Picture of a lion, which starts with the letter l

Animals That Start With L (Full List)

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There are a variety of animals that start with the letter l, including mammals, birds, reptiles, fish, and more.

A few of the better know and more popular animals that begin with l include:

Check out our comprehensive list of animals that begin with the letter l below.

Mammals that Start with L

  • Labahoula (Canis lupus familiaris)
  • Labmaraner (Canis lupus familiaris)
  • Labradane (Canis lupus familiaris)
  • Labradoodle (Canis lupus familiaris)
  • Labrador Retriever (Canis lupus familiaris)
  • Labraheeler (Canis lupus familiaris)
  • Lakeland Terrier (Canis lupus familiaris)
  • LaMancha Goat Capra aegagrus hircus)
  • Lancashire Heeler (Canis lupus familiaris)
  • Lapponian Herder (Canis lupus familiaris)
  • Lemming (Lemmini spp.)
  • Lemur (Lemuroidea spp.)
  • Leonberger (Canis lupus familiaris)
  • Leopard (Panthera pardus)
  • Leopard Cat (Prionailurus bengalensis)
  • Leopard Seal (Hydrurga leptonyx)
  • Lhasa Apso (Canis lupus familiaris)
  • Lhasapoo (Canis lupus familiaris)
  • Liger (Panthera leo x Panthera tigris)
  • Lion (Panthera leo) 
  • Little Brown Bat (Myotis lucifugus)
  • Livyatan (Livyatan melvillei) (Extinct)
  • Llama (Lama glama)
  • Long-Haired Rottweiler (Canis lupus familiaris)
  • Lowchen (Canis lupus familiaris)
  • Lynx (Lynx spp.)

Birds that Start with L

  • Leaflove (Atimastillas flavicollis)
  • Lesser short-toed lark (Calandrella rufescens)
  • Lilac-throated roller (Coracias caudatus)
  • Limestone wren-babbler (Napothera crispifrons)
  • Lineated woodcreeper (Lepidocolaptes albolineatus)
  • Little shrikethrush (Colluricincla megarhyncha)
  • Long-tailed antbird (Drymophila caudata)

Reptiles that Start with L

  • Lazarus Lizard (Podarcis muralis)
  • Leatherback Sea Turtle (Dermochelys coriacea)
  • Leopard Tortoise (Stigmochelys pardalis) 

Amphibians That Start with L

  • Leopard Tree Frog (Hypsiboas pardalis)
  • Long-toed Salamander (Ambystoma macrodactylum)
  • Lowland Leopard Frog (Lithobates yavapaiensis)
  • Little Grass Frog (Pseudacris ocularis)
  • Lesser Siren (Siren intermedia) 
  • Long-tailed Salamander (Eurycea longicauda)
  • Luristan Newt (Neurergus kaiseri)

Fish That Start with L

  • Labyrinth Fish (Trichogaster lalius)
  • Lace Catfish (Synodontis nigrita)
  • Ladder Loach (Botia rostrata)
  • Lake Chub (Couesius plumbeus)
  • Lake Chubsucker (Erimyzon sucetta)
  • Lake Kutubu Rainbowfish (Melanotaenia lacustris)
  • Lake Tebera Rainbowfish (Melanotaenia herbertaxelrodi)
  • Lake Trout (Salvelinus namaycush)
  • Lake Whitefish (Coregonus clupeaformis)
  • Lamprey (Lampetra fluviatilis)
  • Lanceolate Whiptail Catfish (Rineloricaria lanceolata)
  • Lapradei Nile Bichir (Polypterus bichir lapradei)
  • Large-Scaled Barb (Acrossocheilus sumatranus)
  • Largemouth Bass (Micropterus salmoides)
  • Largemouth Buffalo (Ictiobus cyprinellus)
  • Laticeps Stingray (Potamotrygon laticeps)
  • Laulao Catfish (Brachyplatystoma vaillanti)
  • Le Conte’s Loach (Botia lecontei)
  • Leeri Gourami (Trichogaster leeri)
  • Leleupi (Neolamprologus leleupi)
  • Lemon Algae Eater (Gyrinocheilus aymonieri)
  • Lemon Fin Barb (Barbus daruphani)
  • Lemon Tetra (Hyphessobrycon pulchripinnis)
  • Lenok (Brachymystax lenok)
  • Leopard Ctenopoma (Ctenopoma acutirostre)
  • Leopard Danio (Brachydanio rerio “frankei”)
  • Leopold’s Angelfish (Pterophyllum leopoldi)
  • Leporinus (Leporinus fasciatus)
  • Leptosoma Cichlid (Cyprichromis leptosoma)
  • Lesser Bleeding Heart Tetra (Hyphessobrycon socolofi)
  • Letourneaux’s Jewel Cichlid (Hemichromis letourneauxi)
  • Licorice Gourami (Parosphromenus deissneri)
  • Lifalili Jewel Cichlid (Hemichromis lifalili)
  • Limia (Limia perugiae)
  • Linam’s Pimelodella (Pimelodella linami)
  • Linke’s Dwarf Cichlid (Apistogramma linkei)
  • Lionhead Cichlid (Steatocranus casuarius)
  • Liver Catfish (Heteropneustes fossilis)
  • Livingstoni (Nimbochromis livingstonii)
  • Loach (Pangio longimanus)
  • Loach Catfish (Amphilius grandis)
  • Long-Finned Pike (Dinolestes lewini)
  • Longfin (Plesiops coeruleolineatus)
  • Longfin Dragonfish (Tactostoma macropus)
  • Longfin Escolar (Scombrolabrax heterolepis)
  • Longjaw Mudsucker (Gillichthys mirabilis)
  • Longneck Eel (Derichthys serpentinus)
  • Longnose Chimaera (Harriotta raleighana)
  • Longnose Lancetfish (Alepisaurus ferox)
  • Loosejaw (Astronesthes niger)
  • Louvar (Luvaris imperialis)
  • Luderick (Girella tricuspidata)
  • Luminous Hake (Steindachneria argentea)
  • Lumpsucker (Cyclopterus lumpus)
  • Longnose Whiptail Catfish (Sturisoma barbatum)
  • Lost River Sucker (Deltistes luxatus)
  • Loweye Catfish (Pseudoplatystoma tigrinum)
  • Lungfish (Neoceratodus forsteri)
  • Lyretail Killifish (Cape Lopez Lyretail Killifish)
  • Lyretail Lamprologus (Neolamprologus brichardi)

Bugs That Start with L

  • Lacewings (Neuroptera spp.)
  • Leafhoppers (Cicadellidae spp.)
  • Leaf Insects (Phylliidae spp.)
  • Lepidoptera (Group of butterflies and moths)
  • Lice (Phthiraptera spp.)
  • Locusts (Acrididae spp.)

Learn more about the animals that begin with other letters in our series of posts on the subject:

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