Animals on Oceanscape

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Want to learn more about animals in both the coastal and inland areas of Oregon? This page provides a comprehensive and alphabetical list of the animals currently catalogued on the Oceanscape Network. Check back frequently as this list will change and grow over time.


Amphibians are a group of vertebrates which evolved from lobe-finned fishes. These were the first vertebrates to migrate out of the ancient oceans and onto land. Most modern amphibians spend at least part of their life-cycles in watery environments. Amphibians are classified into six separate groups, only two of which are represented here.

Frogs and Toads (Anura)

Great Basin Spadefoot Toad | Pacific Tree Frog

Newts and Salamanders

Giant Pacific Salamander | Rough-Skinned Newt


Birds are warm-blooded vertebrates distinguished by bodies and wings covered in feathers. Most birds are able to fly and all reproduce by laying eggs. Birds are classified into thirty separate groups, only some of which are represented here.

Birds of Prey (Accipitriformes)

American Kestrel | Bald Eagle | California Condor | Golden Eagle | Northern Goshawk | Osprey | Peregrine Falcon | Red-Tailed Hawk | Turkey Vulture | White Tailed Kite

Kingfishers (Coraciiformes)

Belted Kingfisher

Owls (Strigiformes)

Barred Owl | Great Horned Owl | Northern Spotted Owl

Pelicans, Cormorants and Frigatebirds (Suliformes)

American White Pelican | Brown Pelican | Great Blue Heron | Pelagic Cormorant

Perching Birds (Passeriformes)

American Crow | American Robin | Black-capped Chickadee | Brown Creeper | Common Raven | Golden-Crowned Kinglet | Gray Jay | Hermit Thrush | Mountain Chickadee | Olive-sided Flycatcher | Pacific Wren | Rufous-Sided Towhee | White Crowned Sparrow

Shorebirds (Charadriiformes)

American Golden Plover | Black Oystercatcher | Common Murre | Herring Gull | Horned Puffin | Marbled Murrelet | Pigeon Guillemot | Rhinoceros Auklet | Short Tailed Albatross | Tufted Puffin | Western Sandpiper | Western Snowy Plover | Willet

Waterfowl (Anseriformes)

Canada Goose | Dusky Canada Goose | Hooded Merganser | Mallard | Northern Pintail | Surf Scoter | Wood Duck

Woodpeckers and Relatives (Piciformes)

Acorn Woodpecker | Northern Flicker | Western Pileated Woodpecker

Cranes, Coots and Relatives (Gruiformes)

American Coot


Fish are aquatic vertebrates with bodies covered with scales, two sets of paired fins and gills. Fish are generally classified as “bony” and “cartilaginous” as shown here.

Bony Fish (Osteichthyes)

Bay pipefish | Blacksmith | Boccacio | Cabezon | California moray eel | Canary rockfish | Coelacanth | China rockfish | Chinook salmon | Coho salmon | Garibaldi damselfish | Goosefish | Grunt sculpin | High cockscomb | Kelp bass | Kelp greenling | Largemouth bass | Lingcod | Northern anchovy | Oregon chub | Pacific herring | Quillback rockfish | Señorita | Shiner perch | Speckled sanddab | Starry flounder | Spotted ratfish | Steelhead trout | Tiger rockfish | Vermilion rockfish | Wolf eel | Yellowtail rockfish

Cartilaginous Fish (Chondrichthyes)

Australian weasel shark | Basking shark | Big skate | Blacktip reef shark | Blue shark | Broadnose sevengill shark | Brown catshark | Brown smoothhound shark | Bull shark | Chain catshark | Common thresher shark | Filetail catshark | Great hammerhead shark | Great white shark | Grey reef shark | Leopard shark | Pacific angel shark | Pacific lamprey | Pacific sleeper shark | Salmon shark | Scalloped hammerhead shark | Shortfin mako shark | Silvertip shark | Sixgill shark | Spiny dogfish shark | Soupfin shark | Tiger shark | Whale shark


Invertebrates are the largest known animals species, making up 97% of all animals on Earth. Invertebrates lack backbones and therefore includes all animals outside of the subphylum Vertebrata. Invertebrates are classified into eight separate groups, only some of which are represented here.

Arthropods (Arthropoda)

Bathypalaemonella | Bay Ghost Shrimp | Box Crab | Caddisflies | California Mussel | Common Garden Snail | Dragonflies | Dungeness Crab | Flat Porcelain Crab | Giant Acorn Barnacle | Giant Rock Scallop | Hairy Hermit Crab | Helmet Crab | Japanese Spider Crab | Leaf Barnacle | Oregon Pink Shrimp | Oregon Silverspot Butterfly | Pacific Sideband Snail | Red Rock Crab | Seaside hoary elfin butterfly | Sharp-nosed Crab | Spot Prawn | Squat Lobster


Bamboo Coral | By-the-Wind Sailor | Lion’s Mane Jellyfish | Lophelia Pertusa | Moon Jelly | Sea Pens | Sea Whip Coral


Stalked Tunicates


Bat Star | Blood Star | Burrowing Sea Cucumber | California Stichopus | Christmas Anemone | Giant Green Anemone | Leather Star | Ochre Star | Plumose Anemone | Proliferating Anemone | Purple Sea Urchin | Red Sea Urchin | Sand Dollar | Strawberry Anemone | Sunflower Star | Venus Flytrap Anemone


Giant Pacific Octopus | Giant Squid | Humboldt Squid | Lewis’s Moon Snail | Red Octopus | Sea Lemon


Mammals are warm-blooded vertebrates. Their bodies are usually covered (at least partially) by fur or hair. Females give birth to live young and nurse them by secreting milk. Mammals are classified into twenty-one separate groups, only some of which are represented here.

Bats (Chiroptera)

Silver-haired Bat | Townsend’s Big-Eared Bat

Carnivores (Carnivora)

Cougar | Black Bear | Bobcat | Canada Lynx | Coyote | Ermine | Gray Fox | Gray Wolf | Grizzly Bear | North American River Otter | Northern Sea Otter | Raccoon | Red Fox | Southern Sea Otter | Striped Skunk

Cetaceans (Cetacea)

Blue Whale | Common Bottlenose Dolphin | Common Minke Whale |
Dall’s Porpoise | Gray Whale | Harbor Porpoise | Humpback Whale | Orca | Pacific Whitesided Dolphin | Risso’s Dolphin | Roughtoothed Dolphin | Sei Whale | Short-beaked Common Dolphin | Sperm Whale | Spinner Dolphin | Vaquita

Hares, Rabbits and Pikas (Lagomorpha)

Varying Hare

Even-Toed Hoofed Mammals (Artiodactyla)

Black-tailed Deer | Mountain Goat | Roosevelt Elk

Marsupials (Marsupialia)


Rodents (Rodentia)

American Beaver | California Ground Squirrel | Douglas’s Squirrel | Northern Flying Squirrel | Porcupine | Townsend Chipmunk

Pinnipeds (Pinnipedia)

California Sea Lion | Harbor Seal | Northern Elephant Seal | Steller Sea Lion

Sea Cows (Sirenia)



Reptiles are cold-blooded vertebrates which descended from amphibians. They can be distinguished by scales which protect their bodies and prevent the loss of moisture. Most reptiles reproduce by laying eggs. Reptiles are classified into four separate groups, only one of which is represented here.


Green sea turtle | Olive ridley sea turtle | Loggerhead Sea Turtle | Western pond turtle



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