Random Special Species Generator

Use this generator to create completely new species which you can then draw and explore!

Interested in the launch of the Special Species educational tool?

We have three opportunities for teachers (click the links to get involved):

  1. Submit your school details to receive Special Species when it is launched (click here)
  2. Take part in the trial and evaluation process ahead of launch (click here)
  3. Join our steering committee (click here)

Every species has its own unique scientific name that is chosen by the individual or team that discovers it. The name usually reflects something about the species itself.

Carl Linnaeus came up with the 'binomial' naming system, which means two names. Every species is known by two names - we are Homo sapiens (meaning man thinking, or wise).

The Basic Generator

Word type English/Latin
Body Part:

How to make a Special Species

Arachna rhodobrachi
Arachna rhodobrachi

Click the button above and you'll generate three words (e.g. spider, red, arm). It's your job to draw this new species!

Once its drawn, it's now time to give it a proper scientific name using the latin/greek words. For the example above, the words are: arach, rhodo, brachi. It's good to give it a two-part name. Ours could be 'Arachna rhodobrachi!'

Don't be afraid to add or subtract letters to make the names sound better.

Now you should think deeper about your special species.

  • Where does it live?
  • What does it eat and what eats it?
  • What is its life cycle?
  • Why does it have that special characteristic (e.g. a red arm)?

We also have the ULTIMATE generator below for more experienced Special Species creators...

The Ultimate Generator:

Word type English/Latin
Body Part:

With the ultimate generator, you are free to think deeper about what the species is that you are describing.
You might want to only select three of the generated words to create a new species.