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This Tiny Frog Is The World's Smallest Vertebrate
2012-01-12 10:40:21

A frog species -- discovered in Papua New Guinea by US researchers -- that is less than half the size of a US dime, has been named the world´s smallest vertebrate species, smaller than a fish that won the honor in 2006. The frog, Paedophryne amauensis, which is about 7mm (0.27 in) long, was given the distinction of world´s smallest animal with a spine in Wednesday´s PLoS One journal. The researchers, led by Chris Austin of Louisiana State University made the discovery, along...

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2010-11-04 06:10:00

A tiny frog, whose body is less than a half-inch long, feeds on toxic mites and releases their poison onto its skin to deter predators from eating it, scientists studying the amphibian reported on Wednesday. The Monte Iberia Eleuth -- Eleutherodactylus iberia -- named after a mountain in Cuba which is its only known habitat, is also only one of five species of frog that share the odd ability to rob toxic alkaloids from their food and exude the compound on to their skin. The micro-frog is...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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