Tiny Frog Discovered Living Inside Carnivorous Plants

Scientists in Borneo have discovered a new species of frog, and think that it may be one of the world’s smallest.

Although the frog, Microhyla nepenthicola, is no bigger than the size of pea when fully grown, it lives fearlessly inside and around carnivorous pitcher plants in Malaysian rain forests.

The tiny amphibian was officially introduced to the world on Wednesday, but researchers say that they have been hiding in plain view for more than a century.

“I saw some specimens in museum collections that are over a hundred years old,” co-discoverer Indraneil Das said in a statement.

Originally, many scientists thought that the frogs were simply juveniles of other species, but now realize they are actually adults of this newly discovered microspecies.

Despite its tiny size, the frog produces a loud, distinct croak, which is why scientists were finally able to locate it.

“You often get tiny frogs making quite a noise,” said Robin Moore, a herpetologist who was not involved in the discovery told NationalGeographic.

Moore is heading a Conservation International project to rediscover a hundred species of “lost” amphibians that have been declared extinct within the past decade.

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Image Credit: Indraneil Das, Institute of Biodiversity and Environmental Conservation

451 comments

Dale Overall

Delightful and fascinating, so very intriguing!

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New G.
W. C5 years ago

Thanks for the news.

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Tierney G.
Tierney G5 years ago

What a cutie patootie! Save the frogs!!

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Tammy K.
Tammy K5 years ago

Truly remarkable!

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Bette M.
Bette M5 years ago

When I live in N.C. I came across frogs that were as small as these frog if not smaller in the forested areas & were fully grown. I was amazed at how tiny they were.

Wherever you are there once was a forest.
Plant & protect Danny's trees for life.
Trees are the lungs of the earth.

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Jim Richards
Jim R5 years ago

Sweet frog..we musy help save them!

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Brian G.
Brian G.6 years ago

Help us fight the global amphibian decline crisis! Text "frog" to 20222 to donate $5 to fight the amphibian decline crisis. www.amphibianrescue.com

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Judi O.
Judi O6 years ago

This is a wonderful discovery. It could lead to medical history if - they are not killed off. Let's try to keep this earth friendly!

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Vivianne Mosca-Clark

It is so cute. Tiny is to long a word for it. ty foe the information.

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Michael Branaman
Michael Branaman6 years ago

I imagine that it must be intense to be the first to discover a new species.-thanks

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