Slowest animals

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Vertebrates[edit]

Birds[edit]

Rank Animal Notes
1 American woodcock 5 mph (8.0 km/h)[1] The American woodcock has been timed flying at 5 mph without stalling during courtship displays.[2]

Reptiles[edit]

Rank Animal Notes
1 Giant Galapagos tortoise 1 mph (1.6 km/h)[3] The Galapagos tortoise can be as slow as 0.23 miles per hour on land. In the water, Galapagos tortoises can move much faster than this.

Fish[edit]

Rank Animal Notes
1 Seahorse 5 ft (150 cm)[4] The dwarf seahorse swims at about 0.01 mph, making it the slowest fish in the world. They are found in shallow tropical and temperate waters throughout the world. Unlike most other fish, they are monogamous and mate for life. Rarer still, they are among the only animal species on earth in which the male bears the unborn young.

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Invertebrates[edit]

Mollusks[edit]

Rank Animal Notes
1 Banana slug 0.000023 m/s (7.5×10−5 ft/s)[6] The banana slug is said to be the slowest mollusk in the world, as its average speed is only approximately 0.000023 m/s.[7]

Anthozoa[edit]

Rank Animal Notes
1 Coral 0 m/s (0 ft/s) The coral is one of the only animals that does not move.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Smallest Bird, Largest Bird, Fastest Bird, Slowest Bird - Birds of a Feather B&B". 48.423129;-123.47255: Victorialodging.com. Retrieved 2012-02-08. 
  2. ^ "The World's Slowest Animals". Thetravelalmanac.com. Retrieved 2012-02-08. 
  3. ^ "BBC Nature - Galápagos giant tortoise videos, news and facts". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-02-08. 
  4. ^ "Seahorses, Seahorse Pictures, Seahorse Facts - National Geographic". Animals.nationalgeographic.com. Retrieved 2012-02-08. 
  5. ^ Guinness World Records (2009)
  6. ^ "BBC Nature - Snails and slugs videos, news and facts". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-02-08. 
  7. ^ "Speed of a Snail". Hypertextbook.com. Retrieved 2012-02-08.