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Cryptid Guide

Asian Cryptids

Anthropoid Apes: Orangutan-like
Reported from Assam, Burma, China, and Vietnam
Heuvelmans 1986

Giant Orangutan
Historically reported from Borneo
Arment 2004

Anthropoid Ape: Yeti
Reported from India and Himalayas, Kashmir, Bhutan, Nepal, Sikkim, and Bangladesh
Heuvelmans 1986

Hominoid: Hairy dwarf
Reported from Sri Lanka, Sumatra, and Borneo
Heuvelmans 1986

Hominoids: Neandertal-like
Reported from Caucasus Mts.; Pamir Mts.; Altay and Sayan Mts.; Verkhoyansk Range and Chukotska Peninsula; Iran; Afghanistan; China; Tibet; Mongolia; Burma; Laos; Cambodia; Vietnam; Malaysia
Heuvelmans 1986

Hominoids: Giant hairy hominoids
Reports from Tibet, Sikkim, Bangladesh, Burma, China, and North Vietnam
Heuvelmans 1986

Bear: White bear
Reported from Shennongjia mountain forests, Hubei Province, China
Heuvelmans 1986, Shuker 1997

Bear: White Bear of Kamchatka
Reported from Kamchatka peninsula, Russia
Shuker 1997

Bear: Giant Black Bear of Kamchatka
Reported from Kamchatka peninsula, Russia
Shuker 1997

Bear-like animal
Reported from Murung River, Borneo
Hall 1993

Feline: Blue Tigers
Sporadically reported from Fujian Province, China
Heuvelmans 1986; Shuker 1989

Feline: Melanistic tigers
Sporadically reported from India, Bangladesh, Burma, etc.
Shuker 1989

Feline: Russian mystery panther
Reported from the province of Orel, Russia
Shuker 1989

Feline: mystery cat
Reported from Hong Kong
Shuker 1989

Feline: Cigau
Unpatterned tannish fur, short tail, ruff around neck
Reported from Sumatra [east of Mount Kerinci]
Shuker 1998d

Feline: Small 'horned' feline
Reported from Alor and Solor of the Lesser Sundras
Shuker 1998d

Feline: Tiger-like feline
Reported from Iriomote, Ryukyu Islands
Shuker 1998d

Feline: Black & brown tiger-like feline
Reported from Khao Sok National Park, Thailand
Shuker 1998d

Feline-like: Chuti
Reported from Nepal [Choyang and Iswa Valleys]
Possibly the striped hyaena
Shuker 1998d

Horned Jackal (anomalous)
Reported from Sri Lanka
Shuker 1997

Canine: Small fox-like canid
Reportedly photographed by WWF Indonesia from Borneo
News reports, 2005

Canine: Small wolf-like canids
Possible feral dogs or perhaps remnant Japanese dwarf wolves [or hybrids]
Reported from Japan (Chichibu district)
Shuker 1998d

Bear-like animal
Reported from along the Kedang Murung River, Borneo
Eberhart 2002

Bear: Tree Bear
Reported from Nepal, possibly based on juvenile Asiatic black bears
Eberhart 2002

Civet: Unknown species
Tail collected from Indonesian island of Seram
Shuker 1998d

Mammoths: surviving remnants
Reported from Siberia
Heuvelmans 1986; Shuker 1995b

Dwarf elephants
Reported from India, official search found nothing
News reports 2005

Tapir: possible range extension
Reported from Borneo
Shuker 1992

Pig-like animal: Pukau
Reported from Borneo
Shuker 1992

Schomburgk's Deer: Remnant population
Antlers collected in 1990 in Laos
Shuker 1998d

Mongolian "Goat-Antelope"
Reported from Dundgovi Province, Mongolia
Eberhart 2002

Loris: Loris with long, bushy tail
Reported from India [Lushai Hills]
Named Nycticebus caudatus, possibly extinct
Shuker 1998d

Loris: Unidentified species
Larger than slow loris and much paler
Reported from animal market in Hanoi, Vietnam
Shuker 1998d

Giant Pangolin-like animal (Veo)
Reported from Rintja, Lesser Sundas
Shuker 1998b; Shuker 2000b

Bats: Giant Bats
Reported from Vietnam, Java, and Philippines
Heuvelmans 1986

Bat-like: Orang bati ('Flying Man')
Seram, Indonesia accounts
Possible giant bats
Shuker 1998d

"Two-tongued" furry quadrupeds
Reported from Malayan jungles
Shuker 1997

Reported from Sri Lanka and India
Shuker 1997

Dodos: Surviving remnants
Reported from Mauritius and certain other islands
Shuker 1997

Pink-headed duck: Surviving remnants
Reported from India, Tibet
Shuker 1998d

White Sea-Raven
Reported by Steller off Bering Island; probable misidentification
Shuker 2000b

Pheasant: Large, possibly flightless argus pheasant
Named Argusianus bipunctatus in 1871 on single feather
Possibly from Java or Tioman; probably extinct
Shuker 1998d

Gallinaceous bird: Chicken-like, known as Alovot
Reported from Sumatra
Possibly species of Polyplectron
Shuker 1998d

Owl: unidentified species of Strix
Reported from Andaman and Nicobar islands
Shuker 1998d

Reported from Sumatra
Might be large moths
Shuker 1998d

Lake Monsters: "Long-necked Sea-lions"
Reported from former Soviet Union and Japan
Heuvelmans 1986

Lizard: Large monitor-like species (buru, etc.)
Reported from India and nearby countries
Heuvelmans 1986

Lizard: Large monitors
Reported from Malaya
Hall 1993

Dinosaur-like animal: sauropod
Reported from Pahang, Malaysian Peninsula
Heuvelmans 1986

Dinosaur-like animal: sauropod
Reported from Lake Patenggang, Java
Heuvelmans 1986

Snake: Tzuchinoko
Reported from mountains of Japan and Korea
Heuvelmans 1986

Snake: Cryptophidion annamense
Reported from Vietnam, known only from photo
Wallach & Jones 1992

Snake: Giant Pythons (up to 40 feet)
Reported from India, Bangladesh, and Thailand
Heuvelmans 1986

Snake: Giant Snakes
Reported from Far Eastern province of Russia bordering China
Stonehill 1994

Giant toad-like animals
Reported from near Wuhnun, Hubei Province, China
Shuker 1997

Fish: Giant red salmon-like fish
Reported from Lake Hanas, China
Bille 1995

Fish: 6-foot-long lungfish
Reported from Vietnam
Shuker 1998d

Fish: Bioluminescent "mudskipper"
Reported from Indonesian island of Seram
Shuker 1998d

Ray: Giant freshwater ray, unknown species
Reported from Mekong River, Thailand and Laos
Sehm 1993-1996

Mongolian "Death Worm"
Postulated as snake, amphisbaenid, annelid
Reported from the Gobi, Mongolia
Shuker 1995

Bioluminescent Spider
Reported from Myanmar
Arment 2006

Bioluminescent Spider
Reported from India
Arment 2006

Cryptozoology: Science and Speculation

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Great Sea-Serpent

Sea Monsters Unmasked

Blue Tiger

Catching Wild Animals

Lesser Known Mystery Animals

Lake Champlain Mystery

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