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25 Beautiful and Ugly Pink Animals

Updated on January 13, 2017
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Pink Animals

We can always be surprised by animals. This time I picked some pink ones that are not photo manipulated. The pictures are all real, even if some of them seem strange.

Of course, some of these animals are well known by all, like the pink flamingos. Flamingos are pink or orange or white depending on what they eat. Flamingo's diet primarily consists of aquatic organisms, such as shrimp and algae, high in pigments called carotenoids. Carotenoids are the same pigments that cause shrimp turn from gray to pink when they're boiled and are essential to maintaining the flamingo's color.

Flamingos are pink due to their diet, but there are other pink animals. Sometimes the pink color is used for camouflage and they may display other colors in different situations.

The fact is they are, most of the times, strangely beautiful. Pink it's a color we usually don't associate with animals and nature. Pink is usually for pigs, flowers and toys. Looking at such unusual colored animals makes us feel the joy of nature, and wish to share it.

We can also find, in this list, some ugly or weird critters like the blobfish (considered the ugliest animal on earth) or the naked mole rat. Weird or ugly, they are definitely cute!

Strange but true? :

Pink is not a real wavelength of light. That’s why pink is an invention. It’s not a name we give to something out there. Pink isn’t out there.

— Robert Krulwich

Antennarius multiocellatus

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Antennarius multiocellatus also known by Longlure frogfish, native to the Western Atlantic, reaching the maxim length of 20cm. He has many color phases used for camouflage. This fish is reported to be the fastest animal alive, moving so quickly that we can only observe their action when recording with high-speed film.

Blobfish

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The blobfish (Psychrolutes marcidus) is a deep sea fish of the family Psychrolutidae and its flesh is primarily a gelatinous mass. It inhabits the deep waters off the coasts of mainland Australia and Tasmania, as well as the waters of New Zealand. It was voted the "World's Ugliest Animal" in 2013 and adopted as the mascot of the Ugly Animal Preservation Society.

Strongylocentrotus fragilis

An aggregation of sea urchins (Strongylocentrotus fragilis) apparently devouring a fairly large dead creature.
An aggregation of sea urchins (Strongylocentrotus fragilis) apparently devouring a fairly large dead creature. | Source

Strongylocentrotus fragilis is an abundant fragile pink sea urchin that feed on plant and animal scraps.Its size goes up to 4 inches across (10 cm)

Giant Caribbean Anemone (Condylactis gigantea)

The Giant Caribbean Anemone (Condylactis gigantea) comes in a wide variety of different colors.
The Giant Caribbean Anemone (Condylactis gigantea) comes in a wide variety of different colors. | Source

Condylactis gigantea, commonly known as giant Caribbean sea anemone, is a tropical species of ball anemone found in the Caribbean Sea, attached to a rock, shell, or almost any other hard object. Feeds upon fish, mussels, shrimp, zooplankton, and sea worms that they prey and paralyze by the toxin–bearing nematocysts located on the tentacles.

James's Flamingo

James's Flamingo mating ritual
James's Flamingo mating ritual | Source

The James’s or Puna Flamingo in the genus Phenicoparrus is a small and delicate pink flamingo found mainly on the high Andean plateaus of Peru, Chile, Bolivia and Argentina and feeds mainly on diatoms.
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Lophochroa leadbeateri

Major Mitchell's Cockatoos mating at Palmitos Park, Gran Canaria, Spain.
Major Mitchell's Cockatoos mating at Palmitos Park, Gran Canaria, Spain. | Source

Lophochroa leadbeateri also known by Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo live in arid and semi-arid regions of Australia, usually near eucalyptus or acacias suitable for nesting in. They are omnivorous, eating the seeds of grasses, shrubs and trees, as well as roots and bulbs, and insect larvae.

Pink Pidgeon. Nesoenas mayeri

Captive breeding program in open roofed aviaries in Black River Gorge National Park has helped pull back this rarest of endemics from the brink of extinction
Captive breeding program in open roofed aviaries in Black River Gorge National Park has helped pull back this rarest of endemics from the brink of extinction | Source

The Pink Pigeon (Nesoenas mayeri) also known as Mauritius Pigeon is an Endangered species of the Mauritius Islands. They eat leaves, flowers, seeds and other parts of native plants

Roseate Skimmer (Orthemis ferruginea)

Roseate Skimmer perched on a twig
Roseate Skimmer perched on a twig | Source

The Roseate Skimmer (Orthemis ferruginea) is a species dragonfly in the family Libellulidae. It is found throughout the United States of America, Mexico and Mesoamerica.

Brachycybe lecontii (Platydesmida) millipede

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Brachycybe is a genus of andrognathid millipedes with species in the United States and East Asia that are blind, slow-moving and eat fungus. The males care for the eggs and the young.

Callyspongia vaginalis, Branching Vase Sponge - pink variation.

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Branching vase sponge (Callyspongia vaginalis) is a marine species with the basic shape of long erected tubes. It's common in South Florida, the Bahamas and the Caribbean. Inhabit shallow and mid-range reefs, walls and rocky areas and their color is variable.

Chlamyphorus truncatus

Exhibit in Naturmuseum Senckenberg, Frankfurt am Main, Germany.
Exhibit in Naturmuseum Senckenberg, Frankfurt am Main, Germany. | Source

The Pink Fairy Armadillo (Chlamyphorus truncatus) is found in Central Argentina, where it inhabits dry grasslands and sandy plains with thorn bushes and cactus. C. truncatus are nocturnal, and sluggish except when burrowing. They feed primarily on ants and ant larvae, but they also eat worms, snails, roots and other plant material.

Heterocephalus glaber

Angry naked mole rat of the female gender.
Angry naked mole rat of the female gender. | Source

Heterocephalus glaber, also known by naked mole rat is found in eastern Africa countries such as Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya. They inhabit underground tunnels in grasslands and savannas feeding on geophytic plants such as roots, bulbs, and tubers which are accessible underground.

Sphynx Breed Cat

At the SUROK 113th international cat show, Helsinki 2007-07-28.
At the SUROK 113th international cat show, Helsinki 2007-07-28. | Source

The Sphynx cat is a domestic hairless breed created by a natural genetic mutation in 1966 in Toronto, Canada.Sphynx are not always totally hairless and When properly bred, is very robust with few serious health or genetic problems.

Pink skunk clownfish

Pink skunk clownfish (Amphiprion perideraion) in Komodo National Park
Pink skunk clownfish (Amphiprion perideraion) in Komodo National Park | Source

The Pink Skunk Clownfish, also known by Pink Anemonefish reach only about 4.3 inches (11 cm) in length and are omnivorous. They are very dependent on their host anemones and seldom leave the protection of its tentacles. It can be found west of Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean, east to Fiji, north to the Ryukyu Islands and South to New Caledonia.

Thomisus spider female with male on back

Description	 The male probably is waiting for her to catch food, so that he can mate while her attention is distracted by fneeding.
Description The male probably is waiting for her to catch food, so that he can mate while her attention is distracted by fneeding. | Source

Thomisus is a genus of crab spiders (family Thomisidae) with more than 100 species described, but the best known crab spiders are ambush predators that feed on insects visiting flowers. They may change color for camouflage purposes, usually in ranges of white, pink, and yellow.

Deilephila elpenor

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Deilephila elpenor, known as the elephant hawk-moth, is a large moth of the Sphingidae family. Its range extends across Europe, Russia, and into China, northern parts of the Indian subcontinent, Japan and Korea (though not Taiwan). They have a good night or scotopic vision and feed at night often taking nectar from garden plants like Honeysuckles and petunias.

Mexican mole lizard (Bipes biporus)

Captive animal, courtesy of El Serpentario, La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico.
Captive animal, courtesy of El Serpentario, La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico. | Source

The Mexican mole lizard (Bipes biporus), commonly known as the five-toed worm lizard are pink, lizard-like reptiles,found in the states of Baja California, Baja California Sur, Guerrero and Chiapas, in Mexico. This burrowing species only surfaces at night or after heavy rain and eats ants, termites, ground-dwelling insects, larvae, earthworms, and small animals including lizards.

Chinese White Dolphin

Chinese White Dolphin (Sousa chinensis chinensis) known as rare pink dolphines. The picture taken at a theme park in Pattaya, Thailand.
Chinese White Dolphin (Sousa chinensis chinensis) known as rare pink dolphines. The picture taken at a theme park in Pattaya, Thailand. | Source

The Chinese white dolphin is a variety of Indo-Pacific humpbacked dolphin found in Southeast Asia and Australia.This species, along the Chinese coast, has pink skin due to blood vessels which were overdeveloped for thermoregulation.

Muricopsis rosea

 these gastropods have highly ornamented coiled shells
these gastropods have highly ornamented coiled shells | Source

Muricopsis (Risomurex) rosea, also known by the pink drupe, is a species of sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Muricidae, the murex snails or rock snails. This species is distributed in the Caribbean Sea, the Gulf of Mexico and in the Indian Ocean along the Mascarene Basin and their shells grow to a length of 15mm.

Monanchora unguifera (Pink Lumpy sponge)

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The Pink Lumpy Sponge (Monanchora unguifera) belongs to the class Demospongiae. Its size ranges between 4 to 16 in. (10 to 40 cm) and is found in the Caribbean, Bahamas and South Florida.

Pisaster brevispinus

Pisaster brevispinus near Morro Bay, California, USA. "This star can range from pink to almost white."
Pisaster brevispinus near Morro Bay, California, USA. "This star can range from pink to almost white." | Source

Pisaster brevispinus, commonly called the pink sea star, giant pink sea star, or short-spined sea star, is a species of sea star from the northeast Pacific Ocean that can reach a diameter of two feet while weighing up to two pounds. They prey on mussels, barnacles and tube worms, but also eat dead fish and squid.

Roseate spoonbill

 roseate spoonbill (Platalea ajaja) in GaiaZoo
roseate spoonbill (Platalea ajaja) in GaiaZoo | Source

The Roseate Spoonbill (Platalea ajaja) is a gregarious wading bird of the ibis and spoonbill family, Threskiornithidae. It is a resident breeder in South America, mostly east of the Andes, and in coastal regions of the Caribbean, Central America, Mexico, the Gulf Coast of the United States and on central Florida's Atlantic coast. Like flamingos their pink color is diet-derived, consisting of the carotenoid pigment canthaxanthin. It feeds on crustaceans, aquatic insects, frogs, newts and very small fish

Lewis's Woodpecker (Melanerpes lewis).

Lewis's Woodpecker (Melanerpes lewis). Taking a rest from flycatching. Seen during an outing at the Central Valley Birding Festival, Nov 2006.
Lewis's Woodpecker (Melanerpes lewis). Taking a rest from flycatching. Seen during an outing at the Central Valley Birding Festival, Nov 2006. | Source

The Lewis's Woodpecker eats mostly insects, nuts and fruits and ranges mostly in the western to central United States.

Dendronephthya, pink soft coral

Dendronephthya sp. (pink soft coral)
Dendronephthya sp. (pink soft coral) | Source

The Dendronephthya genus is the easiest to identify within the Nephtheidae family due to their bright colors. They capture microscopic food particles from the water column and can absorb dissolved organic matter.

Pink-wing flying fish

Flying fish shortly after take-off
Flying fish shortly after take-off | Source

The Exocoetidae are a family of marine fish with wing-like fins that enable gliding flight for considerable distances above the water's surface in order to escape predators.They live in all of the oceans.

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