Sunday, August 29, 2010

From the Inbox: Frogs:World's Smallest Frog

Dear Friend,

We know it hasn’t been long since we last sent you an e-mail about our hunt for lost amphibians. But we wanted you to be among the first people to hear this breaking news: Scientists have discovered a remarkable new frog – one of the world’s tiniest – on the southeastern Asian island of Borneo.

Can you find the froglet?

Adult males of this new species, Microhyla nepenthicola, are about 10 millimeters long, or close to the size of a pea. They were discovered in Bornean swamp forests in and around pitcher plants. In a remarkable symbiosis, the frogs deposit their eggs on the sides of the pitcher plant, and tadpoles grow in the liquid cavities.

Tell your friends about the world's smallest frog.

Scientists’ discovery of this astounding species offers new hope for the success of the Search for the Lost Frogs. In fact, one of the scientists who helped find Microhyla nepenthicola, Dr. Indraneil Das at the University of Malaysia, Sarawak, is leading a Lost Frogs team.

With such talent out in the field combining with your support, the search is already off to an auspicious start. We at Conservation International (CI) promise to keep you in the loop.

Thanks, friend!

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Robin Moore

Robin Moore
Amphibian Conservation Officer

Header Photo: © Prof. Indraneil Das/ Institute of Biodiversity and Environmental ConservationFrog on penny: © Prof. Indraneil Das/ Institute of Biodiversity and Environmental Conservation

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