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List of Cryptids

This is a list of cryptids, which are animals presumed by followers of the cryptozoology pseudoscientific subculture to exist on the basis of anecdotal or other evidence considered insufficient by mainstream science. While biologists regularly identify new species following established scientific methodology, cryptozoologists focus on entities mentioned in the folklore record and rumour. Entities that may be considered cryptids by cryptozoologists include Bigfoot, Yeti, the chupacabra, the Jersey Devil, the Loch Ness Monster, or Mokele-mbembe. Related pseudosciences include young Earth creationism,[1][2]ghost hunting, and ufology. Some dictionaries and encyclopedias define the term "cryptid" as an animal whose existence is unsubstantiated.[3][4]



Aquatic or semi-aquatic

Name Other names Description Purported location Depiction
Altamaha-ha[] Altie Sturgeon or plesiosaur-like river animal Georgia, United States Altamaha-ha.jpg
Bear Lake monster[] Lake monster Idaho/Utah, United States
Bessie[] Lake Erie Monster Lake monster Lake Erie, North America
Brosno dragon[5] Brosnya Lake monster Lake Brosno, Russia
Bunyip[6] Lake and cave animal Australia Bunyip 1890.jpg
Cadborosaurus[7] Caddy Sea animal Pacific Coast of North America Cadborosaurus October 1937.jpg
Champ[5][8] Champtanystropheus americanus, Champy Lake monster Lake Champlain, North America Artistic representation of Sandra Mansi's 1977 photograph of "Champ" lake monster.jpg
Chessie[] Sea animal Atlantic Coast of the United States, especially Chesapeake Bay
Dingonek[9] Jungle walrus A tusked water-dwelling animal Western Africa
Dobhar-chú[10] Water Hound Extra-large otter-like carnivorous aquatic mammal Ireland
Giant anaconda[11] Megaconda Giant snake South America
Igopogo[5] Kempenfelt Kelly Lake monster Lake Simcoe, Ontario (Canada)
Isshii[5] Issie Lake monster Japan .jpg
Kraken Sea animal World's oceans Colossal octopus by Pierre Denys de Montfort.jpg
Kusshii[5] Kussie Lake monster Japan
Lagarfljót Worm[12] lagarfljóts ormurinn Lake monster Iceland
Lake Van Monster Van Gölü Canavar? Lake monster Lake Van, Van, Turkey
Loch Ness Monster[13] Nessie, Nessiteras rhombopteryx Lake monster Loch Ness, Scotland Loch-Ness-Monster.jpg
Mamlambo[5] Lake monster South Africa
Manipogo[5] Winnipogo Lake monster Lake Manitoba, Canada
Mokele-mbembe[7] Dinosaur Republic of the Congo
Mugwump[14] Old Tessie, Monster of Lake Timiskaming Lake monster Lake Timiskaming, Canada
Nahuelito[5] Nahuel Huapi Lake Monster Lake monster Nahuel Huapi Lake, Argentina
Ogopogo[5][8] N'haoaoitk, Naitaka Lake monster Lake Okanagan, Canada
Sea serpents[15] Sea animals, dinosaurs All bodies of water Soe Orm 1555.jpg
Selma[5] Seljordsormen Lake monster Lake Seljord, Telemark, Norway
Steller's sea ape[16] Sea animal Pacific Ocean
Tahoe Tessie[] Lake Tahoe monster Lake monster Lake Tahoe, in California and Nevada, United States
Trinity Alps giant salamander Giant salamander[17] California, United States


Name Other names Description Purported location Depiction
Almas[5][8] Abnauayu, almasty, albasty, bekk-bok,
biabin-guli, golub-yavan, gul-biavan, auli-avan,
kaptar, kra-dhun, ksy-giik, ksy-gyik, ochokochi,
mirygdy, mulen, voita, wind-man, Zana
Non-human ape or hominid Asia/Caucasus
Barmanou[5] Barmanu, Big Hairy One Ape or hominid Middle East/Asia
Beast of Bodmin Moor[18] Large felid Cornwall, England
Beast of Exmoor[11] Big cat England
Bigfoot[19] Sasquatch Large and hairy ape-like creature United States and Canada Pie Grande.jpg
British big cats[18] Alien big cats (ABCs), phantom cats, mystery cats, English lions,
Beast of Bodmin, Beast of Exmoor
Carnivorous mammal Great Britain
Bukit Timah Monkey Man[20] BTM, BTMM Forest-dwelling hominid or other primate Singapore
Chuchunya[21][5] Large hominid Russia
Chupacabra[22] Chupacabras (Spanish for goat-sucker) Puerto Rico (originally),
South and Central America,
Southern North America
Chupacabra (artist's rendition).jpg
Ebu gogo[23] Small primate, possible early hominid Flores, Indonesia
Elwetritsch[24] Mammal Germany
Fouke Monster[] Jonesville Monster, Southern Sasquatch, Boggy Creek Monster Hominid or other primate Arkansas, United States
Great Spider[] Jba Fofi, Congolese Giant Spider, Giant Spider Enormous Spider Congo, Uganda, Papua New Guinea, Vietnam, Louisiana, United States, Zimbabwe
Honey Island Swamp monster[] Letiche, Tainted Keitre Hominid or other primate Louisiana, United States
Lizard Man of Scape Ore Swamp[] Lizard Man of Lee County Bipedal South Carolina, United States
Mapinguari[25][26][27] English: Brazilian bigfoot,[28]
Karitiana: kida harara,[29]
Machiguenga: segamai[30][31]
Alternately described as a hairy humanoid cyclops with a gaping mouth on its belly, or a relict giant ground sloth South America, particularly Brazil
Minhocão[5] Big Earthworm Caecilian South America
Mngwa[18] Nunda Carnivorous mammal Tanzania
Mogollon Monster[] Mug-ee-yun Monster Bipedal primate Mogollon Rim, Arizona, United States
Mongolian death worm[11] Allghoi (or orghoi) khorkhoi Worm-like animal Gobi Desert (Asia)
Monkey-man of Delhi[11] Black Monkey Big black monkey Old Delhi, India
Orang-bati[5] Bipedal Indonesia
Orang Mawas[5] Mawas, Orang Dalam, Hantu Jarang Gigi Primate Malaysia
Ozark Howler[] Ozark Black Howler Carnivorous mammal Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas, United States
Shunka Warakin[] Carnivorous mammal; wolf-like, boar-like, hyena-like Western United States (especially Montana)
Skunk ape[32] Stink Ape, Myakka Ape, Myakka Skunk Ape Primate Florida, United States The Florida Skunk Ape - panoramio.jpg
Yeren[33][32] Yiren, Yeh Ren, Chinese Wildman Primate (possible hominin) China
Yeti[34] Abominable Snowman Large and hairy human-like entity, various other descriptions Himalayas (Asia) B5bugerbear.jpg
Yowie[35] Large and hairy human-like entity, various other descriptions Australia Yowie-statue-Kilcoy-Queensland.JPG


Name Other names Description Purported location Depiction
Jersey Devil[13] Leeds Devil Winged bipedal horse United States, mainly the South Jersey Pine Barrens, as well as other parts of New Jersey and southeastern Pennsylvania Jersey Devil Philadelphia Post 1909.jpg
Mothman[36] Popularized by John A. Keel's book The Mothman Prophecies Winged bipedal Mason County, West Virginia, United States
Thunderbird[37] Giant bird North America

See also


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  • Loxton, Daniel and Donald Prothero (2013). Abominable Science: Origins of the Yeti, Nessie, and Other Famous Cryptids. Columbia University Press. ISBN 978-0-231-52681-4.

External links

  • The dictionary definition of cryptid at Wiktionary
  • Media related to Cryptozoology at Wikimedia Commons

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