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Index (Alphabetical)

  • Abyssal Ghostshark, see Hydrolagus trolli 
  • Acerodon jubatus (Common Names: Giant Golden-Crowned Flying Fox, Golden-Capped Fruit Bat) 
  • African Lungfish, see Protopterus annectens
  • Ajaja ajaja, AKA Platalea ajaja (Common Name: Roseate spoonbill)
  • Amphibian chytrid fungus, see Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis
  • Ankylosaurus magniventris
  • Banded Sea Krait, see Laticauda colubrina
  • Basking Shark, see Cetorhinus maximus
  • Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Common name: amphibian chytrid fungus)
  • Boulengerula taitana (Common Name: Taita African Caecilian)
  • Cetorhinus maximus (Common Name: Basking Shark)
  • Colubrine Sea Krait, see Laticauda colubrina
  • Common Ostrich, see Struthio camelus
  • Corpse Plant, see Monotropa uniflora
  • Crab eating frog, see Fejervarya cancrivora
  • Crocodylus porosus (Common Name: Saltwater Crocodile)
  • Dasykaluta rosamondae (Common Names: kaluta, little red kaluta)
  • Eremochelys imbricata (Common Name: hawksbill sea turtle)
  • European Stag Beetle see Lucanus cervus
  • Fejervarya cancrivora (Common Names: Crab Eating Frog, Mangrove Frog; formerly called Rana cancrivora)
  • Ghost Pipe, see Monotropa uniflora
  • Ghost Plant, see Monotropa uniflora
  • Giant Golden-Crowned Flying Fox, see Acerodon jubatus
  • Giraffa camelopardis (Common Name: Giraffe)
  • Giraffe, see Giraffa camelopardis
  • Golden-capped Fruit Bat, see Acerodon jubatus
  • Hawksbill Sea Turtle, see Eretmochelys imbricata
  • Hydrolagus trolli (Common Names: pointy-nosed blue chimaera, pointy-nosed blue ratfish, Ray Troll's chimaera, abyssal ghostshark)
  • Indian Pipe, see Monotropa uniflora
  • Kaluta, see Dasykaluta rosamondae
  • Killer whale, see Orcinus orca
  • Laticauda colubrina (Common Names: Banded Sea Krait, Colubrine Sea Krait, Yellow-lipped Sea Krait)
  • Little red kaluta, see Dasykaluta rosamondae
  • Lucanus cervus (Common Name: European Stag Beetle)
  • Mangrove frog, see Fejervarya cancrivora
  • Monotropa uniflora (Common Names: Corpse Plant, Ghost Pipe, Ghost Plant, Indian Pipe)
  • Orca, see Orcinus orca
  • Orcinus orca (Common Names: Killer Whale, Orca)
  • Ostrich, see Struthio camelus
  • Platalea ajaja, see Ajaja ajaja
  • Pointy-nosed blue chimaera, see Hydrolagus trolli
  • Pointy-nosed blue ratfish, see Hydrolagus trolli
  • Protopterus annectens (Common Names: African Lungfish, Tana Lungfish, West African Lungfish)
  • Rana cancrivora, see Fejervarya cancrivora
  • Ray Troll's chimaera, see Hydrolagus trolli
  • Roseate spoonbill, see Ajaja ajaja
  • Saltwater Crocodile, see Crocodylus porosus
  • Struthio camelus (Common Name: Ostrich)
  • Taita African Caecilian, see Boulengerula taitana
  • Tana Lungfish, see Protopterus annectens
  • West African Lungfish, see Protopterus annectens
  • Yellow-lipped Sea Krait, see Laticauda colubrina


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