Fascinating Animals

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Wild Animal Families

In every order, there are different families of animals which all have very similar features. The Carnivora order breaks into families that include Felidae (Cats), Canidae (Dogs), Ursidae (Bears), and Mustelidae (Weasels). We will be featuring several dozen. If you can't find the one you are looking for, please let us know or if you know of a family that is not listed, please visit our HOME page and fill out the "Contact Us" form.


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Family Name
Family Members
Acaridae
The family consisting of mites.
Adapidae
Extinct small mostly diurnal lower primates that fed on leaves and fruit.
Agamidae
A family  of over 300 species of iguanian lizards indigenous to Africa, Asia Australia, and a few in Southern Europe Many species are commonly called dragons or dragon lizards
Agonidae
The poachers are a family (Agonidae) of small, bottom-dwelling, cold-water marine fish. They are also known as alligatorfish, starsnouts, hooknoses, and rockheads.
Akeridae
family comprising the bubble shells, such as  sea snails and marine gastropod molluscs.
Anatidae
The Anatidae are the biological family of birds that includes ducks, geese and swans.
Anguidae
The name of a large and diverse family of lizards native to the Northern Hemisphere. The group includes the slowworms, glass lizards, and alligator lizards among others.
Aniliidae
A family of snakes, such as the American pipe snake and the false coral snake, found in South America.
Apodidae
The swifts are a family, apodidae, of highly aerial birds.
Aradidae
The family of flat bugs or bark bugs.
Ardeidae
The family ardeidae include  herons, egrets, bitterns, and night herons. 
Asilidae
The robber fly family, also called  assassin flies.
Boidae  
family of nonvenomous snakes found in America, Africa, Europe, Asia, and some Pacific Islands.
Bombidae  
A family of medium to very large robust usually black and yellow hairy bees comprising the bumblebees now often included with honeybees and related bees.
Bothidae
A family of lefteye flounders.
Bramidae
A family pomfrets, which are perciform fish.
Bullidae
A family of gastropod mollusks, including a number of typical bubble shells.
Buthidae  
The largest family of scorpions, consisting of over 800 species
Caecidae
A taxonomic family of very small and minute sea snails or micromolluscs, marine gastropod molluscs.
Canidae  
A family of canids, including wolves, foxes, jackals, dingoes and many other extantand extinct dog-like mammals.  
Capridae
A family of Artiodactyla comprising the sheep, goats, and related forms.
Capsidae
A family comprising the leaf bugs.
Caviidae 
a family of rodents native to South America, including the domestic guinea pig, wild cavies, and the capybara, among other animals.
Cervidae
A family of deer including the reindeer, moose, elks, muntjacs, and roe deer. 
Cestidae
A family of invertebrates,  having a greatly flattened and elongated body.
chanidae  
A family of rather large brilliant silvery toothless fish related to the herrings and including among recent forms only a milkfish
Cixiidae
A family of fulgoroid insects, one of many families commonly known as planthoppers, distributed worldwide and comprising more than 2,000 species.
Cleridae
A family of beetles that prey on other insects.
Clinidae  
A family of viviparous blennies of temperate and tropical seas.   
Coccidae  
a family of scale insects,  they are commonly known as soft scales, wax scales or tortoise scales.
Coliidae
A family of mousebirds.
Coreidae
A family containing the squash bugs and leaf-footed bugs.
Corvidae  
A cosmopolitan family of oscine passerine birds that contains the crows, ravens, rooks, jackdaws, jays, magpies, treepies, choughs, and nutcrackers.
Cossidae
family of mostly large miller moths, consisting of  700 known species.
Cottidae
A family of fish including the sculpins.
Cracidae
A family of chachalacas, guans and curassows.
Cydnidae  
A family of shield bugs, known by common names, including burrowing bugs or burrower bugs.
Cyrtidae
A family of two-winged flies with small head and greatly enlarged convex thorax whose larvae are parasitic on spiders.
Danaidae
A small family of usually tropical butterflies, including the monarch butterflies.  
Dexiidae
A family of muscoid flies that are closely related to the tachina fly and have larvae which are parasitic in insects and other small arthropods.
Elapidae
A family of snakes including the cobras, kraits, mambas, the New World coral snakes, and Australian taipan and tiger snakes. 
Emydidae  
A family of pond turtles or marsh turtles.
Esocidae  
A family of pikes.
Estridae
A family of  dipterous insects, some of which are particularly troublesome to domestic animals, as the horse, ox, and sheep, on which they deposit their eggs.
 
Felidae  
The family of cats.
Gerridae
A family of insects, commonly known as water striders, water bugs, pond skaters, water skippers, or jesus bugs.
Gliridae
A medium-sized family of Old World rodents.  
Gobiidae
A family of fish comprising the gobies.
Harpidae  
Common name the harp snails, is a taxonomic family of large predatory sea snails, marine gastropod mollusks.
Indriidae  
A family of primates. They are medium- to large-sized lemurs with only four teeth in the toothcomb instead of the usual six. Indriids, like all lemurs, live exclusively on the island of Madagascar.
 
Ixodidae
A family of ticks containing the hard ticks.
Jassidae   
A family of small leafhoppers.
Labridae  
The wrasses are a family, Labridae, of marine fish, many of which are brightly colored. The family is large and diverse, with over 600 species.
Lamnidae
The family of mackerel or white sharks. They are large, fast-swimming sharks, found in oceans worldwide.
Laniidae
A family of shrikes, composed of 31 species.
Larridae
A family of stocky medium-sized large-eyed digger wasps that nest in sandy soil.

Latridae
A family (about 5 species) of perciform fish known as the Trumpeters.
Lyctidae  
A family of small beetles
Maenidae
A small family of slender percoid marine fish including the picarels.
Mantidae
A family of insects, including the mantises.
Meloidae  
A family of insects comprising the blister beetles.
Mitridae
taxonomic family of sea snails, widely distributed marine gastropod molluscs in the clade Neogastropoda.
Mullidae
A family of goatfish.  The family is also sometimes referred to as the red mullets.
Muscidae
A family of two-winged flies, such as the housefly.
Mussidae  
A family of stony coral.  Brain coral is a common name for this family.
 
A family of carnivorous mammals, including the otter, badger, weasel, marten, ferret, mink and wolverine.
Myacidae
A family of soft-shell clams.
Mydaidae
A cosmopolitan family of flies. It is a small family, with about 471 species.  They are generally large in size.
Naididae
A family of clitellate oligochaete worms, like the sludge worm,
Nandidae
Also known as Asian leaffish, are small freshwater fish mostly native to south Asia, though with two species confined to Africa.
Neididae
family of long-legged slender-bodied bugs with elbowed antennae of which the first joint is long and clubbed and the last is spindle-shaped. 
Nereididae
A family of polychaete worms. It contains about 500 – mostly marine – species.
Nomeidae
A family of perciform fish (driftfish) found in tropical and subtropical waters throughout the world. The family includes about 16 species.
Odacidae
A small family of fish in the order Perciformes, commonly known as cales, and weed whitings. They are related to the much larger families of the wrasses and parrotfish.
Olividae
Family of shells that tend to be cylindrical, smooth, shiny, and variously patterned with numberous find wrinkles.
Otididae
A family of birds related to the cranes, most of which are large and ground-running, and comprising the bustards.
Otitidae
A family of acalyptrate flies that includes numerous robust flies usually with spotted or banded wings, frequently with metallic colors, and with larvae which usually feed on decaying vegetable matter.
Peneidae  
Family of tropical prawns.
Percidae
A family of perciform fish found in fresh and brackish waters of the Northern Hemisphere.
Perlidae
A family of stoneflies, with a total of 84 species.
Phocidae 
A family of true seals.
Phoridae
family of small, hump-backed flies resembling fruit flies.
Physidae 
A common name the bladder snails, is a monophyletic taxonomic family of small air-breathing freshwater snails.
Pieridae
A large family of butterflies containing about 1,100 species.
Pinnidae
A taxonomic family of large saltwater clams sometimes known as pen shells.
Pipridae
A clade of unique small suboscine passerine birds. The group contains some 60 species distributed through the American tropics.
PIttidae
A family of passerine birds mainly found in tropical Asia and Australasia, although a couple of species live in Africa.
Pongidae
A family of  obsolete primate taxon containing the gorillas, chimpanzees, and orangutans. They are sometimes called "great apes."
Psocidae 
A family of insects, the booklice.
Ptinidae
A family of spider beetles. There are approximately 500 species.
Rallidae
A large cosmopolitan family of small- to medium-sized ground-living birds. The family exhibits considerable diversity and also includes the crakes, coots, and gallinules
Raphidae  
A clade of extinct flightless birds formerly called didines or didine birds.[c] They inhabited the Mascarene Islands of Mauritius and Rodrigues.
Saldidae  
Also known as shore bugs, are a family of insects.
Scaridae
Parrotfish are a large group of marine species inhabiting shallow coastal waters in tropical and subtropical oceans throughout the world. Their largest species richness in the Indo-Pacific.
Sepiidae  
A family of cephalopods.
Sepsidae
A family of flies, commonly called the black scavenger flies or ensign flies. Over 300 species are described worldwide. They are usually found around dung or decaying plant and animal material.
Sesiidae
The Sesiidae or clearwing moths are a family of the Lepidoptera in most species of which the wings partially have hardly any of the normal lepidopteran scales, leaving them transparent.
Sialidae
Alderflies, which are closely  related to the dobsonflies and fishflies.
Simuliidae
A black fly,  over 1,800 species of black flies are known.
Sittidae  
Nuthatches, characterised by large heads, short tails, and powerful bills and feet, nuthatches advertise their territory using loud, simple songs.
Soleidae  
The true soles are a family of flatfishes. It includes saltwater and brackish water species in the East Atlantic, Indian Ocean, and West and Central Pacific Ocean.
Sparidae
A family of fish in the order Perciformes, commonly called sea breams and porgies. The sheepshead, scup, and red seabream are species in this family.
Stizidae
A family of sphecoid wasps that includes the cicada killer.
Talpidae 
This family  includes the moles, shrew moles, desmans, and other intermediate forms of small insectivorous mammals of the order Soricomorpha.
Tineidae
A family of moths in the order Lepidoptera. Collectively, they are known as fungus moths or tineid moths. The family contains considerably more than 3,000 species.
Tingidae
A family of very small insects in the order Hemiptera that are commonly referred to as lace bugs. This group is distributed worldwide with about 2,000 described species.
Tonnidae
A family of medium-sized to very large sea snails, known as the tun shells.
Turdidae
Thrushes make up the Turdidae, a family of passerine birds that occurs worldwide.
Turridae
Turrid, plural turrids, is a common name for a very large group of predatory sea snails, marine gastropod mollusks which until recently were all classified in the family Turridae.
Umbridae
A family of ray-finned fish that inhabit freshwater environments in temperate regions across the Northern Hemisphere.
Veliidae
A family of predatory insects.  They are commonly known as riffle bugs, smaller water striders or broad-shouldered water striders because the segment immediately behind the head is wider than the rest of the abdomen.
Vespidae
A large, diverse, cosmopolitan family of wasps, including nearly all the known eusocial wasps and many solitary wasps.