Animals that Start with Y



A-Z Animals tracks 10 animals that start with the letter Y. They include the yak and yellow-eyed penguin (which is the rarest species of penguin!). AZ Animals will be covering many more Y name animals soon.


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Animals that Start with Y

Yak

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Artiodactyla
Family
Bovidae
Genus
Bos
Scientific Name
Bos grunniens

Fun Fact: There are only a few left in the wild!

Yaks are heavily built animals with a sturdy frame that have long, thick hair. Yaks are animals that are native to Tibet and China but are also found in Mongolia, Nepal and Central Asia. Scientists believe that Qiang tribespeople domesticated yaks at least 5,000 years ago, a claim supported by genetic evidence. However, some Tibetan […] Read More


Yakutian Laika

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

Fun Fact: The Yakute people were likely the first to use dogs to pull sleds, so the Yakutian Laika was probably among the first sled dogs.

The Yakute people were likely the first to use dogs to pull sleds, so the Yakutian Laika was probably among the first sled dogs. While Yakutian Laikas only recently become more well-known in other parts of the world, they are an ancient breed. As you may be able to guess based on their name, they […] Read More


Yellow Sac Spider

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Arachnida
Order
Araneae
Family
Cheiracanthiidae
Genus
Cheiracanthium

Fun Fact: Primarily Carnivorous, but sometimes snacks on nectar.

A Yellow Sac Spider is a beneficial species of sac spider native to the United States, where it is found primarily in the northeastern to midwestern states. Similar species to the American version are found in many countries across the world including Germany and Australia. These spiders are active hunters who do not wait in […] Read More


Yellow-Eyed Penguin

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Sphenisciformes
Family
Spheniscidae
Genus
Megadyptes
Scientific Name
Megadyptes antipodes

Fun Fact: The rarest species of penguin!

“Yellow-eyed penguins are uniquely characterized by their pale yellow eyes” The only penguins belonging to the genus Megadyptes, the yellow-eyed penguins are uniquely characterized by their pale yellow eyes. Usually found in Stewart, Auckland, and Campbell Islands, these penguins can also be distinguished by yellow eyeballs and yellow feathers that rest at the peak of […] Read More


Yellowfin Tuna

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Scombriformes
Family
Scombridae
Genus
Thunnus
Scientific Name
Thunnus albacares

Fun Fact: The yellowfin forms schools with other tuna species

The yellowfin is the second most commonly eaten tuna species in the world. With its yellow coloring and huge secondary fins, this species is unmistakable and easy to recognize. 3 Incredible Yellowfin Tuna Facts! As it migrates around the globe, the yellowfin tuna fish forms large schools with skipjack, bigeye, and even dolphins and whales.This […] Read More


Yeti Crab

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Malacostraca
Order
Decapoda
Family
Kiwaidae
Genus
Kiwa

Fun Fact: The yeti crab has hairy arms, which collect bacteria to feed on

The yeti crab is a family of deep-sea decapods crustaceans (essentially, lobsters and crabs) with hairy arms and a white shell. The very first species (Kiwa hirsuta) was only discovered in 2005 on a hydrothermal vent near Easter Island. Despite its reduced eyes and blindsight, the yeti crab nevertheless has several unique adaptations to survive […] Read More


Yoranian

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

Fun Fact: These dogs are very intelligent and are great with children.

The Yoranian is incredibly intelligent. Yoranian Introduction Yoranians are hybrid dogs, a crossbreed between a Yorkshire Terrier and a Pomeranian. They are often referred to as a Yorkie Pom or Porkie Pom. They are tiny in size, growing are only six to ten inches in height. Their weight varies from three to seven pounds. They […] Read More


Yorkie Bichon

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

Fun Fact: Yorkie Bichons can come in a wide range of colors including black, white, blonde, gray, golden, or dark brown.

Yorkie Bichons can come in a wide range of colors including black, white, blonde, gray, golden, or dark brown. Bichon Yorkies are a hybrid breed created by mixing a Bichon Frise with a Yorkshire Terrier. Since both of the parent breeds are small, Bichon Yorkie mixes typically only weigh between 6 and 8 pounds. There […] Read More


Yorkie Poo

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

Fun Fact: The Yorkie-Poo originated from the hybrid poodle phase of the late 20th century

A full grown Yorkie Poo is among the smallest types of dogs in the world. Some are so small that they can fit inside of a teacup; hence why the smallest members of this mix are called teacup dogs. Teacup poodles and Yorkies are possible as well. The Yorkie Poo is a unique mix between […] Read More


Yorkshire Terrier

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

Fun Fact: Highly energetic and eager for adventure!

The Yorkshire Terrier, a.k.a. the Yorkie, is the epitome of the toy-size canine. It’s a dainty thing, typically growing to no more than seven pounds and no more than nine inches at the shoulder. Though the teacup pup’s considered a purebred, his origin is from cross-breeding. He’s a mix from breeders crossing the Clydesdale terrier […] Read More


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