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  1. birdsandbats

    birdsandbats Well-Known Member

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    You know those animal alphabet books that you have as young child? Well you have been placed in charge of creating the animal alphabet book that the next generation will be raised on. Pick an animal for each letter of the alphabet to make the ABC animals of the future!

    Rules:

    • All letters of the English alphabet must be included.
    • Try to represent animal diversity.
    • Animals do not have to be at species level (you could do "B is for Butterfly" or "F is for Frog" if you wish).
    • Each animal must be only one word (you can't do "S is for Sumatran Rhino" or "A is for Association Europeenne pour l'Etude et la Conservation des Lemuriens' Sportive Lemur"). You can use animals with a hyphen in their name (if you wish, you may do "A is for Aye-Aye" or "M is for Mata-Mata").
    • Try to include some threatened species so your book has a conservation message.
     
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  2. Kakapo

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    Antelope
    Babirusa
    Cheetah
    Dromedary
    Elephant
    Fennec
    Gundi
    Hippopotamus
    Indri
    Jackal
    Kea
    Lemur
    Mongoose
    Nyala
    Octopus
    Pig
    Quetzal
    Raccoon
    Shoebill
    Tiger
    Uakari
    Wallaby
    Xenophora (the only exception using a scientific name because I can't find an English common name after struggling my brain a lot)
    Yak
    Zebra
     
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  3. FelipeDBKO

    FelipeDBKO Well-Known Member

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    What about an unusual - but reasonably interesting for the average person, I hope - list? A little hard to do with just one word animals and trying to dodge mammals, but I'll try:

    Axolotl
    Babirusa
    Cassowary
    Dugong
    Echidna
    Fennec
    Gharial
    Hyrax
    Indri
    Jerboa
    Kiwi
    Lionfish
    Mata-mata
    Narwhal
    Okapi
    Pteropus (I wish I could use "Megabat", but Mata-mata was the only fitting Testudines I could think of. TT^TT Of course, I wish I could use "Flying fox" too.)
    Quokka
    Roadunner
    Seadragon
    Tuatara
    Uakari
    Vinegaroon
    Wombat
    Xenopus
    Yak
    Zorse
     
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  4. ZooBinh

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    Aye-Aye
    Babirusa
    Capybara
    Dingo
    Elephant
    Fisher
    Giraffe
    Hirola
    Impala
    Javelina
    Llama
    Maleo
    Narwhal
    Okapi
    Paddlefish
    Quokka
    Raccoon
    Saola
    Tuatara
    Uguisu
    Vulture
    Walrus
    Xona
    Yak
    Zebu
     
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  5. Kakapo

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    What is a xona???
     
  6. Dassie rat

    Dassie rat Well-Known Member

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    A xona is a small land snail.

    Here is my animal list

    Aye-aye
    Bilby
    Colocolo
    Dugong
    Eel
    Flea
    Graptolite
    Halosaur
    Indri
    Jaguarundi
    Knifefish
    Linsang
    Madrepore
    Narwhal
    Olingo
    Petromure
    Quokka
    Rockfowl
    Spookfish
    Thylacine
    Unau
    Viperfish
    Xenurus
    Yapok
    Zorro
     
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  7. ZooBinh

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    A Xona is another name for a species of Malagasy Rainbowfish (Bedotia geayi).
     
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  8. gentle lemur

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    Mine is a little different - it was done from memory, but I then checked on some of the spellings. I confess that I have cheated a little on one of the, can you tell which?
    Anomalurus
    Boa
    Callochromis
    Daubentonia
    Egernia
    Fratercula
    Gorilla
    Halichoerus
    Irena
    Jordanella
    Kobus
    Leontopithecus
    Manis
    Necturus
    Otaria
    Pongo
    Quelea
    Rusa
    Symphysodon
    Tenrec
    Uaru
    Vini
    Wallago
    Xenotoca
    Yssichromis
    Zoogoneticus
     
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  9. Kakapo

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    Maybe Yssichromis? At least is the only one that I don't know from memory, if that's what you mean with "cheat".
     
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    Yes, I think it's currently usually treated as a subgenus of Haplochromis: the late Humphrey Greenwood created it when he revised that super-sized genus. Many years ago I kept some elderly specimens of Haplochromis (Yssichromis) pyrrhocephalus from Chester Zoo, to give them more space for the next generation of the species. They were enchantingly colourful and graceful mid-water planktivores, quite unlike the average East African 'haps'.
     
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    Arowana
    Bison
    Chiru
    Dhole
    Elasmotherium
    Flamingo
    Gigantspinosaurus
    Hammerhead
    I'iwi
    Jabiru
    Kakapo
    Loris
    Microorganism
    Nilgai
    Orthocone
    Pirarucu
    Quetzalcoatlus
    Rook
    Saiga
    Therizinosaurus
    Upupa
    Vicuña
    Vervet
    Xiongguanlong
    Yinlong
    Zuniceratops
     
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    Oldish thread but I think this is a really cute idea! I don't quite know why but I love mashing human first names with alliterative animal names to see which combination fits best (i.e. Emily Elephant and Anna Ant)

    If I had to do something like this I would probably actually do a series of smaller books (a la. Mr. Men), with one for each letter (and sometimes a combination like XYZ), and Sesame-Street style I would have as much of the word be represented at every opportunity. Pictures would be brightly coloured and have some clear depictions of lesser-known species, the stories also probably would be set in some kind of anthropomorphic city. Examples:

    "Lara Leopard loves her lava lamp. She loans it to Lisa Lemming but she loses it on Leonard Lion's Lawn."
    "Chelsea Cheetah and Charlie Chimp are best friends. They play catch in the garden but accidentally throw their ball into the cranky Mr. Cranston Crocodile's Cabbage Patch"

    Idk why I just love that aesthetic
     
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  13. Daktari JG

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    gonna try with all American birds (don't think I can without using latin)
    Albatross
    Bobwhite
    Caracara
    Dowitchee
    Eider
    Flicker
    Grosbeak
    Hoopoe (accidental haha)
    Ibis
    Junco
    Killdeer
    Longspur
    Murre
    Noddy
    Osprey
    Phoebe
    Quail
    Redpoll
    Scaup
    Titmouse
    Uria (Ok needed latin)
    Verdin
    Whip poor will
    Xenus (more latin)
    Yellowlegs
    Zenaida (ok another latin)

    well I came close

    yssichromis?
     
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    I wouldn't call a hoopoe or Xenus American birds.
     
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    I said accidental :).
    Ok then Heron and Xema
     
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    Aracari
    Binturong
    Cotinga
    Dugong
    Eagle
    Fennec Fox
    Gharial
    Hartebeest
    Iguana
    Junco
    Kakapo
    Lungfish
    Matamata
    Numbat
    Oropendola
    Pangolin
    Quokka
    Ringtail
    Serval
    Tamandua
    Uakari
    Vulture
    Wombat
    Xenops
    Yak
    Zebu
     
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    Good job, although "Fennec Fox" is two words and therefore against the rules.