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25 August 2010

NEW TROPICAL FROG SPECIES, AMONG THE SMALLEST IN THE WORLD



The tiny frog (known adults between 10.6 and 12.8 mm; about the size of a pea) was discovered by Dr. Indraneil Das and Dr. Alexander Haas in the forests of the Matang Range, Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo. the description appeared this month in the journal  Zootaxa. Dr. Indraneil Das is leading a team within the Lost Frogs Campaing, of Conservation International. 
The frog lives in close association with a pitcher plant (Nepenthes ampullaria) from which the species takes the name (Microhyla nepenthicola).  The larvae of this frog develop inside these plants, after the frogs deposit the eggs on the sides of the pitcher. 
As in similar situations around the tropics, scientists who saw specimens of this frog in the past thought they were juveniles of another species. 

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