World's smallest known vertebrate


18 Responses to “World's smallest known vertebrate”

  1. Michael Sheehan says:

    A great story. The exasperated leaf-grabbing is wonderful.

  2. Vnend says:

    Wow, that’s tiny.

    My father-in-law will be delighted but envious.

  3. raresaturn says:

    wow that’s a huge coin!

  4. I think there may be a smaller vertebrate. This little fish might be longer than the frog, but I bet it weighs less.

  5. Nagurski says:

    I thought spring peepers were tiny. This is a triumph of tinosity.

  6. william beaty says:

    Smallest adult.     How small are the babies at the point when they’ve absorbed their tails?

    Instead of springtime hoards of baby toads sweeping across towns in upstate NY, you’d have a sort of black powder which sweeps across …a dollar bill.

    • Beanolini says:

      How small are the babies

      Apparently, related species hatch at 2.5mm length (they have no free-swimming tadpole stage).

      Incidentally, it’s ‘amauensis’ (after the village of Amau), not ‘amanuensis’ as above- that means something quite different.

      • Rich Keller says:

        I misread it as amanuensis, originally.
        Okay, the name makes sense now. I was wondering how something so diminutive could take short hand. I thought maybe they laid their eggs in the steno pool.

  7. That vertebrate must have small vertebrae.

  8. dhelling says:

    The comment about smallest adult above is a good one.  Here’s a  pic I took of a somewhat smaller frog (I would assume a juvenile)  in a flower that I noticed in a Buddhist monastery in  Hue Vietnam.  I thought  it was a bug until it started hopping around and stood still just long enough for the photo.

  9. It may be small but it has backbone.  So watch your step!

  10. Jake0748 says:

    Those little froggies are REALLY quick. Even better, they can stop on a dime!

  11. sean says:

    You can’t trust scientists, what with all the global warming hokum. Maybe they made a giant coin to make a normal frog look tiny. Plus I don’t recall this frog being mentioned in the bible.

  12. awjt says:

    That little froggy is suuuuuper cute!!~~!!  LIKE!!!

  13. jackie31337 says:

    In keeping with the principle that anything diminutive is automatically cute, my first thought on seeing this frog was “squeeeeeeeee!”

  14. piminnowcheez says:

    I’m thinking it must be the smallest *terrestrial* vertebrate, no?  Surely there are smaller fish?

  15. Guest says:

    Surely they’ve located a smaller backbone? I can think of a certain former MA governor in the news lately….

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