snakes like to live in arid and grassy environments and are found all throughout the central United States. Although […] Read More


Prawn

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Order
Decapoda
Family
Dendrobranchiata
Scientific Name
Dendrobranchiata

Fun Fact: Closely related to crabs and lobsters!

The Southern hemisphere is home to prawns, a crustaceous animal that is in some ways like shrimp. This slightly different fish has a gill structure different than the structure of a shrimp’s body. Prawns are in the same animal family as lobsters and crabs. They live in calm waters, with certain species of them found […] Read More


Proboscis Monkey

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Primates
Family
Cercopithecidae
Genus
Nasalis
Scientific Name
Nasalis larvatus

Fun Fact: Natively found on the island of Borneo!

Proboscis Monkey Classification and Evolution The Proboscis Monkey is a medium-sized arboreal primate that is found exclusively in the rainforests of Borneo. The male Proboscis Monkey is not only one of the largest monkeys in Asia but they are also one of the world’s most distinctive mammals, having a long and fleshy nose and a […] Read More


Pronghorn

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Artiodactyla
Family
Antilocapridae
Genus
Antilocapra
Scientific Name
Antilocapra americana

Fun Fact: While pronghorns are the fastest runner of any Western Hemisphere land animal, they are not good jumpers.

The Fast Pronghorn! Pronghorns are the only remaining member of the Antilocapridae family. They can run up to 65 miles per hour, making them the fastest North American land mammal. The hair shaft on pronghorns is hollow, which keeps them insulated in freezing climates. Pronghorns usually give birth to one or two babies, called fawns, […] Read More


Pudelpointer

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

Fun Fact: Like their poodle parent, Pudelpointers love to swim in pools!

A Pudelpointer loves to swim in lakes, streams, and swimming pools just like their poodle parent. Breed a poodle with an English Pointer and you get a Pudelpointer. These dogs originated in Germany back in the early 1880s. The word poodle is written as pudel, in Germany. Breeders wanted an intelligent dog that could swim […] Read More


Pufferfish

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Tetraodontiformes
Family
Tetraodontidae
Scientific Name
Tetraodontidae

Fun Fact: The second most poisonous creature in the world!

The pufferfish is a survivalist that thrives in nearly every tropical aquatic environment. From freshwater puffers to saltwater Takifugu, these fish make use of a variety of adaptations to keep themselves safe from predators and humans alike. In addition to the famous “puffing” technique, pufferfish can also attack with their beak-like teeth or poison an […] Read More


Puffin

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Charadriiformes
Family
Alcidae
Genus
Fratercula
Scientific Name
Fratercula arctica

Fun Fact: Can remain in the water for up to 2 minutes!

Puffin Classification and Evolution The Puffin is a small species of seabird that is closely related to other auks such as guillemots. There are four different species of Puffin that are found inhabiting the colder conditions of the northern Atlantic which are the Atlantic Puffin, the Tufted Puffin, the Horned Puffin and the Rhinoceros Auklet […] Read More


Pug

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

Fun Fact: Fun and sociable, yet stubborn!

With its big, bulging eyes, its curly tail, its wrinkled face, and almost square appearance, the pug is perhaps the most distinctive breed of dog in the world. What many people don’t realize, however, is that this somewhat goofy-looking breed also has a long and illustrious history that intertwines with human royalty around the world. […] Read More


Pugapoo

Kingdom
Animalia

Fun Fact: The pugapoo is the fusion of a pug and a poodle.

Alert and intelligent, the pugapoo actually makes for a surprisingly good watchdog. The pugapoo is a cross between two different dog breeds: the pug and the poodle. The appearance can vary widely based on what traits it inherits from each parent, but in general, most individuals have a moderately sized snout, droopy ear, and a […] Read More


Puggle

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

Fun Fact: These dogs are active and are often patient around children.

The puggle is a crossbreed between a pug and a beagle. These dogs are social and have a very vibrant personality, complemented by a very beautiful appearance. They also have a wrinkled body that is just like a pug it is bred from. However, their noses are longer than those of pugs. They make great […] Read More


Pugshire

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

Fun Fact: With their incredible desire to show affection, Pugshire make great lap dogs.

Pugshire is a small hybrid dog, mixing the genetics of the Pug and the Yorkshire Terrier. This breeding gives it a tiny black or brown nose. Pugshire is a small hybrid dog that is the result of breeding between the Pug and the Yorkshire Terrier. These dogs are sweet and loving, though they primarily enjoy […] Read More


Puma

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

Fun Fact: Has longer back legs than front legs!

Puma Classification and Evolution The Puma is a large, secretive Cat predominantly found in the mountains from southern Canada to the tip of South America. Also commonly known as the Cougar and the Mountain Lion, Pumas are able to reach larger sizes than some ‘big’ cat individuals but despite their large size they are believed […] Read More


Pumi

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

Fun Fact: Pumik developed their loud bark to communicate with shepherds at long distances.

The Pumi is one of three different types of Hungarian sheepdogs recognized by breeders. The other two are the Mudi and Puli, the latter of which is a descendant of the Pumi. The Pumi — referred to in the plural as the Pumik — wasn’t recognized as a breed by the American Kennel Club until […] Read More


Purple Emperor Butterfly

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Insecta
Order
Lepidoptera
Family
Nymphalidae
Genus
Apatura
Scientific Name
Apatura iris

Fun Fact: Inhabits deciduous forests!

The Purple Emperor is a large butterfly whose males have areas of iridescent purple on their wings. The larger females do not have this iridescence, which is how the sexes can be told apart. Its numbers are declining largely due to habitat loss, as the sallow or willow trees where they lay their eggs and […] Read More


Purple Finch

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Passeriformes
Family
Fringillidae
Genus
Haemorhous
Scientific Name
Haemorhous purpureus

Fun Fact: The intensity of the plumage can change based on what the bird eats

The gregarious purple finch is a small bird that makes its presence felt with a loud, cheerful-sounding warble that can be heard throughout the entire year. As one of the most common and popular finches in North America, they are often attracted to bird feeders, especially those with black oil sunflower seeds. 3 Amazing Purple […] Read More


Puss Moth

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Insecta
Order
Lepidoptera
Family
Notodontidae
Genus
Cerura
Scientific Name
Cerura vinula

Fun Fact: Caterpillars squirt formic acid!

The puss moth is a large moth with a soft, striped, and fluffy coat that makes it look like a cat. That’s where it gets its name. This strikingly beautiful moth lives in the dense woodlands, moors, and hedges of Europe, but it sometimes visits people’s gardens. Puss moths are mostly active at night. 4 […] Read More


Pygmy Hippopotamus

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Artiodactyla
Family
Hippopotamidae
Genus
Hippopotamus
Scientific Name
Choeropsis liberiensis

Fun Fact: Spends more time on land than in water!

Pygmy Hippopotamus Classification and Evolution The Pygmy Hippopotamus is a medium-sized herbivorous mammal that is found inhabiting the humid forests and swamps of West Africa. The Pygmy Hippopotamus is closely related to Africa’s other Hippopotamus species, which is the Common Hippopotamus but is much smaller in size weighing around a fifth of its enormous cousin’s […] Read More


Pygmy Marmoset

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Primates
Family
Callitrichidae
Genus
Cebuella
Scientific Name
Callithrix pygmaea

Fun Fact: The smallest species of monkey in the world!

“Also known as a finger monkey, a pygmy marmoset can leap a distance of 16 feet to get from one tree branch to another.” Pygmy marmosets live in the Amazon forests of South America. These cute creatures are the world’s tiniest monkeys weighing about 4 ounces in adulthood. Pygmy marmosets are omnivores that really like […] Read More


Pygora Goat

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Artiodactyla
Family
Bovidae
Genus
Capra
Scientific Name
Capra aegagrus hircus

Fun Fact: The Pygora goat is exclusively bred for their fleece, and they produce three different kinds.

Originally bred in the 1980s as a new species, Pygora goats are a genetic combination of the Pygmy goat and the Angora goat. The purpose of the new species was to create a softer variety of fleece, resulting in three different types of fiber that can be harvested. The breed only comes from mating in […] Read More


Pyrador

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

Fun Fact: Most popular as a companion pet

The Pyrador makes a great guard dog or watchdog. It has a deep bark to alert owners of strangers that is intimidating but not aggressive or violent. The Pyrador, also called the Labranees, Lapyrenees, or Pyrelab, is a hybrid dog breed that is a cross between the Great Pyrenees and a Labrador Retriever. It is […] Read More


Pyredoodle

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

Fun Fact: Pyredoodles can have a thick double coat or a thinner single coat.

Pyredoodles are known by various names, including pyrepoo, pyreneespoo, and pyreneesedoodle. Pyredoodles are one of the most loyal dogs in the world. This breed was created by crossing a standard poodle with a Great Pyrenees, and it takes some of its excellent behavior from both breeds. This dog is happiest when given a job to […] Read More



Alphabetical List of Animals That Start with P

Newest Animals that Start with the Letter P

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

A Peacock Spider
Peacock Spider

They can jump up to 10 centimeters (40 times their body size) and see the full rainbow spectrum of light, including UV.

A Peacock Butterfly
Peacock Butterfly

The eyespots on this butterfly’s wings deter predators from attacking.

A Papillon
Papillon

Originally called the Toy Spaniel, the Papillon is one of the oldest breeds in the toy group. They can be found in artwork dating back to the 16th century.

Animals that start with the letter P, including the Pangolin & Panther