Origin: Persian Mythology, it’s name was “man-eater”.
Description: similar to the Sphinx. It has the body of a red lion, a human head with 3 rows of sharp teeth (like a shark), and a trumpet-like voice. Other aspects differ from story to story. It may be horned, winged, or both. The tail is that either of a dragon or a scorpion, and it may shoot poisonous spines to either paralyze or kill its victims. It devours its prey whole and leaves no clothes, bones, or possessions of the prey left behind.
Story: a manticore features as medieval sixteenth century graffiti on the wall of North Cerney church in Gloucestershire, it was seen as an unholy hybrid of the zodiacal signs of Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius.