What Names Are Used For Groups Of Animals?
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Several of the animals listed in the table below may have more than one name listed for a group. It is also possible that some of the names given to a group of animals may be used for more than one animal group. For example, the word "swarm" may refer to a group of ants or a group of flies.
|Ants||Nest, army, colony, state, or swarm|
|Bees||Swarm, cluster, nest, hive, or erst|
|Eels||Swarm or bed|
|Fish||School, shoal, haul, draught, run, or catch|
|Flies||Business, hatch, grist, swarm, or cloud|
|Gnats||Swarm, cloud, or horde|
|Jellyfish||Smuck or brood|
|Locusts||Swarm, cloud, or plague|
|Minnows||Shoal, steam, or swarm|
|Sharks||School or shoal|
|Snakes||Bed, knot, den, or pit|
|Termites||Colony, nest, swarm, or broad|
|Toads||Nest, knot, or knab|
|Turtles||Bale or dole|
|Wasps||Nest, herd, or pladge|
Sources: Gray, Peter. The Encyclopedia of the Biological Sciences, p. 594; The Guinness Book of Answers, 8th ed., pp. 137-39; Famighetti, Robert, ed. The World Almanac and Book of Facts 1995, p. 594.
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