10 Largest Species Of Their Group

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 metres (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 - the largest known animal ever to have existed

Blue whale – the largest known animal ever to have existed

 

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) - the biggest Dolphin

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 - The largest living bird

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 - The largest living rodent

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

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 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 metres (5 ft 9 in) on average and females stand at 1.60 metres (5 ft 3 in) or less

Eastern lowland gorilla - the largest living primate

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 inch) leg-span (!!), and 4.6 centimeter (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 - The world's largest spider

Giant Huntsman Spider – The world’s largest spider

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