27 Feb '17, 12pm

Tiny frog species discovered (and this photographer gets one named after him!)

Frog species are disappearing worldwide, so news about these amphibians tends to be dire. So it's refreshing to see a set of seven new species of teensy, tiny frogs discovered. According to PhysOrg : Scientists from India have discovered seven new frog species belonging to the genus Nyctibatrachus , commonly known as Night Frogs. This find is a result of five years of extensive explorations in the Western Ghats global biodiversity hotspot in India. Four out of seven of the new species are miniature-sized frogs (12.2-15.4 mm), which can comfortably sit on a coin or a thumbnail. These are among the smallest known frogs in the world. The tiny frogs have likely been overlooked because of their extraordinarily small size. They also tend to hide under leaf litter, rather than at a stream's edge like so many other frog species. They also have insect-like calls, which may have con...

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