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Saturday, 8 March 2014

Tote-Up Review

The following is my assessment of some of the Cryptid categories as given in the basic standard Cryptozoology. * indicates a category I consider to be of interest and a potential new species not catalogued by science, and the categories I would strike from the list are also indicated.  To make it easier to read I have also colour-coded it and purple indicates the Cryptid categories, black background and red print indicates the ones I would drop out

Bernard Heuvelmans Sea Serpents:

*Long Necked A 30-60-foot (9-18 m), long-necked, Plesiosaur-shaped Cosmopolitan animal.
*"Megalotaria" an uncatalogued Walrus-sized sea lion (as a separate spinoff category)  

Super Eels: A group of large and possibly unrelated eel-shaped fishes. 
Partially based on the "Leptocephalus giganteus" larvae (Which includes two unrelated kinds also)
*"Megaloconger" the 30 foot long kind (as a separate spinoff category) 
*"Titanoconger" the 60-100 foot (18-30 m) long kind (as a separate spinoff category) 

*Marine Saurian: A 50–60-foot (15–18 m) sea crocodile,
 *Mosasaur (or Pliosaur) 60-100 foot (18-30m) long (as a separate spinoff category) 


Merhorse  A 60-100 foot (18-30 m), medium-necked, large-eyed, horse-headed pinniped. Maned and often has whiskers.   

Many-Humped  A 60–100-foot (18–30 m), medium-necked, long-bodied archaeocete. It has a series of humps or a crest on the spine like a sperm whale's

Super Otter A 65–100-foot (18–30 m), medium-necked, long-bodied archaeocete that resembles an otter. It moves in numerous vertical undulations

Many Finned  A 60–100-foot (18–30 m), short necked archeocete. It has a number of lateral projections that look like dorsal fins, but turned the incorrect way.

Yellow Belly: A very large, 100–200-foot (30–61 m) yellow-and-black-striped, tadpole-shaped creature. Dropped. (Could still count as a larger form of whale shark)

Father-of-all-the-turtles: A giant turtle. Dropped.
Loren Coleman and Patrick Huyghe (Additional Categories)

Mystery Cetacean: A category of uncatalogued whale species including
   *Unknown porpoises and dolphins
   *Double finned whales and dolphins,
   *Dorsal finned sperm whales,
   *Unknown beaked whales,
   *Unknown orca,
   *Walrus-tusked whales and others. 
Mystery Sirenian:
   *surviving Steller's sea cow
   *and possible African freshwater dugongs 
*Giant Beaver 
   *Giant Otter (as a separate spinoff category) 
*Mystery Monitor
   *Mystery Iguana (as a separate spinoff category)
*Mystery Sharks

Mystery Manta (Possibly known species)
Mystery stingrays (as a separate spinoff category) (Possibly known species) 

 Mystery Salamander (Known species)
Big Fishes (Sturgeons, alligator gars, pikes, catfishes, paddlefish and others)  (Known species)     

Giant Octopus, Octopus giganteus or Otoctopus giganteus:   (VOID)
*Northern Colossal Squid (as a separate spinoff category) (Possibly a new species)


 Classic Sea Serpent: A quadrupedal, elongated animal with the appearance of many humps when swimming. Essentially a composite of the many humped, super otter, and super eels types. The authors suggest Basilosaurus as a candidate (Standing Wave)

Waterhorse: A large pinniped, similar to the long necked + merhorse. Both of their eyes are rather small. They are noteworthy for being behind both salt and fresh water sightings.
(Maned, horned, with prominent ears and beards, one prominent shoulder hump and occasional cloven hoofprints when they come ashore=Swimming Moose)

Cetacean Centipede (the Many-finned SS)  (Row of Dolphins or small whales)

Loren Coleman and Patrick Huyghe (Abominable Snowmen Categories)

1. *Neo Giant (Reverts to possible Gigantopithecus after Krantz)
    *Subgiant (Tropical Africa)> (Possible robust Australopithecus sp)
2. True Giant (VOID) (Reverts to possible Gigantopithecus after Krantz,ie, included in Neo Giants)

3. Marked Hominid (a Homo sapiens variety) (Known species)
4. Neanderthaloid (a Homo sapiens variety) (Known species)
5. Erectus Hominid (a Homo sapiens variety) (Known species)
6. Proto Pygmy (a Homo sapiens variety) (Known species)

7. Unknown Pongid (Generally Orangutan varieties) (Known species)

8. Giant Monkey
    (>*Isnachi in the New World) 
9. Merbeing >
     (Chupacabras) (VOID) +
    *?Freshwater Monkeys after Tyler Stone
    *?Merfolk (Basically allowed to stand)
Ivan T Sanderson Abominable Snowmen: Legend come to Life

 Of Sanderson's four categories, only the *Neo-Giants remain as an open category (as above), and in this category we follow Heuvelmans' example and defer to Grover Krantz.

Bernard Heuvelmans, On the Track of Unknown Animals

4Nittaewo, the Lost People of Ceylon91
5Orang Pendek, the Ape-Man of Sumatra119
6The Not So Abominable Snowman (All possible Orangutans)143

7The Surrealist Dinosaur of New Guinea (Hoax)
                                                            > *Giant Monitors
*8The Incredible Australian Bunyips  (> Seals )
                                                             and > *Giant Monitors,
                                                              *Giant "Demon Ducks"
9The Queensland Marsupial Tiger251
*10The Moa, a Fossil that May Still Thrive
                                                  *Small Turkey-sized Moa
                                                  *Medium Emu-like Moa
                                                  *Large Moa like Dinornis
11Waitoreke, Impossible New Zealand Mammal (Probable imported otter)293

12The Patagonian Giant Sloth > * Equatorial Forest Ground sloths301
*13The Giant Anaconda (*Sucuriju Gigante)
 and Other Inland 'Sea-Serpents' (*Dormador or Black Boa)
14Apes in Green Hell (Possible Apes: Mono Rey
                                                     *And Mono Grande)

15The Mammoth of the Taiga (Possible Survival but Possibly Now Extinct)397

16Three Large Pygmies: the *Forest Rhinoceros (African Unicorn),
 the Water Elephant  (Forest elephant, known species)
and the Spotted Lion (Lions are a known species)
17The Nandi Bear, an East African Proteus (+Possible Unknown Brown Bear possibly involved, Brown bears are a known species)445
18Mngwa, the Strange One  (Possibly a giant Golden Cat in Mottled phase)495
*19The Little Hairy Men (*Gracile Australopithecus)503
*20The Dragon St George Did Not Kill (*Giant Monitor Lizard
                                                        *Unknown Robust Crocodile
                                                        *Unknown Giant Otter)
21Kongamato, the Last Flying Dragon  (Possible Freshwater Stingray)582

*22 *Vorompatra (>Lesser Elephant Bird),
*Tratratratra, (4 Possible Giant Lemur Survivals) etcetera


  1. Interesting. You voided the Merhorse. Is it voided for the same reasons as the Waterhorse?

    1. That is partly the reason but not the only one: The Merhorse is a category that contains elements of very different types that do not go together (This is actually a sort of an ongoing point of contention we have going on at this blog). But basically, some of the reports (as mentioned in the recent entry on Sea Giraffe sightings) are pretty obviously the same as the regular Longnecks and therefore the category is voided as being a separate category from them. Other reports (about one quarter) are elephant seals and still others are apparently due to mistaken views of oarfish. And many of them are swimming moose for the same reasons as listed for Waterhorse. The main difference is that the inland freshwater sightings in the Waterhorse are clearly and predominantly swimming moose whereas at sea there are other factors at work.


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