The micro frog from Borneo is small, but not as small as a frog found in the New Guinean rainforest. This frog is 0.27 inches long; the size of a fly! Can you imagine that! It may be the world's smallest vertebrate. Its small size is related to its habitat. It lives within the leaf litter on the floor of the rainforest.
It is hard to find these frogs since they blend in so well with the leaf litter and their calls are similar to insects, not frogs. The scientists really had to be very diligent to find them.
It seems that these micro frogs are filling niches that no other animal fills. These frogs eat very tiny invertebrates that live in the leaf litter such as mites, which are much smaller than what other frogs eat. The larger predators don't have an interest in these small animals. It is interesting how these tiny frogs represent structural units of ecosystems that were previously unrecognized.
Every animal has a job in nature and the interconnectedness of all parts of nature is amazing to me! Since amphibians are the most threatened species on our planet with one-third of them on the verge of extinction, we need to do what we can to protect them. #frogs