This little guy is officially the smallest vertebrate on the planet, averaging 7.7 millimeters in size, less than one-third of an inch. Named Paedophryne amauensis, the new species of frog was discovered in Papua New Guinea, where it lives in leaf detritus on the rainforest floor.
The wee frog ousts a small Indonesian fish as the world's tiniest backboned creature. It was difficult to find partly because its high-pitched mating call sounds like that of an insect, according to the scientist who discovered it, Louisiana State University herpetologist Chris Austin. And also because it is really, really small.
Listen to the frog's micropeeps:
Along with its Lilliputian cuteness, the frog is interesting because some biologists thought an aquatic environment was necessary for the most extreme creatures — water provides buoyancy that could help support the tiniest and the largest animal frames. The previous smallest vertebrate, the carp species Paedocypris progenetica, grows to an adult size of 7.9 to 10.3 millimeters. Compare this to the 25.8-meter (85-foot) blue whale, the largest vertebrate; the subphylum Vertebrata spans three orders of magnitude. But this terrestrial frog shows that water is not necessary for extreme miniaturization.
Austin believes it occupies a rainforest niche, the moist leafy floor, that is untapped by any other vertebrates.
A paper on the new frog appears today in the journal PLoS One.
I really, really like the looks of that guy.
The ollllld gigantic dime trick eh?
LOL looks awesome. i want one. imagine this fighting an insect of the same size.
"religion is like a prison for the seekers of wisdom"
Would make a great pet! So easy to feed.
I'll take one hundred.
I shall put this little Frog into JediMindset ear and allow it to nest. JediMindset will tell me all I need to know, bra, bra ha ha ha, ringing my robotic mechanical hands in circles, bra ha ha ha.....
Science sees no further than what it can sense.
Religion sees beyond the senses.
I wonder what it eats
naw I thought I discovered this little fellah - or lady, frog the size of my fingernail - looks exactly like the Papau New Guinean frog except I found it in the Blue Mountains - same environment though jumping along the leaf litter in my backyard!