Seldom-Seen Species

Animal characters in fiction run the gamut. Just a look at the listing in Animal Stereotypes shows that there are plenty of common enough animals that are used for their distinctive traits (presumed or real).

Then there's the Seldom Seen Species — that is, a species that, once you see it, makes you think, "Hey, you don't usually see that animal!". In some cases, this may be a forced attempt to avoid the countless existing Animal Stereotypes.

Some animals, such as monkeys, songbirds, and frogs, are usually represented by a generic or nondescript variant of the type of animal as opposed to an actual species of that type of animal. In that case, portraying an actual species of that type of animal would count if that actual species isn't commonly used in fiction.

This trope is a Cyclic Trope because some species are more seldom seen in the media of some cultures, in certain forms of media, and in some time periods than others. For example, red pandas are common in Furry Fandom artwork, but are seldom seen in other fictional works and media.

Many of the older examples of this trope look and act little (if not nothing) like their Real Life equivalents.

Examples of this trope should be species that are still seldom seen in media these days. Examples of older works that show species that were seldom seen in media at the time of the work's release, but not that seldom seen now are also allowed.

Contrast Small Taxonomy Pools.

Examples:

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  • There are the two meerkats from Compare the Meerkat, Alexandr and Sergei. Meerkats are related to mongooses, which have enjoyed moderate fame in Western culture over the past century and a half thanks to Rudyard Kipling's short story "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi"; The Lion King and Meerkat Manor introduced meerkats to the public consciousness. Mongooses are, of course, famous for killing snakes, while meerkats lack this distinction.
  • The GEICO Gecko, though thanks to him, geckos are not as seldom-seen as they used to be.

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  • The titular protagonist of Aggressive Retsuko is a red panda. The show also includes a fennec fox and an axolotl.
  • Four of the five main characters of Tokyo Mew Mew are actually infused with the DNA of an Irimote cat, an Ultramarine Lorikeet, a Finless Porpoise, and a Golden Lion Tamarin respectively. The idea is that, as these are all endangered species, their desire to continue living is what gives the girls their powers. The fifth is the somewhat more common wolf.note  Also, a character introduced for the video game gets her powers from the DNA of a Humboldt Penguin.
  • Dinosaur King has numerous lesser-known dinosaurs such as Mapusaurus and Amargasaurus.
  • Shirokuma Cafe:
    • One of the recurring characters is a tamandua, a type of anteater.
    • A tapir and a sea cow appeared in episode 3.
    • The editor of a local food magazine is a shoebill.
    • Episode 19 introduces King Penguin, the 3 members of genus Pygoscelis (Adelie, Chinstrap, and Gentoo), and Tree Kangaroo.
    • Lesser Panda from Episode 20 and then on.
    • Mr. Crested Serpent Eagle from episode 29.
    • The alligator who called Panda delicious is a black caiman.
    • Prairie dogs and ring-tailed lemurs work in the cafe gardens.
    • The Yama Arashi consists of different types of porcupines, and capybaras assist with the music.
    • The local animal doctor from Episode 46 is a tarsier.
  • Azumanga Daioh:
    • Chiyo's dog Tadakichi-san is a Great Pyrenees. They're not particularly rare in real life but rarely appear in fiction.
    • In one episode Sakaki ends up befriending an Iriomote cub she calls "Mayaa", a rare type of wild cat native to the Iriomote island of Japan.
  • Cowboy Bebop has Ein the data dog, specifically a Pembroke Welsh Corgi.
  • The Jungle Book has Kichi the red panda and Tabaqui the striped hyena (in contrast to his original book species where he is a jackal).
  • Anomalocaris has gained a certain degree of popularity in Japan; often depicted as a huge monster with four grasping appendages, such as in Bubblegum Crisis and Kamen Rider Double, or highly stylized, like Anorith in Pokémon and Scorpiomon/Anomalocarimon in Digimon.
    • Carisu Hime, the female main character in Cambrian QTs, is an anthropomorphic Anomalocaris.
  • Doraemon:
    • "Nobita's Dinosaur 2006" prominently featured a Futabasaurus named Piisuke. Alamosaurus, Maiasaura, Baptornis, Alphadon, and a giant ammonite appear as well.
    • "Nobita and the Island of Miracles—Animal Adventure" has rhinoceros beetles, Ceratogaulus, Chalicotherium, Elasmotherium, Gastornis, Glyptodon, Megatherium, moas, and Paraceratherium.
    • "New Nobita's Great Demon-Peko and the Exploration Party of Five" featured aardvarks as steeds for the humanoid dogs, a Congo peacock in the opening, red-crested turacos, a bushbaby, okapis, black-and-white colobus monkeys, a crowned crane, pangolins, bongo antelopes, African clawless otters, and great blue turacos. The rhinoceros that chases Gian in one scene looks more like a white rhino, as opposed to the more commonly used black rhino.
    • "Nobita and the Birth of Japan 2016" has steppe bison, crested ibises, Japanese giant salamander, Palaeoloxodon naumanni, and Machairodus.
  • In CLANNAD, Sanae Furukawa mentions that her greatest fear is the Bengal monitor lizard. Her husband Akio talks Tomoya into dropping a toy one down her back. Hilarity Ensues.
  • In The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya, the eponymous character transforms some pigeons into extinct passenger pigeons.
  • In Ginga Densetsu Weed, in the episode were GB accidentally infiltrates Hougen's pack, a white stoat is shown in the jaws of one of the Mooks.
  • K-On! has Ton the pig-nosed turtle.
  • Kimba the White Lion features many types of obscure African wildlife such as okapis, kudu, and dik-diks.
  • Fishmen and merpeople in One Piece are always based on and referred to by a species/type of fish or similar sea animal (i.e. a ray fishman). Some of them are quite rare in fictional works, like kissing gouramis, Japanese cat sharks, saw sharks, blue-ringed octopi and pike congers.
  • Jewelpet has Coal the capybara, a major character in the fourth season.
  • Cage of Eden is filled with extinct animals that you would not normally see in popular culture. In fact, the series doesn't even feature the iconic Mesozoic reptiles such as non-avian dinosaurs.
  • Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! has a wombat, which for audiences outside Australia is a rare sight. For those in Australia, the hedgehog would be a rare sight. In both cases, Goura's shoebill is rare. However, note that these animals are aliens who look like animals and function as Mentor Mascots to the Magical Boy teams, zigzagging the trope.
  • Hanako from Massugu No Ikou is a Kishu, a Japanese breed of dog. When her boyfriend Mametarou learns this it only makes him feel worse about being a mix breed. Most of the other dogs are more frequently seen breeds like Shih Tzu's and Yorkie's.
  • Daikyouryu No Jidai featured trilobites, ammonites, Dunkleosteus, Eusthenopteron, Meganeura, Eryops, Placochelys, Tylosaurus, Ornitholestes, Clidastes, Corythosaurus, Edaphosaurus, Protoceratops, Scolosaurus, Henodus, Camptosaurus, Gorgosaurus, Acanthopholis, Deltatheridium, Pliohippus, Australopithecus, Homo habilis, Homo erectus, Gomphotherium, and Haplomastodon.
  • Most of the Dino Knights in Dinozaurs are based on commonly-seen genera, but two of the three Dino Weapons take the form of Archelon and Kentrosaurus with the third being the relatively well-known Pachycephalosaurus. Also, the Cerazaur Brothers consist of a Centrosaurus and a Torosaurus (Chasmosaurus in original Japanese dub) along with the stock Styracosaurus.
  • Fushigi no Kuni no Alice featured Ocean Sunfish, Duck-billed Platypus, Raccoon Dogs (non speaking) and Spiny Lobsters
  • Kemono Friends: One of the main characters is a serval. The single-episode animals featured are all over the place in terms of obscurity, ranging from very well-known (otter, lion), to nigh unheard-of (margay, campo flicker), and everywhere in-between.
  • Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea has rays, oarfish, coelacanths, bioluminescent squid, hagfish, flapjack octopi, anglers, sea slugs, trilobites, Opabinia, Dipnorhynchus, Bothriolepis, Gogonasus, etc.
  • You Are Umasou:
    • The film has a Chilantaisaurus, Avisaurus, Ornithocheirus, and titanosaurs. The film also prominently features Maiasaura, which is while a stock dinosaur hardly depicted in the media. Tylosaurus and Giganotosaurus make brief appearances as well, and Troodon are featured in the opening attacking the Maiasaura nesting grounds.
    • The second film distributed by Korea has a Pawpawsaurus named Kirari, as well as Kronosaurus and Tapejara.
  • Pingu in the City: Besides the generic penguins (sharing traits with emperor penguins or adelie penguins) from the parent series, some of the new characters appear to be macaroni or rockhopper penguins and one is based on a gentoo penguin.
  • While most of the dinosaurs in Dinosaur War Izenborg are commonly-seen genera, there was also Gorgosaurus, Tarbosaurus, Ceratosaurus, and Monoclonius.
  • Dinosaur Expedition Born Free featured Gorgosaurus, Polacanthus, Stegoceras (referred to as Troodon), Monoclonius, and Taniwhasaurus (referred to as the "Ezomikasa Dragon" and portrayed as a theropod dinosaurnote ).
  • Happy Happy Clover has Hiyo and Dori the brown-eared bulbuls.

    Arts 
  • This is another reason why William Wegman's works leave a strong impression on their viewers: they may have not even seen or heard of the Weimaraner breed beforehand.
  • Ursula Vernon is especially fond of illustrating animals that are not usually given focus, especially in a fantasy context, i.e. as an anthropomorphic warrior or sage. And she tends to use a wombat for self-insert works. See also Digger under Webcomics.

    Comic Books 
  • The Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog universe is full of this. Not the least of which are echidnas (most famously Knuckles), lynx (Nicole, Lightning Lynx, et al.) and mongooses (Mina and Ash). And with the reboot we can add pikas (Relic), bettas (Coral), water buffaloes (Axel), and pistol shrimp (as-yet unnamed character).
  • In Cerebus the Aardvark, aardvarks are not at all common, but have appeared enough times throughout Estarcion's history that it's not a cause for public wonder. That three aardvarks are running around at one time, on the other hand, is exceedingly rare.
  • The Belch Dimension Comics has Jason T. Gibbon (although slightly subverted in an "Untold Tales" segment when it's revealed he was once a boy turned into an ape by an evil spell). One story also featured a villain named The Cassowary, which series creator Jonathan M. Sweet was surprised wasn't used more, as this large flightless bird, with its bony skull-crest and large clawed foot,seemed "fairly made for supervillainy". Although naturally stylized to appear cartoonish, the series actually has fairly recognizable renderings of specific dog breeds, such as the beagle and the pit bull, unlike most comics and cartoons.
  • Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew! would occasionally reference or show a few less often seen animal species, as part of making its World of Funny Animals animal-based puns work. Examples include Gnu York City and the "Wombat Communications" conglomerate there (the owners of Earth-C's version of DC Comics). Celebrities seen included Bob Hoopoe, while a fictional cowboy named "Hopalong Cassowary" (Hopalong Cassidy) is referenced. A few countries/cities on Earth-C include Aukstralia and Loondon.

    Comic Strips 
  • B.C. has the Apteryx, a "wingless bird with hairy feathers," as he invariably introduces himself. Apteryx is the generic name for kiwis.
  • Calvin and Hobbes:
    • Calvin has a fairly encyclopedic knowledge of animals, primarily dinosaurs and pterosaurs. Among the genera featured in the strips are Corythosaurus, Troodon, Centrosaurus, Chasmosaurus, "Ultrasauros" (now Supersaurus), Dimorphodon, and Pterodactylus.
    • He once asked if Hobbes could draw anything other than tigers, to which Hobbes replied, yes, he could also draw ocelots (slender, spotted wild cats from the jungles of Central and South America).
  • Pogo was the only ever possum leading man in an American comic.
  • Sherman's Lagoon has all sorts of obscure aquatic life.

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    Films — Animation 
  • The Lion King has several:
    • Timon, a rare example of a meerkat.
    • The sequel featured okapi, a close relative to the giraffe.
    • Zazu, another character, is actually a Red-Billed Hornbill who looks nothing like an actual hornbill and more like a toucan instead. He also looks like Rowan Atkinson would look if he were a blue bird.
    • The rodent Scar was tormenting during his introductory scene is actually a jerboa, judging by the tuft on its tail.
    • Meanwhile, Simba tormented a giant one-horned chameleon (with the horn exaggerated to make it look weirder, apparently).
    • The animals that go to pay respects to baby Simba include guineafowl and vervet monkeys.
    • Several background animals in the series include marabou storks, kudu, oryx, and topi.
    • The birds Timon and Pumbaa were trying to chase away in the second film are spotted thick-knees.
    • Sadly averted in the scene where Mufasa trains Simba to hunt. The animal Zazu falls over was supposed to be a naked mole rat and the sequence during the song "Just Can't Wait to be King" supposed to be aardvarks, but the exes didn't like it and was redesigned into a gopher and giant anteaters. The opening scene also had equally-misplaced leafcutter ants.
    • The Lion Guard has Bunga the honey badger and Ono the cattle egret. The show in general goes out of its way to introduce obscure African animals to the viewing audience, such as hyraxes and aardwolves.
  • The Madagascar film franchise is full of this:
    • The entire franchise has three different types of lemur (ring-tailed lemur, mouse lemur and aye-aye).
    • The antagonists are the little known fossa preying on the lemurs.
    • Besides the three named lemur characters belonging to the above species, the lemurs appearing in the background belong to various other species. A tenrec also appears in one scene.
    • In the sequel, aside from the typical African fauna, there are some dik-dik antelopes.
    • The Valentines special Madly Madagascar features an okapi as Marty's love interest. Ironic, since Melman the Giraffe was originally going to be an okapi, but the directors wanted to use a more familiar animal.
    • The Penguins of Madagascar (TV series with the eponymous penguins and the three lemurs) features a poison-dart frog, leopard seals, and a rockhopper penguin. It also has Marlene, an Asian small-clawed otter. The episode "Endangerous Species" makes references to extinct birds Waitaha penguin and laughing owl.
    • In Penguins of Madagascar (spin-off movie also starring the penguins), the explosives expert of the North Wind is a harp seal named Short Fuse.
    • And then there's All Hail King Julien (spin-off on Netflix), which in addition to having the three lemurs, has another character who is a fanaloka (or Malagasy civet), and more fossa.
  • The background animals from the "Noah's Ark" segment from Fantasia 2000.
    • The "Rite of Spring" sequence from the original film featured hydras, annelids, trilobites, venus girdles, brittlestars, Pterichthyodes, eurypterids, ammonites, orthocones, Polypterus, Eustenopteron, Placochelys, Tylosaurus, Nothosaurus, Troodon (depicted as a predatory pachycephalosaur), Hallopus (depicted as a tree-climbing dinosaur), Plateosaurus, Kannemeyeria, Corythosaurus, Kritosaurus, Psittacosaurus, Dimorphodon, Chasmosaurus, and Ceratosaurus.
  • The Land Before Time series shows not only the Stock Dinosaurs, but also features several more obscure dinosaurs as well.
  • Dinosaur not only featured obscure dinosaurs (such as Iguanodon for the hero and Carnotaurus for the villain), but also modern Sifaka lemurs.
  • Disney's Atlantis: The Lost Empire featured coelacanths. (This also counts as a Genius Bonus, because in the year Atlantis was supposed to be set, the coelacanth was presumed to have been extinct for millions of years. Except, apparently, by the elderly Gentleman Adventurer who had two in his mansion's fish tank.)
  • Finding Nemo featured clownfish, regal tangs, moorish idols, yellow tangs, royal grammas, four-striped damselfish, cleaner shrimp, makos to make everything worse, an angler, moonfish, kelp gulls, eagle rays, longnose butterfly fish, flapjack octopi, and flounders. The sequel adds belugas, whale sharks, common loons, ocean sunfish, and Humboldt squids to the mix. And speaking of Flounder...
  • This part of the song "Under the Sea" from The Little Mermaid:
    Oh, the newt plays the flute, the carp plays the harp
    The plaice plays the bass, and they sounding sharp
    The bass plays the brass, the chub plays the tub
    The fluke is the Duke of soul (yeah!)
    Oh, the ray he can play, the ling's on the strings
    The trout's rocking out, the blackfish he sings
    The smelt and the sprat they know where it's at
    And, oh hear that blowfish blow!
  • Aladdin:
  • Although not exactly cute in the ordinary sense (think Ugly Cute), the animals in Rango are not the typical animals you find in an animated movie about desert animals. Cases include Priscilla the oddly adorable, yet misplaced aye-aye (according to Word of God, although some people think she's a cactus mouse), Beans the Love Interest and desert iguana, and the burrowing owl mariachi band.
  • The different species of owls from Legend Of The Guardians The Owls Of Gahoole. You have Gylfie the timid yet intelligent tiny Elf Owl, Twilight the street-smart Great Grey Owl, and Digger the fast-talking Burrowing Owl. In fact, the movie's plot is kick-started by the barn owls called the "Pure Ones" (in a not-so very subtle call to Nazi Aryanism) starting a race war against the other owls. An echidna and a Tasmanian devil also show up.
  • Happy Feet:
    • One can count several different types of penguins beyond the generic black and white ones seen in typical media. Mumble and Gloria are emperor penguins, the Latino-accented Plucky Comic Reliefs are Adelie penguins, and the guru voiced by Robin Williams is a Rockhopper penguin. Chinstrap Penguins and African Jackass Penguins are also seen briefly during Mumble's imprisonment in the marine animal exhibit. In addition to the penguins, there's the Nightmare Fuel-laden leopard seal, a herd of elephant seals, and a gang of skuas.
    • The sequel features two krill, one named Bill and one named Will.
  • Ice Age:
    • Other than two of the main heroes (mammoth and saber-toothed cat or Smilodon), Ice Age and its two sequels were filled to the brim with prehistoric animals that went beyond the stock animals that is so nauseatingly typical in any other movie. You had Sid the ground sloth, glyptodonts (salesman Fast Tony's sidekick who got eaten by the marine reptiles, Cretaceous the Metriorhynchus and Maelstrom the Globidens), the sad and farting chalicothere, gray trunked Moeritherium, the rhino-looking Brontops brothers who were harassing Sid in the first movie, long-necked and trunked Macrauchenia, a bulky Homotherium or scimitar-toothed cat as a member of Soto's pack, shovel-tusker Platybelodon, some Baptornis or hesperornithes, musk ox-like Euceratherium, and giant Gastornis birds. In the third movie, 'Dawn of the Dinosaurs', it showed that Buck is a pine marten and the giant butterfly is a Queen Alexandra Birdwing. It went beyond Stock Dinosaurs to include small stegosaurid Kentrosaurus, a pack of Troodon, Roger the Harpactognathus who served as an airborne mount for Buck and the possum brothers, a predatory flock of Pterodactylus, ravenous wolfish Guanlong, and a white Baryonyx named Rudy — Buck's eternal enemy and threat to the T. rex family.
    • The fourth film further contributes to this trope by featuring a colony of hyraxes, Big Bad Gutt the Gigantopithecus, Flynn the elephant seal, Silas the petrel, Pirate Girl Raz the Procoptodon (a short-faced kangaroo), a pod of narwhals, and Precious — Sid's grandmother's pet Livyatan melvillei.
    • The concept art showed more obscure animals that did not make it to the cut. Such species include an axolotl, Mamenchisaurus, Hyracotherium that were to be steeds for the hyraxes, and Paraceratherium.
    • The game app Ice Age Village brings several more, such as Pterodaustro and Cacops.
  • The Princess and the Frog featured spoonbills.
  • Tarzan:
  • The Jungle Book 2 features macaques and ocelots.
  • The Three Caballeros featured umbrellabirds, boat-billed herons, fork-tailed flycatchers, curve-billed scythebills, yellow-chinned spinetails, horneros, and Andean condors (the latter are mentioned, but not seen). And yes Disney fans, the Aracua or Speckled Chachalaca (called the Aracuan Bird in the film) is real... though like many of the older examples on this page, the real bird looks and acts nothing like its more famous animated equivalent.
  • Kung Fu Panda:
    • Shifu the Red Panda and Tai Lung the snow leopard.
    • Monkey is a golden snub-nosed monkey as opposed to the familiar generic monkey.
    • The rhino prison guards look refreshingly more like Asian rhinos than the African white or black rhinos more often seen.
    • The tv series takes it and runs with it. Half the villains and several new good guys are all obscure Chinese creatures.
    • The Big Bad of the second film is an indian peacock, and an albino one at that.
  • The Rescuers Down Under features a giant wedge-tailed eagle named Marahute. It also has a goanna named Joanna. ("Goanna" is sort of a generic word for monitor lizards in Australia, since several species of monitor lizard do live there, but based on her size she's most likely a Perentie.)
  • Rio:
    • Rio has a number of more obscure bird species, most prominently, the Spix's Macaw. For bonus points, Spix's Macaw is a critically endangered species (fewer than 100 remain), meaning that it's literally seldom seen. Besides obscure birds, there's also marmosets and a white-shouldered bat.
    • Rio 2 features capybaras, a tamandua anteater, a poison dart frog or what appears to be one, tapirs, squirrel monkeys, rheas, tamarins, hoatzins, tree porcupines, cock-of-the-rocks, Boto dolphins, arowanas, and caimans.
  • Epic shows that the mouse that almost attacks MK is a grasshopper mouse.
  • Babar: King of the Elephants has a marabou stork as The Narrator. Sacred ibises and cattle egrets also make background appearances.
  • Dumbo briefly featured striped hyenas.
  • The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie featured a frogfish.
  • The Powerpuff Girls Movie featured proboscis monkeys and Japanese macaques alongside the usual stock primates.
  • Zootopia has many secondary characters who qualify, including a fennec fox, honey badger, a gazelle, and armadillos.
  • Lilo & Stitch shows spinner dolphins, rather than the more well-known bottlenose dolphin.
  • Pocahontas has Flit the hummingbird.
  • Moana has Tamatoa, a giant crab monster who has features in common with coconut crabs and decorator crabs. Manta rays, white terns, and frigatebirds appear as well, and Maui's eagle form is based on a Haast's eagle.
  • The Good Dinosaur features Thunderclap the Nyctosaurus, Downpour the Caulkicephalus, Coldfront and Frostbite the Ludodactylus, and Windgust the Guidraco, all of which are pterosaur genera other than the stock Pteranodon. Also, Arlo is seen helping Butch and his family herd long-horned bison.
  • Ferngully The Last Rainforest has a rapping goanna.
  • Coco features a seldom-seen dog breed. The main character's dog is a Xoloitzcuintle, also known as a "Mexican Hairless Dog". They're a rare breed even in real life.
  • Toy Story 3 features a skeleton of a Ceratosaurus as a background character.
  • Pixar Shorts:
    • Boundin' briefly shows a burrowing owl jumping in and out of its burrow.
    • Lava features a pair of white-tailed tropicbirds among the couples that the old volcano admires.
    • Piper stars a flock of sanderlings.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The Jungle Book (2016) was full of (mostly Indian) species not often seen in cinema, such as nilgai, blackbuck, Indian rhinoceros, Indian pangolin, pygmy hog, Indian giant squirrel, jerboas, small Indian civet, red and white giant flying squirrel, Indian cobra, mugger crocodile, Indian cuckoo, hoopoe, Asian fairy-bluebird, and green bee-eater. King Louie's monkey underlings include some relatively obscure species, such as western hoolock gibbon, lion-tailed macaque, pig-tailed macaque, golden langur, and Nilgiri langur. King Louie himself is the extinct orangutan-like ape Gigantopithecus.
  • Bedknobs and Broomsticks prominently featured a secretarybird.
  • In the most recent film of The Time Machine, one of the Eloi men is seen carrying a live black-furred animal over his shoulder, which appears to be a binturong.
  • Besides the usual chimpanzees, gorillas and orangutans, Rise of the Planet of the Apes featured a bonobo named Koba as the Token Evil Teammate. He is promoted to Big Bad in the sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
  • The Syfy Channel's Malibu Shark Attack features goblin sharks, presumably because they look so bizarre.
  • Deep Blue Sea features mutant mako sharks, rather than the usual Great Whites.
  • Jurassic Park III features a Spinosaurus as the main antagonist. Much like with Velociraptor, Spinosaurus was obscure when the film was made and became one of the best-known dinosaurs after the release, although it is almost always based on the film's now outdated portrayalnote .
  • Indominus rex, the main antagonist of Jurassic World, is stated to be made from the DNA of cuttlefish and tree frogs. All There in the Manual states it also contains the genes of Therizinosaurus, Giganotosaurus, Carnotaurus, Rugops, and Majungasaurus.
  • The Big Year is a film (based on a nonfiction book of the same title, but fictionalised somewhat for the screen) about competitive birders trying to set a record for the most species seen in North America (north of Mexico, i.e. the continental United States and Canada) during one calendar year. Seldom-seen species are therefore the driving force of the whole plot: Nutting's Flycatcher, Xantus' Hummingbird, Pink-footed Goose, the list goes on and on...
  • Snakes on a Plane: One of the more distinctive motherfuckin' snakes on this motherfuckin' plane is a Gaboon viper.
  • Transformers: Age of Extinction showed a Psittacosaurus and a herd of heterodontosaurids in the opening scene.
  • T-Rex: Back to the Cretaceous featured a pair of Dryptosaurus to associate with early 20th Century artist Charles R. Knight. For bonus points, they adopt the same pose as in his famous "Leaping Laelaps" painting.
  • Sandy from Annie (1982) is played by an Otterhound named Bingo. It's such an unknown breed that they can easily be mistaken for mutts, which is what Sandy is supposed to be.
  • Goodbye, My Lady is about a boy in rural Mississippi who finds a stray Basenji. Basenji are a rare breed in modern day media, nevermind in the 1950s.
  • The Mission features a tiny marmoset monkey instead of your typical South American monkey like capuchin or squirrel monkeys and a collared peccary which could easily be mistaken as a wild pig. Also, it features a three-toed sloth, who weren't as popular back in 1986, before the Internet days.
  • Bram Stoker's Dracula features a ring-tailed lemur at the London Zoo when a wolf escapes.

    Literature 
  • The owls in Harry Potter include some commonly-mentioned species, but also the lesser-known eagle owl and Scops owl. Similarly, lesser-known mythological creatures such as basilisks and Hippogriffs appear.
  • Redwall is known for focusing on the seldom used ends of the mustelid spectrum, such as stoats, pine martens, and wolverines.
  • Aralorn of Masques can turn herself into a mouse. As she works as a spy, she is diligent about using just the right species for the location, and has a rather impressive selection of subspecies to choose from. The only flying animal she can turn herself into is a goose, not your typical shapeshifter choice, either.
  • Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, the Rudyard Kipling book about a mongoose. The story also features such seldom-seen Indian fauna as the krait, the chuchunder (Asian musk shrew)note , and the tailorbird.
    • A "sea cow" — most likely Steller's Sea Cow — appears in Kipling's The White Seal (and the Chuck Jones Animated Adaptation). In real life they were hunted to extinction 27 years after their discovery in 1741, but in The White Seal they found a safe place and still thrive around 1900s.
    • Another Kipling example: Bears are common enough in fiction, but how many times have you seen a sloth bear? Probably just in The Jungle Book, and the Disney cartoons and features it inspired. Adaptations often design him after a brown bear to make him more easily recognizable.
    • The Jungle Book also has Tabaqui the jackal. Certain adaptations have changed his species to the black-backed jackal or even a striped hyena, due to the Indian golden jackal looking too similar to wolves.
  • A mongoose also appears in the Sherlock Holmes story "The Adventure of the Crooked Man."
  • Andre Norton:
  • The lammergeier in Iain M. Banks's Feersum Endjinn.
  • Velociraptors (along with a few other genera) were obscure back when Jurassic Park was written. But then the book and movie popularized them so that they are inescapable in dinosaur media these days, though they almost always get depicted like the ones in Jurassic Park when in reality they were only 2-3 feet tall and covered in feathers. Dilophosaurus is an example that never caught on quite as much.
    • Spinosaurus and Mosasaurus are cases similar to Velociraptor.
    • Some genera that are still rather obscure to this day also make appearances in the franchise: such as Procompsognathus, Othnielia, Microceratus, Dryosaurus, Cearadactylus, Mussaurus, Hypsilophodon, Ornitholestes, Mamenchisaurus, Corythosaurus, Ceratosaurus, Herrerasaurus, Troodon, and Dimorphodon. Metriacanthosaurus, Proceratosaurus, Baryonyx, Segisaurus, and Euoplocephalus are also implied to have been among the species present in the park of the first book/film.
    • The second book also includes Pachycephalosaurus and Maiasaura, which are among the better-known species but aren't nearly as prolific as the likes of Tyrannosaurus and Stegosaurus, as well as Carnotaurus, which have chameleon-like color-changing abilities. The carnotaur and its color-changing wasn't adapted into the film version, but was included in the arcade game, of all things.
  • The Immortals featured pygmy marmosets in the third book.
  • The Spellsinger series includes increasingly-exotic species among its Funny Animal cast in its later books, including the likes of the pangolin, javelina, silky anteater, viscacha, and aye-aye.
  • The Frances TV series and the Frances The Badger children's books feature an American badger as its main character.
  • Dinotopia features not only Stock Dinosaurs but also more obscure prehistoric animals.
  • Harry and His Bucket Full of Dinosaurs has Sid the Scelidosaurus. There was also an Anchisaurus character that was absent from the animated adaptation; similarly, one episode of the series had a Nanosaurus character.
  • The Earth's Children series goes into intricate detail about the wildlife, including such animals as the saiga antelope, the chamois, and the cave bear. Flipped, a 'dirk-toothed tiger' gets barely a mention.
  • Astrosaurs features numerous obscure dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures.
  • Forests of the Night features an anthropomorphic mongoose, attached to a battalion of tiger Super Soldiers as their medic.
  • Raptor Red not only prominently features Utahraptor but also includes Acrocanthosaurus, Kronosaurus, Gastonia, Aegialodon, Trinitichelys, Ornithodesmus, Platypterygius, Astrodon, Bernissartia, and a generic therizinosaur.
  • Carnosaur features Tarbosaurus, Becklespinax (referred to as "Altispinax"), Megalosaurus, and Scolosaurus.
  • Cobras aren't that rare in literature, but on a space ship? You bet they are!
  • The Animal Antics A to Z series has exactly that — at least one animal that begins with each letter of the alphabet. As such, there are common animals like a dog and a goat, but there's also unusual ones, such as a quokka.
  • Touching Spirit Bear prominently featured a Kermode bear, a subspecies of black bear with white fur.
  • Journey to the Center of the Earth makes references to extinct mammals Lophiodon, Anoplotherium, Megatherium, Protopithecus, and Glyptodon.
  • This is pretty much the whole idea of Last Chance To See by Douglas Adams and environmentalist Mark Carwardine and the associated television series with Stephen Fry and Carwardine. Both are based around an adventure to see species on the brink of extinction and for some, it truly could be the "last chance to see." In fact, during the planning of the television series, the Yangtze river dolphin featured in the book was declared extinct, necessitating a change to search for blue whales for the final episode instead.
  • Some of the birds that appear in the Nursery Rhyme "Who Killed Cock Robin?" include a rook, a lark, a linnet, a kite, and a thrush.
  • Alfie from Dear Hound is a Scottish Deerhound. There is also a Ragdoll cat character.
  • Primitive War features Utahraptor as the main threat. Stygimoloch, Kaprosuchus, Hypsilophodon, and Microraptor also make appearances in the novel.
  • Along with the usual Stock Dinosaurs, The Dinosaur Lords also makes use of several lesser-known genera such as Einiosaurus and Germanodactylus.
  • House of Tribes by Garry Douglas Kilworth stars a yellow-necked mouse.

    Live Action Television 
  • Little Maya's maternal grandmother on Six Feet Under gives her a stuffed okapi, to prove how much more sophisticated she is compared to her paternal grandmother, who gave her a monkey.
  • The titular character of the PBS children's show Zoboomafoo is a Sifaka lemur, who for some reason is actually anthropomorphized by being fed.
  • Sesame Street:
    • Its South African co-production Takalani Sesame has a giant meerkat named Moshe.
    • "African Animal Alphabet", a segment on the American version, had ibises, jerboas, kingfishers, okapis, hamerkops (identified as umber birds), warthogs and African ground squirrels (identified by their Latin name Xerus).
  • When Super Sentai and Power Rangers does an animal theme (which is often), they usually have some stock badass animals they like to use — but then there's usually also an oddball choice. Some of these aren't obscure in general, but they evoke a similar reaction in the show's action-superhero context; for instance, a lot of viewers were confused by the Black Ranger having a frog zord in the later parts of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers.
  • Geo Kids had Bobby the Bushbaby and Sunny the honey possum.
  • David Attenborough's The Life of Mammals prominently featured echidnas, possums, yapoks, shrews, pangolins, pika, marmots, ground squirrels, mole rats, maras, fennec foxes, african wild dogs, harbour seals, right whales, sun bears, fruit bats, lorises, gibbons, uakaris, tamarins, guenons, macaques, and geladas.
    • This trope goes for all of Attenborough's Life on Earth series.
    • Likewise, meerkats were essentially unknown in Britain until the 1987 Wildlife on One episode Meerkats United. Overnight they became a national fascination that's never really let up since.
  • This trope is the whole point of the documentary series Mutant Planet.
  • Combatants on Monster Bug Wars include such oddities as spitting spiders, assassin bugs, carnivorous katydids, whip scorpions and velvet worms.
  • Primeval has prominently featured quite a few more obscure prehistoric animals: including Coelurosauravus, Inostrancevia (simply called a gorgonopsid on the show), Scutosaurus, Arthropleura, Tylosaurus, Hesperornis, Anurognathus, a Columbian Mammoth, Pristichampsus, Diictodon, Giganotosaurus, Titanis, Dracorex, Embolotherium, Australopithecus, Kaprosuchus, Euchambersia (simply identified as a therocephalian in the show), Koolasuchus (simply referred to as a labyrinthodont in the show), Hyaenodon, and Liopleurodon.
    • The spin-off Primeval: New World continues the trend with Albertosaurus, Utahraptor, Titanoboa, Lycaenops, Daemonosaurus, Ornitholestes, and Brontoscorpio.
  • Jessie has Mr(s). Kipling the Asian water monitor.
  • Dinosaurs has Earl Sinclair the Megalosaurus and Spike the Polacanthus. Dryptosaurus, Troodon, Ceratosaurus, Psittacosaurus, Corythosaurus, and Protoceratops appear as one-off characters and puppets.
  • Although not identified as such (being a show for infants), In the Night Garden… had hoopoes and red-crested turacos.
  • I Didn't Do It has hellbenders (identified as snot otters).
  • The "more exotic the better" aspect of Chopped sometimes obliges the contestants to cook with obscure species or breeds of animal, such as fluke fillets, quail eggs, or whole Ayam Cemani chickens.

    Music 
  • The Schoolhouse Rock song "Four-Legged Zoo" prominently mentioned ibex (a type of goat with large, curved horns) and kudu (a large antelope with corkscrew-shaped horns).
  • Frank Zappa's piece "The Adventures Of Greggery Peccary" from Studio Tan and ''Läther, correctly describes him as "the nocturnal gregarious wild swine".

    Radio 

    Theme Parks 

    Toys 
  • The Trash Pack has featured rarely-mentioned bugs in their Bin-sects team, including tapeworms, earwigs, and silverfish.
  • Some of the higher-end animal toy manufacturers such as Safari Ltd., Schleich, and CollectA will feature obscure animal species in addition to well-known ones. Examples are too numerous to list.
  • The Grossery Gang has Slob Fish, who is a blobfish, a type of fish rarely seen in fiction.

    Video Games 
  • Crash Bandicoot
    • Aside from the title character's species, the series also includes a potoroo (Pinstripe), a thylacine (Tiny), two Komodo dragons (Joe and Moe), and a Tasmanian Devil (The Viscount), along with the usual stock Australian critters that may apply, such as dingos and koalas.
  • TY the Tasmanian Tiger
    • Besides thylacines, there's also a cassowary as the Big Bad, a Tasmanian devil, a green tree frog, a thorny devil, wallabies, goannas, bilbies, weedy sea dragons, giant groupers, wombats, blue-tongued skinks, a lyrebird, Sydney funnel-web spiders, a ghost bat, an echidna, cane toads, Muttaburrasaurus, and marsupial lions.
    • Similarly, the third game features an obscure mythical creature: the Quinkan.
  • Bubsy the bobcat.
  • Pokémon:
    • MANY Pokémon are actually based on obscure animal species. We have Pangolins note , Hermit Crabs note , Tapirs note , Dugongs note , Mongooses note , Weedy Sea Dragons note , Crown-of-thorns Starfish note Angler Fish note , Porcupine Fish note , Coconut Crabs note , Mudskippers note , Cicadas note , Bagworms note , Sea Slugs note , Sea Slaters note , Giant Isopods note , Meerkats note , Leaf Insects note , Filefish note , Chinchillas note , Barnacles note , Lampreys note , Diving Bell Spiders note , Sea Angels note , Hawaiian Honeycreepers note , Yeti Crabs note , Bee Flies note , etc. And that's not including the fossil Pokemon or plants! There's also the Axolotl, an endangered aquatic salamander, which serves as the inspiration for Wooper, as well as another possible inspiration for Mudkip. You might recognize them as the same species as Dr. Shrunk from Animal Crossing (see below).
    • It's safe to say that Game Freak has Shown Their Work concerning many species and other biological life. Even the ones that aren't based directly on specific animals are instead based on old myths note . You'd be hard-pressed to find one type of creature in real life that hasn't been made into a Pokémon yet. Aside from normal dolphins, oddly enough.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog:
    • Knuckles the echidnas. Sonic Adventure introduced Tikal and several other Echidnas from the past.
    • While well-known in Japan and Europe, hedgehogs themselves were this in many parts of the world, especially the New Worldnote , until Sonic made his species famous.
    • Fang the Sniper is half-wolf and half-jerboa.
  • Mega Man:
    • Mega Man X6 has Infinity Mijinon, a water flea, and Ground Scaravich, a dung beetle.
    • Other unusual species represented by Mavericks found across the series are Armored Armadillo, Split Mushroom, Spike Rosered (a rose), Tornado Tonion (an Onion), Optic Sunflower, Volt Catfish, Crush Crawfish, and Wire Sponge (Who, despite his name, is actually a Luffa. The very same luffa you use to scrub yourself with in the shower.)
    • Mega Man X Corrupted, a Mega Man X fan game, features the ground sloth Mylodon and a Hoatzin.
  • The Darius series has a whole slew of them, in the form of Humongous Mecha sea creatures. Absolute Defender- pinecone fish, Tripod Sardine- tripod fish, Folding Fan- fanfish, The Embryon- sea angel,Brightly Stare-Barrel Eye fish, and more.
  • Zoo Tycoon contains too many examples to list.
  • Chimera Beast features two giant monsters inspired by lamprey, and related species, as it's first boss.
  • Ocelots in Minecraft.
    • It's become a Running Gag on Imgur to either reference Minecraft or Archer whenever photos of baby ocelots are posted, since those are the two most well-known franchises to feature the cute, tufted-eared little bastards.
    • The third-part mod Mo' Creatures includes Songhua River mammoths, which hardly ever show up outside of scientific literature, as an elephant variant, in addition to a number of obscure horse and big cat hybrids such as zorses and leogers. It also features winged lions, a kind of mythological creatures that hardly ever shows up outside of Renassiance-age Venetian artwork.
  • The opossums (namely Sparkster) that appear in the Rocket Knight Adventures series.
  • Dino Run's visible dinosaurs all belong to the typical stock clades, but the bonus eggs you can pick up include such specific and seldom-heard-of genera as Olorotitan, Rinchenia and Magnosaurus.
  • Impossible Creatures, a game about combining animals, has poison dart frogs, archerfish, and muskoxen, among others.
  • Most of the characters in the Animal Crossing games are fairly commonly-seen animals, but Dr. Shrunk is an axolotl and New Leaf introduces Luna, a tapir. Also in that game, the player can dig up fossils of the brontothere Megacerops, and most of the collectible fish and arthropods fall into this trope.
  • The vast majority of animals seen in the Endless Ocean games are likely to be little known by anyone who's interest is outside Marine Biology, and even then it includes some really obscure animals, such as the aforementioned sea angels, Turritopsis nutricula, the Venus Flower Basket and Praya dubia.
  • Hello, Odell Down Under.
  • Hatoful Boyfriend introduced many Japanese and American audiences to birds like the Luzon bleeding-heart dove and the Chukar partridge. The downside of that is that we're all going to think of Chukars as sinister violent Mad Scientists and bleeding-heart doves as drug-addled lunatics from now on.
  • The Dino Crisis series feature Therizinosaurus, Oviraptor, Mosasaurus, Inostrancevia, and Giganotosaurus.
  • The Japanese Xbox game Dinosaur Hunting features not only the Stock Dinosaurs but also more obscure types: Albertosaurus, Amargasaurus, Ampelosaurus, Baryonyx, Cave lion, Deinosuchus, Dromaeosaurus, Euoplocephalus, Gastonia, Gastornis, Hypsilophodon, Kentrosaurus, Maiasaura, Moa, Ouranosaurus, Pelecanimimus, Shunosaurus, Stygimoloch, Supersaurus, Therizinosaurus, Torosaurus, and Wuerhosaurus.
  • From the Far Cry series:
    • Far Cry 3 has Komodo dragons, cassowaries, tapirs, bull sharks, macaques, birds of paradise, and thylacines.
    • Far Cry 4 adds in snow leopards, clouded leopards, tigerfish, Indian rhinos, Malayan tapirs, black eagles, mugger crocodiles, ratels (honey badgers), white-rumped vultures, pit vipers, dholes, Asian black bears, Himalayan brown bears, Assam macaques, Himalayan monals, sambar deer, bharals (Himalayan blue sheep), red-crowned turtles, Japalura lizards, and Nepalese crows.
    • Far Cry Primal features Coelodonta (woolly rhinoceroses), cave bears, dire wolves, Megaloceros (Irish elks), cave lions, Eurasian eagle owls, European jaguars, Crocodylus bugtiensis (Pakistan crocodiles), Megacerops (brontotheres), European dholes, gray langurs, European adders, vivaparous lizards, and Chukar partridges. Snow leopards, tigerfish, and tapirs also return in the game.
  • Dwarf Fortress has a pretty diverse array of ecosystems, each with some unusual fauna to be had, from macaques to olms to sponges. All of them can kill your dwarfs. At one point, players who donated more than a certain amount could pick a new creature to include in the next release.
  • Pitfall: The Lost Expedition features tuco-tucos.
  • Putt-Putt Enters the Race has an activity where you can read about obscure species, from aardvark to zorilla.
  • The Amazon Trail, on par of being an Edutainment game, is filled to the brim of obscure animals native to the Amazon such as ocelots, kinkajous, tapirs, night monkeys, bush dogs, fishing bats, tambaqui, piraracu (or arapaima), tucunare, potoos, hoatzins, mealy amazons, collared trogons, jabiru storks, honeycreepers, tegu lizards, basilisks, spectacled caimans, fer-de-lance snakes, bushmasters, Gulf Fritillary butterflies, giant Agrippa moths, goliath bird-eating spiders, etc.
  • Fossil Fighters features a large number of dinosaurs as the basis for its viviosaurs, as well as unusual prehistoric lifeforms. In addition to more obscure dinosaurs like Therizinosaurus and Bradycneme, the game actually features three distinct subspecies of ammonite, the giant hornless rhinoceros Paraceratherium, and the "armored fish" Dunkleosteus.
  • Monster Racers has quite a diverse range of creatures from Australia. It features monsters based on the Tasmanian devil, frilled lizard, emu, and bandicoot, which aren't entirely unusual for works that reach for more unusual Australian wildlife. However, it also has a monster based on the fairy penguin, correctly native to Australia instead of anywhere else. The "legendary beast" of Australia is also based on the mythological rainbow serpent. Outside of Australia, it has monsters based on the springbok (Africa) and the mythical Polevik (Eurasia).
  • Terraria features Arapaimas as Hardmode enemies in the Jungle.
  • Assassin's Creed:
  • Age of Empires III features Guanaco, Giant Salamanders, Saiga, Ibex, Nilgai, Serow, Tapir, Capybara, Musk deer, and Rhea as huntable animals in some of its Maps.
  • Primal Carnage has Oviraptor, Cryolophosaurus, and Tupandactlyus as alternate skins for the playable Mesozoic reptiles, which are all Stock Dinosaurs. There are also plans for Acrocanthosaurus and Kaprosuchus to be added in the game.
  • Dino System: Although the game started off containing Stock Dinosaurs like Triceratops, T. rex and Ankylosaurus, later updates added creatures such as Alphadon and Deinosuchus.
  • Splatoon: The creatures wandering around are either based on or are humanoid versions of sea creatures (plus a cat). While many of them are common animals like squids and jellyfish, the shy store clerk Annie is a humanoid sea anemone, complete with a (rude) clownfish living in her anemone afro; and the weapons salesman Sheldon is a horseshoe crab.
    • The sequel introduces new shopkeepers Bisk and Flow, a spider crab and sea slug, respectively. Like Annie, Flow has a small non-anthropomorphic animal living in her hair, this time a crayfish.
  • Feeding Frenzy and its sequel feature a wide array of sealife, including john dories, humphead wrasses, queen triggerfishes, parrotfishes, surgeonfishes, leopard sharks, pompanos, boxfishes, barracudas, etc.
  • Confirmed creatures in Saurian include Dakotaraptor, Acheroraptor, Champsosaurus, an unnamed alvarezsaurid ("O." minutus), Chamops, Habrosaurus, Borealosuchus, Thoracosaurus, Basilemys, Didelphodon, Denversaurus, Avisaurus, Thescelosaurus, Palaeosaniwa, Cimolopteryx, Pectinodon note , Brodavis, Toxochelys, Axestemys, Meniscoessus, Brachychampsa, Anzu and Casterolimulus.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved has plenty of Stock Dinosaurs, but also tons of obscure creatures including Argentavis, Beelzebufo, Dimorphodon, Daeodon, Carbonemys, Pelagornis, Phiomia, Megalania, Therizinosaurus, Hyaenodon, Yutyrannus, Tapejara, Pachyrhinosaurus, Titanomyrma, Chalicotherium, Icthyornis, Procoptodon, Kaprosuchus, Pulmonoscorpius, Hesperornis, Thylacoleo, Moschops, Oncorhynchus, Kentrosaurus, Leedsichthys, Diplocaulus, Mesopithecus, Pegomastax, Achatina, Purlovia, Kairuku, Megapiranha, and Tusoteuthis. Not all of these are portrayed accurately.
  • E.V.O.: Search for Eden featured sea cucumbers, sea slugs, conodonts, Thelodus, Dinichthys, trilobites, Cephalaspis, Orthoceras, Cladoselache, coelacanths, Ichthyostega, Diplocaulus, Protophasma, Meganeura, Edaphosaurus, Moschops, basal archosaurs (referred to as "thecodonts"), Stegoceras (referred to as Troodon), ammonites, Deltatheridium, Peramus, Hyaenodon, Paraceratherium (referred to as Baluchitherium), Eohippus, condors, and Gastornis (referred to as Diatryma).
  • Among the creatures found in Snapimals are dik-diks, lovebirds, and plover birds.
  • The Carnivores series featured Moschops, Dimorphodon, Chasmosaurus, Ceratosaurus, Megacerops (referred to as Brontotherium, which is misspelled as "Brontoteriy"), dire wolves, Gastornis (referred to as Diatryma), Coelodonta, Megaloceros, cave bears, Coelophysis, Oviraptor, Nanotyrannus, Suchomimus, Giganotosaurus, Alphadon, Tupandactylus (referred to as Tapejara), Tylosaurus, Amargasaurus, Utahraptor, Troodon, Carnotaurus, Gigantoraptor, Paraceratherium (referred to as Indricotherium), Doedicurus, Hyaenodon, Andrewsarchus, Titanis, and Pelecanimimus.
  • The arcade game Savage Quest has Oviraptor, Pentaceratops, Deinosuchus, Baryonyx, Polacanthus, Utahraptor, Kentrosaurus, Mamenchisaurus, Suchomimus, and Giganotosaurus.
  • Wallace & Gromit's Grand Adventures has Poodgie-Woo and Tinkie-Wee, a pair of Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.
  • Not actually seen, but in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild you can hear the sound of a whippoorwill at night.
  • The protagonist and player character of Snake Pass is a coral snake named Noodle.
  • In Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage!, kangaroo rats are the main inhabitants of Glimmer and a snow leopard appears in Crystal Glacier.
  • The Freddi Fish series prominently features purple sea urchins. There's also the coconut crab from the "Crab Invaders" mini-game in The Case of the Haunted Schoolhouse, Nadine the narwhal from The Case of the Stolen Conch Shell, and a jawfish and a mudskipper in The Case of the Creature of Coral Cove.
  • Shantae: Half-Genie Hero features blobfish.
  • In Super Mario Odyssey, blue jays and Northern palm squirrels can be seen in the Wooded Kingdom, and a steppe eagle appears in the Sand Kingdom. Also, Glydon appears to based on the Draco or gliding lizard.

    Web Comics 
  • Concession features Roland, a pangolin, Franz/Zoe, a bilby, Kate and Rick, ringtail lemurs, and Clive, an okapi.
  • Dinosaur Comics, in addition to the not-that-unusual T. rex, includes a Utahraptor and a Dromiceiomimus among the main cast.
  • Mocheril from The Meek, who is an olm (rarely seen outside of slovenian heraldy).
  • Nature of Nature's Art, full stop. Featuring jerboas, degus, tamanduas, kinkajous, several species of spiders and many more.
  • In Off-White, the pack is shown hunting a chamois. This might be the one and only time you'll ever see one in any fiction whatsoever.
  • The main characters in Yuck Heads are mongooses, specifically Yellow Mongooses.
  • Femmegasm has a tamarin monkey and axolotl as its lead characters.
  • Dawn of Time tends to feature lesser-known dinosaurs like Pachyrhinosaurus and Sauropelta.
  • Commander Kitty features Nin Wah, a red panda. The first version of the comic also had part of the plot set on a planet of pangolins.
  • Raptormaniacs has Zahavi the Jinfengopteryx, Remex the Caudipteryx, and Ebeff the Therizinosaurus. Also Skull, who is a skull cast of Tsaagan.
  • Stephan in Ozy and Millie is an aardvark.
  • The protagonist of Digger is a wombat, and several of the supporting cast come from a tribe of hyenas.
  • The Bug Pond features a lot of obscure bug species, such as silverfish, earwigs, and assassin bugs.
  • Liz Climo often features these in her comic series, such as tamanduas, honey badgers, and fennec foxes.
  • Question Duck has a great potoo in this strip. An earlier one showed a toco toucan and leafcutter ants. This guest strip by Coelasquid (creator of Manly Guys Doing Manly Things) had a shoebill.

    Web Original 
  • The middle portion of the song "In the Ocean Blue" from Charlie the Unicorn, which sounds an awful lot like the Pokerap:
    Lungfish, Blackfish, Alligator, Icefish
    Armorhead, Hammerhead, Anaconda, Flathead
    Manta ray, Stingray, Fangtooth, Moray
    Goblin shark, Grass carp, Round River Bat Ray
    Noodlefish, Hagfish, Man o' War, Ladyfish
    Black eel, baby seal, Sprat, Koi, Electric eel
    Lamprey, Pejerey, Yellow-edged Moray
    Salmon shark, Sleeper shark, Leatherback, and Eagle ray!
  • The Happy Tree Friends universe includes a marmot and an anteater (Cro-Marmot and Sniffles, respectively). While Sniffles has been known to hunt ants on occasion, the ice-encased Cro-Marmot never engages in any marmot-esque activity. Or any activity, period.
  • The Tyrannosaur Chronicles includes a handful of dinosaur species that are rarely used in media like the Einiosaurus or the Stegoceras.
  • Cracked loves this trope.

    Western Animation 
  • Bonkers D. Bobcat.
  • Woody Woodpecker.
  • Rufus the naked mole rat from Kim Possible.
  • Spongebob Squarepants (the sea sponge) and Plankton (the copepod).
    • The series also featured flounder, groupers, whelks, nematodes, rays, hagfish, sea urchins, krill, gulper eels, anglers, flatworms, ammonites, and trilobites.
    • A Tylosaurus and a Tanystropheus appear in the episode "Lost and Found".
  • The Tasmanian Devil from Looney Tunes. One animator joked that it was the only animal left that Bugs Bunny hadn't faced, so director Robert McKimson decided to rectify that.
  • Little Beeper, Concord Condor, Bookworm, and Dizzy Devil from Tiny Toon Adventures. Shirley McLoon would also count (not many loons in fiction), but she looks like a duck as opposed to the actual loon species.
  • Tiko from Jana of the Jungle is a yapok, a little-known aquatic species of opossum. The show mislabels him a coatimundi, which is a completely different animal.
  • Go, Diego, Go! features a lot of Seldom Seen Species, including spectacled bears, kinkajous, okapis, and pygmy marmosets.
  • Dora the Explorer has an episode dedicated to the coqui.
  • It's a Big Big World features a tamandua (a species of anteater) named Bob, a pair of marmosets named Smooch and Winslow, and a quetzal bird named Birdette.
  • The classic Goofy animated short My African Diary featured hartebeest, which resemble medium-sized antelope whose horns are shaped like hearts, hence their name.
    • Another short "El Gaucho Goofy" had a rhea (referred to as an Argentine ostrich).
  • Minerva Mink and Baynarts "Charlton" Woodchuck from Animaniacs.
    • Calhoon Q. Capybara and Who Who the ring tailed lemur (who looks vaguely like a red panda) from "Back In Style" count too.
    • "Morning Malaise" has Howie Tern.
  • Rocko the wallaby in Rocko's Modern Life.
  • Dinosaur Train primarily features many obscure dinosaur genera.
  • Almost Naked Animals has a narwhal, a dugong, a beluga, and a manatee.
  • Brandy & Mr. Whiskers has all sorts of obscure South American fauna including a giant otter, tapirs, capybaras, kinkajous, coatis, basilisk lizards, marmosets, and even a walking stick insect.
  • Fish Hooks has Albert Glass the glass catfish.
  • VeggieTales features a song dedicated to "Barbara Manatee." They also had another song called "Song of the Cebu".
  • Adventures from the Book of Virtues has Aurora the red-tailed hawk, Socrates the bobcat, and Aristotle the prairie dog.
  • The Pelican and the Snipe starred a pelican and a snipe, probably being the only cartoon where you can see the latter species onscreen.
  • Regular Show has Mordecai the blue jay.
    • It also has Margaret's cousin John, who may be based on an oriole, a rather obscure bird, which clearly shows the creators did their research.
    • The episode "Replaced" has Chad the Australian possum and Jeremy the ostrich, the former of which is rarely represented in fiction.
    • Rigby himself closely resembles the crab-eating raccoon of South America more than the common North American raccoon. It's never been confirmed which one he is supposed to be.
      • Though in the music video bumper, a live-action North American raccoon was briefly seen before becoming live-action Rigby.
    • The commercial seen in "Every Meat Burrito" makes a list of several obscure animals (aside from bacon and long pig).
    Gila monster, pigeon, marmot, dik-dik, baboon, bushpig, long pig, aardwolf, manatee, bat-eared fox, red bat, spotted bat, dog-faced bat, opossum, emu, hairy long-nosed armadillo, big hairy armadillo, screaming hairy armadillo, colocolo, spectacled bear, lowland tapir, red deer, shy albatross, komondor dog, hagfish, Sonoran sidewinder, snorkel viper, oak-leaf rattler, bacon, narwhal, kookaburra, aha ha, blobfish, bulldog stargazer, tufted titmouse, screaming cowbird, green jay, lady Amherst pheasant, Polish chicken, quetzal, Surinam toad, tomato frog, turtle frog, Christmas tree worm, vampire squid, coelacanth, mugger crocodile, aye-aye, dumbo octopus, platypus... and more!
    • A emu made a brief appearance in "Mordecai and Rigby Down Under."
    • The cassowary from "Brilliant Century Duck Crisis Special."
    • The "USA! USA!" music video had a blue bird-of-paradise.
  • The Secret Saturdays has a Komodo dragon and a Tropeognathus as two of the main animal characters. Similarly, it has a wide variety of obscure cryptids like the Fiskerton Phantom, the Hibagon, the Orang-pendak, the Mapinguari, and the Owlman.
  • The Miscellaneous Disney Short, "Pigs is Pigs," features two guinea pigs at the Westcote railroad station who reproduce countless offspring. Guinea pigs may not be that seldom seen these days, but they were seldom seen back in 1954, when this cartoon was released.
  • One late 1950s/early '60s Hanna-Barbera cartoon had a hyena (a carnivore not much seen outside of media related to The Lion King, as noted above) named Hardy Har Har. He was a spotted, "laughing" hyena (have you ever seen a striped hyena on TV?note ), and was drawn to resemble a dog (even though hyenas are more closely related to mongooses and meerkats).
  • Peep And The Big Wide World has blue jays.
  • Muddy Mudskipper from The Ren & Stimpy Show.
  • The 2007 version of George of the Jungle features spider monkeys, howler monkeys, ring-tailed lemurs, marmosets, tapirs, meerkats, tree shrews, manatees, and bushbabies.
  • The giant anteater in Top Cat, a show that aired in the early 1960s, when anteaters at all were a rare occurrence in fiction.
  • Kiki the capybara and the manatee dummy in one episode of Bob's Burgers. Another episode made reference to the cormorant.
  • Tennessee Tuxedo And His Tales has Jerboa Jump the kangaroo rat.
  • Mike, Lu & Og has a wombat who is a Friendly Enemy with Alfred.
  • The Raccoons had Cyril Sneer, an aardvark. In 1985.
  • Noah's Island had aardvark, proboscis monkey, mandrill, desman, bandicoot, aye-aye, golden mole, baboon, striped hyena, brown hyena, wombat, hyrax, Komodo dragon, wallaby, pangolin, mongoose, sloth, and Spix's macawnote .
  • Littlest Pet Shop (2012) has Sunil Nevla the mongoose.
    • And as far as dog breeds go, there have so far been Zoe, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel; Sam U.L., a Griffon Bruxellois; and Philippe, a French Terrier. All three breeds are actually rather common in real life but are rarely represented in fiction, probably because they're difficult to recognize.
    • Overall, this series is not shy about picking from anywhere in the animal kingdom, such as with Steve, a water cobra; Bearded Lady, a bearded lizard; Desi, a myna bird; and Sweetcheeks, a sugar glider. Julie McNally Cahill and Tim Cahill have previously shown their expertise at animal identification with My Gym Partner's a Monkey (see below).
  • The Farm League shorts on DC Nation featuring a Funny Animal Justice League of America include Supermanatee, Batmongoose, Wonder Wombat, Aquamandrill and Green Lamprey (who, despite his name, is a warthog). Their villains include Lex Liger. Yes, the lion/tiger crossbreed species.
  • Adventure Time had a Surinam toad in the episode "Five More Short Graybles".
    • In the episode "A Glitch is a Glitch", Jake mentions dreaming as a coelacanth.
    • "Apple Wedding" introduces Wyatt, an elephant seal.
    • "You Forgot Your Floaties" has a coconut crab.
    • "President Porpoise is Missing!" has a narwhal.
    • The first issue of the comic showed fossils of Torosaurus, Lambeosaurus, and a glyptodont.
    • Volume 4 of the Adventure Time Graphic Novels has the Mudskipper Gang.
  • Cow and Chicken featured striped hyenas, a jackal, and spotted owls.
  • My Dad the Rock Star has Mosh the Komodo dragon.
  • Futurama often uses this trope.
    • A coelacanth appears in "Deep South". More also appear in "The Farnsworth Paradox" kept by the Professor in a tank.
    • "Deep South" also showed a weedy sea dragon.
    • In "Love and Rocket", when Bender and the Planet Express ship visit a zoo, they come across tapirs with their young. Bender even calls himself a cuddly baby tapir after saying he is a lone wolf and a solitary eagle.
    • "300 Big Boys" has Mushu the pygmy sperm whale.
    • "Bender's Big Score" has a narwhal named Leelu. She is portrayed as having a tusk which is a rare occasion for female narwhals, and she is even described as a "rare toothed female narwhal".
    • "Into the Wild Green Yonder" showed thylacines and white rhinoceroses as among the species preserved by the Last Encyclopod.
    • "A Clockwork Origin" had an Elaphrosaurus skeleton. There's also references to Homo erectus, Homo habilis, Australopithecus, and Darwinius. A tarsier also appears as a museum display.
    • "Fun on a Bun" showed Megatherium, Doedicurus, Macrauchenia, and Coelodonta.
    • "Fry and Leela's Big Fling" featured bonobos, gibbons, mandrills, hamadryas baboons, langurs, ring-tailed lemurs, and proboscis monkeys alongside more commonly-seen primates such as gorillas, chimpanzees, and orangutans.
    • "Naturama" featured Pinta Island tortoise, Darwin's finch, marine iguana, blue-footed booby, elephant seal, and vampire squid.
  • My Gym Partner's a Monkey has several of these, particularly Jake Spidermonkey. Any character in the series, in fact, can be identified down to the species.
  • Babu the ocelot from Archer. Lampshaded by the titular character with his overjoyed exclamation of "I've never seen an ocelot before!"
  • George and Martha has Bud and Valerie the hyenas, and some of the minor characters include a Komodo dragon, ring-tailed lemurs, and a manatee.
  • Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers had a Tasmanian devil in the episode "Wolf in Cheap Clothing".
  • Phineas and Ferb:
    • Part of Heinz Doofenshmirtz's Hilariously Abusive Childhood involved getting adopted by ocelots.
    • In "Tour De Ferb", Doofenshmirtz's part-time job involved posing for an advertisement with a wombat.
    • In "Interview With a Platypus", among the animals chasing Candace, there is a roadrunner.
    • "Hawaiian Vacation" had a manta ray. Also in the same episode, Perry and Doofenshmirtz briefly get transformed into an Ichthyornis and a mudskipper respectively, and Doofenshmirtz plans to turn the human population of the Tri-State Area into Pliopithecus.
    • The red-billed oxpecker from "What'd I Miss?"
    • "The Secret of Success" had a manatee.
    • "Where's Perry" featured bontebok, bongo, zebu, waterbuck, and ring-tailed lemurs.
    • The blind cave salamander from "Save Summer".
    • "Der Kinderlumper" had chinchillas.
    • The star-nosed mole from "At the Car Wash".
    • "It's About Time!" had Alamosaurus and enantiornithines.
    • "My Fair Goalie" had emus.
    • Perry himself, a duck-billed platypus, counts as one. The creators wanted his species to be an uncommon animal that couldn't be bought from pet stores.
    • Some of the OWCA agents include a mongoose, a great grey heron, and an aardvark.
    • The spin-off special "OWCA Files" features Maggie the Macaw.
  • From The Emperor's New School: Red-eyed Tree Frog Man.
  • Camp Lazlo has Slinkman the banana slug, Chip and Skip the dung beetles, Patsy the mongoose, and Dave and Ping-Pong the loons.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • Some of Fluttershy's birds include jays, loons, bitterns, and keel-billed toucans.
    • "The Best Night Ever" has wallaroos, meadowlarks, and spider monkeys.
    • The peregrine falcon from "May the Best Pet Win".
    • One of Ahuizotl's cat minions is a lynx.
    • Speaking of which, Ahuizotl himself is a mythological example of this trope.
    • "Trade Ya!" features another obscure mythical creature, the Orthros (a two-headed dog from Greek mythology who is related to Cerberus).
    • "The Lost Treasure of Griffonstone" has Arimaspi, yet another lesser-known mythological creature.
    • "Stranger than Fan Fiction" features the Cipactli, a crocodilian-like creature of Aztec mythology.
    • "Viva Las Pegasus" has prairie dogs.
    • A pileated woodpecker appears in "It isn't the Mane Thing About You".
    • While not exactly one, the malwurf from "To Change a Changeling" strongly resembles a star-nosed mole.
    • A new short of Equestria Girls has Sunset Shimmer adopting a pet leopard gecko named Ray.
  • The Amazing World of Gumball
    • Season 3 had the Wattersons adopt an aggressive soft-shelled turtle as a pet.
    • "The Rerun" had a brief appearance of the gomphothere Platybelodon. Gets lampshaded in that Rob doesn't know what it is.
  • Dino-Riders had Torosaurus, Monoclonius, Edmontonia, Kentrosaurus, Saurolophus, Placerias, Pachyrinosaurus, Chasmosaurus, Desmatosuchus, Megatherium, Doedicurus, and Entelodon alongside the usual Stock Dinosaurs.
  • The Wild Thornberrys, being a show about animals, has boatloads of these. From dugongs to colugos.
  • The Penguin in Batman: The Animated Series used exotic birds like the Andean vulture and the cassowary in some of his crimes.
  • Kenny the Shark has a bull shark named Elly who served as a temporary Love Interest for the titular character.
  • Slammu of Street Sharks takes the form of a whale shark, as opposed to his brothers who transform into well-known shark species (great white, hammerhead, and tiger shark).
  • One episode of The Cleveland Show, "A Short Story and a Tall Tale", had a Komodo dragon named Cameron.
  • Babar and the Adventures of Badou has Munroe the African crested porcupine. Marabou storks also frequently show up in the series.
  • Sometimes the only point of an episode of Wild Kratts is showcasing little known animals — or little known facts about normal animals. We have seen caracals and fossa, and even the pigeon got a highlight in one episode when it was revealed that is one of only three types of bird to feed their young with milk (the other two being a specific sort of penguin and a specific sort of flamingo).
  • Sixty Four Zoo Lane has miplaced animals; Giggles and Tickles the Geoffroy's spider monkeys, Toby the Ornate box turtle, Green frogs, and Pauline the American white pelican. It has Aardvarks, anacondas, two-toed sloths, and a Grey-crowned crane.
  • The Animated Adaptation of Franklin had a one-shot magician character named Marten who was an anthropomorphic pine marten.
  • Gravity Falls featured purple finches, greater yellow-finches, white zebra finches, chickadees, mountain bluebirds, American white pelicans, pileated woodpeckers, turkey vultures, stilt sandpipers, Virginia opossums, American badgers and gopher snakes.
    • "The Legend of the Gobblewonker" showed 2 species of salmon: Chinook and Sockeye.
    • The dolphins seen in "The Deep End" appear to be spotted dolphins, as opposed to the commonly-seen bottlenose dolphins.
    • The dinosaur-themed "Land Before Swine" featured Ceratosaurus among the dinosaurs trapped in tree sap.
    • In "Society of the Blind Eye", Mermando was revealed to have been engaged to a manatee queen. Also, a protoceratopsid skeleton can be spotted in the museum.
    • A few Freeze-Frame Bonuses show that the main inhabitant of Grunkle Stan's aquarium is an Axolotl, which seems to be a particular favorite of creator Alex Hirsch.
  • The PBS adaption of The Berenstain Bears featured a blue jay, a paradise tanager (which had red wings as opposed to real-life black ones), and a leopard frog.
  • An episode of Teen Titans Go! had Beast Boy turning into a cuttlefish and a pangolin. There was also a brief reference of the mandrill. Another episode had him turn into a two-toed sloth.
  • The Clarence episode "In Dreams" shows Clarence dreaming about a mongoose. Another episode "Bird Boy Man" had Sumo taking in a roadrunner.
  • Taz-Mania featured a host of Australian and Tasmanian fauna, including bush rats, wallabies, dingoes, wombats, emus, the titular Tasmanian Devils, and even a Thylacine (Tasmanian Wolf). There's also the kiwi, which is native to New Zealand as opposed to Australia or Tasmania.
  • The Last Of The Curlews features Eskimo curlews and golden plovers.
  • An episode of the Harold and the Purple Crayon Animated Adaptation features a titanosaur as the main sauropod as well as Centrosaurus, Ouranosaurus (or Edaphosaurus), and what appears to be a prosauropod.
  • Wabbit: A Looney Tunes Production:
    • "Not Lyin' Lion" has Snorts, a naked mole rat. The same episode also showed a genet.
    • The villain of "Splashwater Bugs" is an elephant seal named Slugsworthy the First.
    • "Fwee Wange Wabbit" has a turkey vulture named Vera.
  • One episode of Miles From Tomorrowland features a tardigrade.
  • Many episodes of The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! are focused on animals and it sometimes covers some more unusual ones including the duck-billed platypus, booby birds, water striders, and, of course, the ever-rare hatted-cat.
  • BoJack Horseman takes place in a world populated by both humans and anthropomorphic animals. Obscure species can sometimes be seen.
    • One episode features an underwater city. In addition to well-known species like bottlenose dolphins and seahorses, there are blobfish, krill, anglerfish, a Pantropical spotted dolphin, and others.
  • CatDog has Lola, a whip-poor-will.
  • Creature Comforts:
    • The original 1989 short featured a South American cougar and a tarsier.
    • The cartoon series included an angler, blue pearl shrimp, pileated woodpeckers, pill bugs, walking stick insects, dung beetles, corgis, meerkats and tapirs.
  • The early 2000's Animated Adaptation of the German book series The Little Polar Bear features an Arctic hare who is one of the supporting characters in the series.
  • Among the species used for the hybridized animals of Avatar: The Last Airbender include lemurs, marmosets, mandrills, gemsboks, prairie dogs, marmots, lesser pandas, mongoose, meerkats, opposums, woodpeckers, pheasants, basilisks, Komodo dragons, flying fish, sooty copper butterfiles, and fritillaries.
  • Jungle Cubs featured geladas (referred to as baboons), a mongoose, Indian rhinos, a babirusa, dholes, Asiatic cheetahs, a pangolin, striped hyenas, mugger crocodiles, and four-horned antelopes.
  • Many of the animals explored on Wild Animal Baby Explorers are very rare. One installment, about flightless birds, includes footage of the kakapo, which has only 123 known adult individuals as of June 2016 and is considered critically endangered. Given that the show ended airing new episodes in 2012, it's very possible one or more of the animals seen on it is now extinct.
  • The Steven Universe episode "Love Letters" had a gem monster based on a tardigrade. Amethyst took the form of a blue jay in "Cat Fingers", and an actual one appears later in "Beach City Drift".
  • Stanley teaches a wide variety of issues that preschoolers face by featuring animals who deal with or explain said issues. Among the animals featured are Japanese macaques, X-ray fish, umbrellabirds, coral, and cedar waxwings.
  • Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated has Professor Pericles, an African grey parrot.
  • In Sarah & Duck, the former titular character is known to have a soft spot for sea cows aka manatees. A blobfish and an ocean sunfish appear in one episode, and another is dedicated to the basking shark.
  • One episode of The Angry Beavers has Daggett becoming the foster father for a baby mongoose.
  • In Star vs. the Forces of Evil, one of Star's spells involves summoning narwhals.

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  • Walking with Dinosaurs and its continuations have several hundred tons of these.
    • The original WWD featured Coelophysis, Postosuchus, Placerias, Thrinaxodon, Peteinosaurus, Ornitholestes, Anurognathus, Dryosaurus, Ophthalmosaurus, Liopleurodon, Eustreptospondylus, Cryptoclidus, Hybodus, Perisphinctes, Tropeognathus (referred to as Ornithocheirus), Utahraptor, Tapejara (referred to as Tupandactylus), Polacanthus, Iberomesornis, Leaellynasaura, Muttaburasaurus, Koolasuchus, coatimundis, Torosaurus, Dromaeosaurus, Didelphodon, Deinosuchus, and Dinilysia.
    • The Ballad of Big Al had Dryosaurus, Ornitholestes, Anurognathus, and Othnielia.
    • Walking With Beasts has Leptictidium, Gastornis, Ambulocetus, Propalaeotherium, Godinotia, Titanomyrmia, Basilosaurus, Andrewsarchus, Embolotherium, Dorudon, Moeritherium, Apidium, Physogaleus, Paraceratherium, Hyaenodon, Chalicotherium, Cynodictis, Australopithecus, Dinofelis, Ancylotherium, Deinotherium, Macrauchenia, Megatherium, Phorusrhacos, Doedicurus, Megaloceros, woolly rhinos, and European lions.
    • The Lost World has Epanterias, Hypsilophodon, entelodonts, and Java man.
    • Chased by Dinosaurs has Argentinosaurus, Sarcosuchus, Giganotosaurus, Ornithocheirus, Macrogryphosaurus, Saurolophus, Mononykus, Tarbosaurus, Therizinosaurus, and Azdarcho.
    • Sea Monsters has Cameroceras, Megalograspis, Astraspis, Isotelus, Peteinosaurus, Nothosaurus, Tanystropheus, Cymbospondylus, Liliensternus, Bothriolepis, Stethacanthus, Dunkleosteus, Arsinoitherium, Dorudon, Basilosaurus, Odobenocetops, Cetotherium, Leedsichthys, Metriorhynchus, Hybodus, Liopleurodon, Hesperornis, Squalicorax, Xiphactinus, Halisaurus, Archelon, and Tylosaurus.
    • Walking with Cavemen has Australopithecus, Ancylotherium, Deinotherium, Paranthropus, Homo habilis, Dinofelis, Deinotherium, Ancylotherium, Homo rudolfensis, Homo ergaster, Homo erectus, Gigantopithecus, Homo heidelbergensis, and Megaloceros.
    • Walking With Monsters has trilobites, Anomalocaris, Haikouichthys, Cephalaspis, Brontoscorpio, Pterygotus, Cameroceras, sponges, sea urchins, Hynerpeton, Hyneria, Stethacanthus, Mesothelae, Petrolacosaurus, Meganeura, Arthropleura, Proterogyrinus, Edaphosaurus, Seymouria, Gorgonops, Diictodon, Rhinesuchus, Scutosaurus, Lystrosaurus, Euparkeria, Proterosuchus, and Euchambersia.
    • The Arena Spectacular has Liliensternus, Ornithocheirus, Plateosaurus, Torosaurus, and Utahraptor.
    • Prehistoric Park has Nyctosaurus, cave bears, Elasmotherium, cave hyenas, Borealosaurus, Eosipterus, Incisivosaurus, Mei long, Phorusrhacos, Toxodon, Arthropleura, Crassigyrinus, Meganeura, Pulmonoscorpius, Albertosaurus, and Deinosuchus.
    • The 3D film has Pachyrhinosaurus, Alexornis, Gorgosaurus, Edmontonia, Chirostenotes, Parksosaurus, Hesperonychus, and Alphadon.
  • Weird n' Wild Creatures, a series of children's fact & trading cards that originally ran from 2003-2006, loved this trope. Gigantophis, Dapedium, Budgett's frogs, genets, hooded pitohuis, hellbenders, predatory tunicates, stoplight loosejaws, toe-biters, red-backed shrikes, pichiciegos, Javan wart snakes… and that's not even scratching the surface. This even extended to the series' coverage of mythical creatures; while not species in the literal sense, it included several beasts (Baital, Gargantua, Mngwa, the Thetis Lake monster, etc.) that are rarely acknowledged in fiction.
  • The mascots for the Sydney 2000 Olympics were a kookaburra, echidna and platypus — chosen in part to provide a Land, Sea, Sky combination and in part because Australian organisers thought kangaroos and koalas were overused.
  • The mascot for the NHL's Vegas Golden Knights is Chance, a gila monster.


Alternative Title(s): Lesser Seen Species

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