“Smallest frog in the old world has a big name”

For years scientists had seen this tiny colrful frog. He was so small that they assumed he was an young frog.

Surprise!  urns out when DNA analysis was run it proved to be a  previously unidentified frog.

This microhylid frog is the smallest frog in the Old World (Asia, Africa and Europe).
It lives and breeds in the pitchers plants (Nepenthes ampullaria) of the heath forests in Borneo. It is unusual in that only a few amphibians have been recorded breeding in pitchers.  This species displays less webbing on its hind limbs, perhaps in order to better climb the slippery sides of pitcher plants.

They have long hind legs, a short body, webbed digits (fingers or toes), protruding eyes and no tail.

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