Cryptid

A cryptid is a creature whose existence is debated.  This covers a wide range of animals from the fantastical (yeti, chupacabra, Loch Ness monster) to the the questionable extinct (ivory-billed woodpecker), to animals living outside of their natural range (ABCs, or abnormally big cats of England).

The study of cryptids is cryptozoology.  The lessor studied field of cryptobotany studies plants (like the man-eating tree of South America).

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