Teensy Weensy!: The World's New Smallest Vertebrate

January 12, 2012


Plus they can stop on a dime.

According to a research article published by the University of Louisiana, this is the recently discovered New Guinea Paedophryne amauensis, the world's new smallest vertebrate. Which -- come on -- show a little backbone, will ya? Haha, that was an Indiana Jones quote. You know, from the scene where he's in the airplane and the pilot's pet snake is between his legs. Indy hates snakes! Me? I hate everything.

Averaging less than one-third of an inch (7.7 millimeters) in length, the frogs are able to fit in the center of a U.S. dime.

Paedophryne amauensis steals its tiny crown from Paedocypris progenetica, an Indonesian fish that averages over eight millimeters in length.

Wow, could you imagine being that small? The world would seem so giant. But to us humans, it's tiny. I mean, we can travel around the entire planet in like, what, 80 days now? Technology!

World's Tiniest Vertebrate, Paedophryne Amauensis Frog, Discovered In New Guinea [huffingtonpost]
Ecological Guild Evolution and the Discovery of the World's Smallest Vertebrate [plosone] (official scientific mumbo-jumbo paper)

Thanks to Rev Dr Dom, who found an even smaller frog in his soup one time but didn't tell anybody because he really likes the restaurant's dessert and didn't want them to get closed down.

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