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Animals that Start with Q (Full List)

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If you have ever played scrabble, you know there is a shortage of words that start with the letter “Q”. The animal kingdom also has very few animals with “Q” as the first letter of their names. Even though there are comparatively fewer animals with names starting with this letter, there are still a few more than you may expect.  

So, what animal starts with “Q”? There may not be as many animals with “Q” as the first letter. However, there are some animals with “Q” as the first initial. Read on to discover animals that start with “Q.”

Mammals

A few key features unite this group, including vertebrae and mammary glands. The animals on this list are some of the few united by the letter “Q.” Some animals are extinct. However, the extant members of this group cover several types of mammals. 

  • Qinling Panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca qinlingensis)
  • Quagga (Equus quagga quagga) (Extinct)
  • Quaira Spiny Rat (Proechimys guairae)
  • Quechuan Hocicudo (Oxymycterus hucucha) 
  • Queen of Sheba’s Gazelle (Gazella bilkis) (Extinct)
  • Quokka (Setonix brachyurus)
  • Quoll (Dasyurus spp.)
  • Queensland Tube-Nosed Bat (Nyctimene robinsoni)

Birds

Birds with the letter “Q” at the start of their name range from colorful to bland, and range significantly in size. With such a unique letter as the start of their name, it is no surprise that each bird on this list is distinctive.  

  • Quail (Coturnix coturnix)
  • Quaker parakeet (Myiopsitta monachus)
  • Quelea (Quelea spp.)
  • Quetzal (Pharomachrus mocinno)

Reptiles

There are a decent number of reptiles with the letter “Q” as their first initial. Often that letter comes from describing where that creature originates. For example, there is a legless lizard from Queensland, Australia, and a lizard and rattlesnake, originating in Queretaro, Mexico. One of the animals on this list has “Q” as the first letter of its scientific name. 

  • Quedenfeldtia moerens (Atlas day gecko)
  • Queen Snake (Regina septemvittata)
  • Queensland Legless Lizard (Paradelma orientalis)
  • Queretaran Dusky Rattlesnake (Crotalus Aquilus) 
  • Queretaran Spiny Lizard (Antromysis cenotensis)

Amphibians

The world of amphibians is one with a big shortage of the letter “Q.” The main animal with “Q” as its first initial is the Quacking frog. This Australian frog is known for its call, which is similar to a duck’s quack.  

  • Quacking frog (Crinia georgiana)

Fish

Many fish with “Q” as their first initial are known as such because they are queens or from Queensland. From the Angelfish to Snapper to Triggerfish, several queens are swimming through the water. There is also the Quahog, which is not technically a fish since it is a bivalve mollusk.   

  • Quahog (Mercenaria mercenaria)
  • Queen Angelfish (Holacanthus ciliaris)
  • Queen Snapper (Etelis oculatus)
  • Queen Triggerfish (Balistes vetula)
  • Queensland Grouper (Epinephelus lanceolatus)

Insects

When it comes to insects, more queens abound. It is vital to understand that a queen bee is not a species of bee. It is a role that a bee fulfills to sustain a hive.  Nonetheless, these buzz-worthy ladies deserve a spot on the list.

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

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