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3 years ago

World's Tiniest Chameleon Discovered

Brookesia micra may represent the limit of miniaturization possible for a vertebrate with complex eyes

 

 

A species of chameleon small enough to easily perch on a match head has been discovered on a tiny island off Madagascar, a group of scientists has announced.

In addition to the discovery of Brookesia micra, now the tiniest chameleon ever discovered, the researchers also announced the discovery of three additional tiny chameleon species.

Adult males of the B. micra species grow to only just over a half-inch (16 millimeters) from nose to bottom, making them one of the smallest vertebrates ever found on Earth.

From nose to tail, adults of both sexes grow to only 1 inch (30 mm) in length.

Lead researcher Frank Glaw said the team already had experience finding tiny lizards in Madagascar, "but it was also good luck."

The team searched for the tiny lizards under the cover of darkness, using headlamps and flashlights to seek out the sleeping chameleons. All four species are active during the day, and at night climb up into the branches to sleep.

But for such tiny critters, "up into the branches" means a mere 4 inches (10 centimeters) off the ground, Glaw told OurAmazingPlanet, so finding them is no easy task. However, once spotted, the tiny lizards aren't tough to catch, Glaw said.

"They are sleeping and you can just pick them up. It's like picking a strawberry, so it's easy," Glaw said. "They do not move at all at night."

The team of scientists found the tiny reptiles in Madagascar's wild northern regions during expeditions between 2003 and 2007. For three of the species, "we immediately identified them as new species," said Glaw, a veteran herpetologist and curator at the Museum of Natural History in Munich.

"In general, these tiny chameleons are so small that it's really hard to see the small differences with the naked eye," he said.

The researchers warn that at least two of the newly-discovered chameleon species are extremely threatened because of habitat loss and deforestation in Madagascar.

Glaw, who has been going to Madagascar to research its ever-expanding list of amphibians and reptiles for a quarter century, said that B. micra may represent the limit of miniaturization possible for a vertebrate with complex eyes, but said it's impossible to know for sure since each time scientists have proclaimed the discovery of the tiniest one yet, another, tinier species appears.

"Maybe there's a potential for a smaller species," Glaw said.

Another group of researchers recently announced the discovery of the world's smallest frog species in Papua New Guinea. The scientists also declared it the world's smallest vertebrate, but others contend that a species of angler fish is the smallest vertebrate yet discovered on Earth.

Glaw is planning another expedition to the region of Madagascar in November.

"I'm sure there are many surprises awaiting discovery," he said.

The research is published in the Feb. 15 issue of the open access journal PLoS ONE

 

 

 A juvenile of the tiniest chameleon species ever discovered perches on a researcher's fingertip. Image: PLoS

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3 years ago

I hope you had a very Happy Birthday Rose!

 

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3 years ago

Your so welcomed Dot....!

Happy Valentines' Day Birthday Lovely Rose!
3 years ago

Thanks Jon!  Rose --->

Wishing you the best year ever and a slightly

belated Happy Birthday ROSE !!!

3 years ago

Valentines Day is also Rose's Birthday everyone. She's such a sweet heart to be born on Valentines Day.

3 years ago

Happy Valentines Day, Dot Alexander!

 

 




 



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3 years ago

Happy Valentines Day Dot and all who visit this wonderful thread.

and another way of putting it* LUV
3 years ago

“A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave.” Mahatma Gandhi

A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.” Ingrid Bergman

“All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love.” Leo Tolstoy

“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret; it is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye.” Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“And think not you can Direct the course of love, For love, If it finds you worthy, Directs your course.” Kahlil Gibran

“I have found the paradox that if I love until it hurts, then there is no hurt, but only more love.” Mother Teresa

A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge.” Thomas Carlyle



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This post was modified from its original form on 13 Feb, 16:51
Messages > 2 YOU*
3 years ago

Whatever you're cooking up today, make it be LOVE! 

Saint Valentine is Happy!

- a few quotes to linger in the aromatics -

“A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave.” Mahatma Gandhi

“A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.” Ingrid Bergman

“A lady of forty-seven who had been married twenty-seven years and has six children knows what love really is and once described it for me like this: ‘Love is what you’ve been through with somebody.’” James Thurber

“All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love.” Leo Tolstoy

“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret; it is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye.” Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“And think not you can Direct the course of love, For love, If it finds you worthy, Directs your course.” Kahlil Gibran

“I have found the paradox that if I love until it hurts, then there is no hurt, but only more love.” Mother Teresa

“A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge.” Thomas Carlyle

     I LOVE YOU    

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