10 Largest Species Of Their Group

Largest Species

The following is a list of the largest species in a group, where a group could be in a narrow definition like penguins or a much wider definition like reptiles. With no specific order:

1. Blue Whale

At 30 meters (98 ft) in length and 170 tonnes or more in weight, it is the largest whale and the largest known animal ever to have existed!

Blue whale - Largest Species

Blue whale – the largest known animal ever to have existed

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2. Killer Whale (Orca)

The Killer Whale, or Orca, is actually part of the Dolphins family, making it the largest species of the oceanic dolphin family. The largest Orca ever recorded was a male off the coast of Japan, measuring 9.7 m (32 ft) long and weighed 10 tonnes.

Killer Whale (Orca) - Largest Species

Killer Whale (Orca) – the biggest Dolphin

3. Emperor Penguin

The Emperor Penguin is one of the heaviest living birds as well as the largest penguin, with a maximum height of 1.35 m (4.3 ft) and weight of 46 kg (102 lb).

Emperor Penguin -  the heaviest living birds and the largest penguin

Emperor Penguin – the heaviest living birds and the largest penguin

4. Ostrich

The largest living bird. A large male ostrich can reach a height of 2.8 m (9.2 ft) and weigh over 156 kg (345 lb). Eggs laid by the Ostrich can weigh 1.4 kg (3 lb) and are the largest eggs in the world today.

Ostrich - Largest Species

Ostrich – The largest living bird

5. Saltwater Crocodile

The largest living reptile. The males of this species can reach sizes of up to 7 m (23 ft) and weigh as much as 2,000 kg (4,400 lb). Females are much smaller and often do not surpass 3 m (9.8 ft).

Saltwater Crocodile - The largest living reptile

Saltwater Crocodile – The largest living reptile

6. Capybara

The largest living rodent, native to most of the tropical and temperate parts of South America east of the Andes, always near water. Full-grown capybaras can reach 1.5 m (4.9 ft) long and 0.9 m (3.0 ft) tall at the shoulder and a maximum weight of 105 kg (232 lb).

Capybara - Largest Species

Capybara – The largest living rodent

7. Giant Golden-Crowned Flying Fox

Also known as the golden-capped fruit bat, is a rare megabat and the largest bat in the world. The species is endangered and only found in the  Philippines. It has a wingspan of 1.5–1.7 metres (4 ft 10 in–5 ft 7 in) and weighing 0.7–1.2 kilograms (1.5–2.6 lb).

The largest bat in the world - Largest Species

The largest bat in the world

8. Eastern lowland gorilla

The eastern lowland gorilla is the largest living primate. Found at the mountainous forests of the eastern Democratic Republic of the CongoMales weigh 163 kg (360 lb) on average while females usually weigh half as much. Males have a standing height of 1.76 meters (5 ft 9 in) on average and females stand at 1.60 meters (5 ft 3 in) or less.

Eastern lowland gorilla - Largest Species

Eastern lowland gorilla – the largest living primate

9. Green anaconda

The heaviest snake in the world with range from 30 to 70 kg (66 to 150 lb) in an average-range adult. The green anaconda is also one of the world’s longest snakes, reaching more than 6.6 m (22 ft) long. It is the largest snake native to the Americas.

Green anaconda - The heaviest snake in the world

Green anaconda – The heaviest snake in the world (source: LA Dawson)

10. Giant Huntsman Spider

The world’s largest spider by leg-span with a 30 centimeter (12 inches) leg-span (!!), and 4.6 centimeters (1.8 inches) body-length. The Huntsman appears to be a cave dweller and was discovered in Laos in 2001. It is part of the Heteropoda genus.

Giant Huntsman Spider - Largest Species

Giant Huntsman Spider – The world’s largest spider

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