Animals, like human beings, hold ‘world records’ like longest, largest, heaviest and many other titles. Here’s a list of animals that hold record titles.
1. Longest Goldfish
Common goldfish usually don’t reach more than one foot long but there is one goldfish from the Netherlands that grew so long. This amazingly long giant goldfish is 18.7 inches long or 47.4 centimeters from snout to tail fin. The record was set in March 2003.
2. Tallest Dog
The dog that holds the title of being the longest or tallest is a Harlequin Great Danes named Gibson from California, USA. Gibson stood 7 feet 1 inch or 2.2 m tall on his hind legs, 3 1/2 ft or 107 cm at the withers, and weighed 180 pounds (82 kg).
3. Longest Animal
Whales could be the first animal that comes to mind when we speak of the longest animal in the world. Well, your guess is not good as mine. The title of the ‘world’s longest animal’ belongs to – Bootlace Worm or Lineus Longissimus. It is the world longest animal ever found which washed upon the shore of Scotland in the late 1800’s. It is better known as the Ribbon Worm, it measure 180 feet in length. It is longer than the longest Dinosaur and the Blue Whale.
4. Longest Goat’s Horn
The domestic goat with the world’s longest horn is Uncle Sam. Its horns measured 132 cm or 52 inches long from tip to tip. The owners are from Pennsylvania, USA.
5. Longest Fish
Whales are not fish, they are mammals. The title for the ‘longest and largest fish in the world goes to the Whale Shark (Rhincodon typus). The longest on record measured 41.5 ft long. The heaviest Whale Shark on record weighed The heaviest weighed more than 36 tonnes or 79,000 lb.
6. Largest Clam/Bivalve Mollusk
The Giant Clam or Tridacna Gigas and traditionally pa’ua is the largest living bivalve mollusk and can be found in the South Pacific and Indian oceans and can also be found in the Philippines. It can weigh more than 200 kilograms or 440 pounds, measure as much as 1.2 meters or 4 feet across, and have an average lifespan in the wild of 100 years or more.
7. Longest Crab/Arthropod
The longest crab and largest known arthropod is the Japanese Spider Crab (Macrocheira kaempferi). It can reach a leg span of almost 4 m or 13 ft, a body size of up to 37 cm or 15 inches and a weight of up to 20 kg or 44 lb. It can be found on the bottom of the Pacific Ocean (some 300 to 400 m deep) around Japan. It is believed to have a life expectancy of up to 100 years.
8. Longest Crocodile/Reptile
The Largest of all reptiles is the Saltwater or Estuarine Crocodile (Crocodylus porosus). This large crocodile is found in Southeast Asia, Northern Australia and nearby areas. Guinness has accepted a claim of a 7.5 meters or 25 ft male saltwater crocodile, with an estimated weight of 2,000 kilograms or 4,400 lb, living within Bhitarkanika Park in the state of Orissa, India.
9. Longest Domestic Cat
One of the largest breeds of cat is Maine Coon. The title of the longest domestic cat goes to Leo, short for Verismo Leonetti Reserve Red from Chicago, Illinois in the US. This cat is a male purebred Maine Coon the ‘Longest Cat’ and measures 48 in or 120 cm in length, from the tip of his nose to the tip of his tail, and weighs 35 lb or 16 kg.
10. Longest Insect
The world’s longest insect is Phobaeticus chani or Chan’s Megastick, a species of stick insect. A specimen is held in the Natural History Museum in London with a measurement of 567 millimeters or 22.3 inches with the front legs fully extended. The body still measures an impressive 357 millimeters or 14.1 inches.
11. Longest Living Insect
Termites are sometimes called ‘white ants’, though they are not closely related to true ants. The longest living known insect is the termite queen which is known to live 50 up to 100 years.
12. Most Lethal Jellyfish
One of the most dangerous animals in the world is Chironex fleckeri. It is commonly called Box Jellyfish. It is the most lethal jellyfish in the world, found in northern Australia’s coastal waters. The amount of venom in one animal is enough to kill 60 adult humans
13. Largest Jellyfish
The largest jellyfish in the world is the Lion’s Mane Jellyfish (Cyanea capillata). It is also one of the longest known animals. The largest recorded specimen was found washed up on the shore of Massachusetts Bay in 1870 which had a bell (body) with a diameter of 2.3 m or 7 feet 6 inches and the tentacles reached 36.5 m or 120 feet. This specimen was longer than a Blue Whale.
14. Largest Dinosaur
Argentinosaurus is the largest known dinosaur and is estimated to have weighed up to 90 metric tons or 99 short tons. It was first discovered in Argentina and believed to have lived on the -then – island continent of South America around 96 to 94 million years ago, during the mid Cretaceous Period.
15. Largest Animal
The largest animal ever known to have lived is the Blue Whale (Balaenoptera musculus). It is a marine mammal that can reach up to 32.9 meters or 108 ft in length and 172 metric tons or 190 short tons or more in weight.
- Its tongue weighs around 2.7 metric tons.
- Its mouth when fully expanded is large enough to hold up to 90 metric tons of food and water.
- It can only swallow object as large as beach ball.
- Its heart weighs 600 kilograms or 1,300 lb which is about the size of a small car, is the largest known in any animal.
- A human baby can crawl on its aorta which is about 23 cm or 9.1 inches in diameter.
- On its first seven months of its life, a Blue Whale calf drinks approximately 400 liters (100 U.S. gallons) of milk every day.
- Blue Whale calves gain weight quickly, as much as 90 kilograms or 200 lb every 24 hours.
- At birth, it weigh up to 2,700 kilograms (6,000 lb)—the same as a fully grown hippopotamus.
16. Largest Lizard
The largest species of monitor lizard is the Varanus salvadorii. This species was first described in 1878 and can be found in New Guinea. It is believed to be one of the longest lizards in the world, reaching up to 244 cm or 8.0 feet.
17. Longest Migration
Animals that are known to migrate the longest are Humpback Whales. They typically migrate up to 25,000 kilometers each year. They feed only in summer, in polar waters, and migrate to tropical or sub-tropical waters to breed and give birth in the winter.
18. Longest Millipedes
The largest millipede is Chongololo. It is scientifically called Archispirostreptus gigas. It is also commonly known as Giant African Millipede. It can grow up to 11.2 inches or 28 cm in length. It lives in tropical and subtropical Africa, in rotting plant life or moist earth, and usually avoids light. It is black in color, and is often kept as a pet. The longest Giant African Millipede on record measured 38.7 cm or 15.2 inches long.
19. Largest Squid/Invertebrate
The largest known Colossal Squid was captured in New Zealand on February 22, 2007. This specimen weighed 495 kg or 1,091 lb and was initially estimated to measure 10 m or 33 ft in total length. The Colossal Squid (Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni) is sometimes called the Antarctic or Giant Cranch Squid. It is believed to be the largest squid species. It is also considered the largest known invertebrate.
20. Longest Parasite
Beef tapeworm (Taenia saginata) can grow up to 40 feet long or 12 meters while other species may grow to over 100 feet or 30 meters. It is a parasite of both cattle and humans. It is relatively common Latin America, Philippines, Eastern Asia and Africa.
The longest tapeworm ever removed from a human came out of Sally Mae Wallace in 1991 and measured 37 ft long. It is comparatively short compared to tapeworms in Whales which can grow up to 120 ft long.
21. Longest Snake/Reptile
The largest snake is the Green Anaconda but the longest is the Reticulated Python. It is also the longest reptile in the world. The world record belongs to a specimen caught in Indonesia in 1912 and has a total length of 32 ft 9.5 inches.
22. Longest Rabbit Ears
The largest rabbit is the Flemish Giant, a popular breed of domestic rabbit, most famous for its large size compared to other rabbits. The rabbit with the longest ears is Nipper’s Geronimo, an English Lop Rabbit. Its ears measured 79 cm or 31.125 inches in a complete span. The record was set on November 1, 2003 at the American Rabbit Breeders Association National Show in Wichita, Kansas in the US. These are recorded as the largest measured ear-span of a rabbit and a Guinness World Record.
23. Largest Bat
The largest bat in the world is the Giant Golden-crowned Flying-fox (Acerodon jubatus). It is also known as the Golden-capped Fruit Bat. It is a rare fruit bat and is considered an endangered species. This bat can only be found in the Philippines.
24. Largest Spider
The largest spider has up to a 10 inch or 25.4 cm leg span and can weigh over 120 grams or 4.2 ounces. It is commonly known as the Goliath Bird-eating Spider or Goliath Birdeater (Theraphosa blond). It is an arachnid belonging to the tarantula family and is considered to be the largest spider (by leg-span) in the world. The spider was named by explorers who witnessed one eating a hummingbird.
25. Largest Land-living Arthropod
The world’s largest land-living arthropod is the Coconut Crab or Robber Crab (Birgus latro). The species inhabits the coastal forest regions of many Indo-Pacific islands. It is also the largest land invertebrate and measures up to 40 cm or 1.3 ft long and weigh up to 4 kg or 8.8 lb. Its legs may span 1 m or 3.25 ft. Other names include Terrestrial Hermit Crab and Palm Thief.