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Sometimes fantasy worlds aren’t just about ferocious mythical creatures, you also need some regular animals to populate your world! Check out some of these naming suggestions for species you can use in your games.

Good Species Names

Good Species Names are always descriptive, they need to tell you what kind of animal it is, and what its distinguishing features are.

  • Mahogany Ewe
  • Vervet Tuatara
  • Single-Horned Manatee
  • Blonde Katydid
  • Pearl-Bellied Peccary
  • Sunglow-Bellied Bird
  • Boar-Grasshopper
  • Gila monster-Indri
  • Panda-Cat
  • Heron-Yak
  • Malachite Moorhen

Assassin Turtle

The Assassin Turtle is a deceptively stealthy snapping turtle that can be found around swamp and marsh areas, where it seeks to drag unsuspecting rodents to a watery grave.

  • Sandy Badger
  • Raspberry Wombat
  • Smitten-Nosed Possum
  • Seashell-Nosed Bunny
  • Puppy-Cayman
  • Moth-Booby
  • Porcupine-Bandicoot
  • Mole-Springbok

Bird Species Names

Birds tend to have some of the more unusual names for their species, a fact that we’ve taken into account for our own list below!

  • Throaty Warbler
  • Yellow Finch
  • Wader Bird
  • Great Crested Peahen
  • Swiftwing
  • Jayrock
  • Tawny Falcon
  • Firebird
  • Sea Eagle

Blue-Winged Gull

Blue-Winged Gulls are known mostly as pests which tend to follow trawler ships around in order to steal the fish that they catch. In a pinch, the birds can be shot down and eaten in extreme circumstances.

  • Lesser Parrot
  • Grey Albatros
  • Wandering Orux
  • Crested Booby
  • Mottled Wren
  • Great Plains Owl
  • Piebald Tit
  • Speckled Finch
  • Tiger Dove
  • Atlas Condor

Fish Species Names

If anything, Fish Species’ names tend to be even more idiosyncratic than their winged counterparts. We’ve included a mixture of descriptive and unusual names below:

  • Bitterling
  • Beluga Sturgeon
  • Coolie Loach
  • Darter
  • Jewelfish
  • Icconu
  • Kokanee
  • Mandarinfish
  • Orange Roughy


The Opaleye is a predatory fish whose distinctive eyes can be seen reflecting the torchlight of passing ships as it darts through the waters to hunt at night.

  • Pearl Danilo
  • Queen Parrotfish
  • Riffe Dace
  • Ridgehead
  • Snapper
  • Steelhead
  • Triplespine
  • Vendace
  • Tang
  • Whiting

Snake Species Names

Snake Species names tend to be more pedestrian and descriptive than birds or fish, so a simple account of an animal’s distinguishing characteristics will usually suffice:

  • Horned Adder
  • Whitetail Asp
  • Volcano Boa
  • Boomslang
  • Coachwhip Snake
  • Manticore Cobra
  • Speckled Hognose
  • Ikeheka
  • Spitting Keelback
  • Banded Krait
  • Greater Lora

Crawling Mud Snake

The Crawling Mud Snake is unique among snakes in that it is the only semi-aquatic species, choosing to make its home in the muddy banks of rivers and surrounding marshlands.

  • Horned Pipe Snake
  • Dwarf Python
  • Black and Tan Racer
  • Elvish Rattlesnake
  • Desert Sidewinder
  • Red Taipan
  • Oak Tree Snake
  • Carpet Viper

That’s it for our list of suggestions for species names. We hope that you found a name here you can bring into your own games and stories! Please share the article with your fellow players if you found it useful, and tell us your favorite name in the comments below.

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Cassidy Ferrari
D&D is a creative practice for me, in which I can explore everything from the surreal to the divine. I like to use names as a storytelling device, so every interaction helps players to build a stronger mental image of the world. I hope that my articles for Codex Nomina help you have more fun with fantasy names!

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