World's smallest known vertebrate

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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. 
    http://www.nhm.ac.uk/about-us/news/2006/jan/news_7501.html

  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.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/dhelling01/561616532/

  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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