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Cryptids are those animals and plants studied under the field of cryptozoology. Their presumptive existence has often been derived from anecdotal or other evidence, considered insufficient by mainstream science. Cryptozoology refers to the search for animals which are considered to be legendary or otherwise nonexistent. This includes looking for living examples of animals that are considered extinct, such as dinosaurs; animals whose existence lacks physical support but which appear in myths, legends, or are reported, such as Bigfoot and Chupacabra and wild animals dramatically outside of their normal geographic ranges, such as phantom cats or "ABCs" (an initialism commonly used by cryptozoologists that stands for Alien Big Cats). Those involved in cryptozoological study are known as cryptozoologists. The animals they study are often referred to as cryptids, a term coined by John Wall in 1983.

Cryptozoology is not a recognized branch of the science of zoology. Its status as a science has been questioned since it relies heavily upon anecdotal evidence, stories and alleged sightings, and has been referred to as a pseudoscience.

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Ahool
   is described as a   
Giant Bat
Unconfirmed, from Indonesia
Akkorokamui
   is described as a   
Giant Squid
Unconfirmed, from Japan and Thailand
Allghoi (or Orghoi) Khorkhoi
   is described as a   
Worm-like Animal
Unconfirmed, Gobi Desert
Am Fear Liath Mòr
   is described as a   
Humanoid Primate
Unconfirmed, from Scotland
Beast of Bladenboro
   is described as a   
Carniverous Mammal
Unconfirmed, from North Carolina, USA. In 2008, the History Channel television series Monster Quest performed an analysis concerning the attacks, concluded that the attacker might have been a cougar.
Beast of Bodmin Moor
   is described as a   
Panther-like Cat
Unconfirmed, England
Beast of Bray Road
   is described as a   
Carnivorous Mammal
Unconfirmed, Wisconsin, USA
Beast of Busco
   is described as a   
Reptile/Dinosaur
Discredited, Indiana, USA
Beast of Dartmoor
   is described as a   
Lion-Pig
Unconfirmed, England
Beast of Dean
   is described as a   
Moose-Pig
Unconfirmed, England
Beast of Gevaudan
   is described as a   
Carnivorous, Wolf-like Mammal
Unconfirmed, France
Buru
   is described as a   
Giant Lungfish
Extinct, from India
Chupacabra
   is described as a   
Supernatural Goat Sucker
Unconfirmed, Mexico/Puerto Rico
Devil Dragon
   is described as a   
Giant Monitor Lizard
Extinct, from Australia
Dingonek
   is described as a   
Jungle Walrus
Unconfirmed, from Western Africa
Dobhar-chú
   is described as a   
Large Carnivorous, Otter-like Mammal
Unconfirmed, from Ireland
Dover Demon
   is described as a   
Bipedal Alien Hominid
Unconfirmed, from Massachusetts, USA
Emela-ntouka
   is described as an   
Aquatic Rhinoceros
Unconfirmed, from the Republic of Congo
Ennedi Tiger
   is described as a   
Sabre-toothed Tiger
Extinct, from Chad in Africa
Flatwoods Monster
   is described as a   
Flat-headed Extraterrestrial
Unconfirmed, West Virginia, USA
Globster
   is described as a   
Decaying Sea Animal
Unconfirmed, from Australia and New Zealand
Grootslang
   is described as an   
Elephant With Serpent’s Tail
Unconfirmed, from Richtersveld, South Africa
Gunni
   is described as an   
Antlered, Wombat-like Marsupial
Hoax, from Australia
Hinkypunk
   is described as a   
Ghostly Light
Discredited, from Wetlands throughout Canada, Europe, and USA
Irkuiem
   is described as a   
Giant Bear
Extinct, from Russia
Jackalope
   is described as an   
Antlered Rabbit
Hoax, North America
Jersey Devil
   is described as a   
Winged, Bipedal Horse
Unconfirmed, New Jersey, USA
Kajiin
   is described as a   
Sea Monster
Unconfirmed, Japan
Kala Bondar
   is described as a   
Monkey-man
Unconfirmed, from Delhi, India
Kelpie
   is described as a   
Carnivorous Equine
Discredited, from Scotland and Ireland
Kikiyaon
   is described as a   
Carnivorous Bird
Unconfirmed, from Africa
Kongamato
   is described as a   
Pterosaur/Carnivorous Bird
Unconfirmed, from Africa
Loup Garou
   is described as a   
Wolf-like Creature
Unconfirmed, from Louisiana, USA
Mahamba
   is described as a   
Giant Crocodile
Unconfirmed, from Dem Rep of the Congo
Merpeople
   is described as a   
Human Fish
Unconfirmed, from world’s oceans
Minhocão
   is described as a   
Giant Earthworm
Unconfirmed, South America
Mothman
   is described as a   
Winged Man
Sightings of a large grey creature with red glowing eyes & a "large flying man with ten-foot wings" were reported in the area surrounding Point Pleasant, West Virginia between November 1966 and December 1967.
Nabau
   is described as a   
Giant Snake
Discredited, from Malaysia
Nasobatilus
   is described as a   
Carnivorous Lizard
Discredited, from Wisconsin, USA
Ndendeki
   is described as a   
Giant Turtle
Unconfirmed, from Central Africa
Ngoima
   is described as a   
Giant Bird
Unconfirmed, from the Republic of the Congo
Ningen
   is described as a   
Sea Monster With Human Face
Unconfirmed, from Atlantic and Pacific Ocean
Olitiau
   is described as a   
Winged Animal-Bat or Flying Reptile
Unconfirmed, from Cameroon
Qilin
   is described as a   
Chimera
Unconfirmed, from China
Rapuwai
   is described as an   
Ape-man
Unconfirmed, from New Zealand
Sasquatch
   is described as a   
Hairy Hominid
Unconfirmed, from North America
Spring Heeled Jack
   is described as a   
Demon
Unconfirmed, from England
Sprite
   is described as a   
Fairy
Discredited, World-wide
Surrey Puma
   is described as a   
Black Puma-like Cat
Unconfirmed, Farnham, England
Thetis Lake Monster
   is described as a   
Primate Lizard
Unconfirmed, from Vancouver Island, Canada
Thylacoleo
   is described as a   
Marsupial Lion
Extinct, from Australia
Ulama
   is described as a   
Bird
Also known as the Devil Bird. Emits human-like cries which in Sri Lankan folklore are believed to be a portent of death. It is thought that the true identity of the Ulama is most likely th spot-bellied eagle-owl
Umdhlebi
   is described as a   
Carnivorous Tree
Unconfirmed, from Zululand, South Africa
Wild Haggis
   is described as a   
Furry Uneven-legged Creature
Hoax, from the Scottish Highlands
Yeti
   is described as a   
Hairy Hominid
Also Abominable Snowman. A very large ape-like creature which supposedly inhabits parts of the Himalayas, Mongolia and Siberia. A "Yeti scalp" is on display in the Khumjung monastery in Nepal.
Yowie
   is described as a   
Hairy Hominid
A tall, shaggy creature with disproportionately long arms and backwards facing feet which is said to inhabit the Australian Outback.


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