Newly-discovered pea-sized froggie lives inside carnivorous pitcher plants

Researchers have found and identified a new species of frog, the size of a pea: Microhyla nepenthicola. For the past century, this critter was previously thought to be the infant form of another frog species. It resides inside carnivorous pitcher plants in Borneo. And, occasionally, on the tips of the endangered Blackwing Pencil.

Here is the National Geographic News story, and photo gallery.

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  1. This is a direct result of the earlier discovery that the Triceratops is the juvenile of another species. These frogs turn out to be not infants but their own species in order to preserve the Law of Conservation of Species that are Not Young Forms of Another Species. It’s simple physics.

  2. Surprising error:

    These aren’t carnivorous pitcher plants. Oh, they’re sure related, all right, but these Nepenthes are omnivorous, and if anything, they’re primarily plant-eaters! Yes, they’ve basically switched from eating insects to eating plant debris that falls into the pitchers. Fascinating! Interestingly, this is probably part of why the frogs are able to live there, since they’ve lost many of their escape-prevention mechanisms with this dietary switch.

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