When world-building, one of the most enjoyable yet hard things to do is populate your world. Enjoyable in that you have things living in your world, and hard in that you want something a little less stereotypical and unique in order to make your work stand out.
Building up a fantasy world, much of what we read is influenced by the stories of Tolkien and Lewis. Everyone thinks of elves, giants, dragons, dwarfs, orcs, and the myriad of smaller life forms that end in ‘yads’.
Thankfully, Wikipedia has a rather extensive list, starting at A and heading all the way up to Z.
And the list shows that many types of fantastical creatures are common across the vast regions of the world. Even the animals that they attribute some events to have commonality. Seems we have a lot in common no matter where we live in the world =)
Is there a lesser-known hybrid creature that you like?