He describes a creature he calls the martihora, but this word was later corrupted to manticore,its common name today. He said it had the face of a man, the body of a lion and a sting on the end of its tail. It could shoot out spines and these spines were deadly, unless you happened to be an elephant. Commentators generally think Ctesias was describing a tiger, because there was a belief that this beast could shoot its whiskers at adversaries. However, I assume he was working only from descriptions and not very good ones if that was the case.