KUCHING, Malaysia, Aug. 25 (UPI) — One of the world’s tiniest frog species has been discovered in the forests of the island of Borneo, researchers say.
The smallest frog in the Old World — Africa, Asia and Europe — the minuscule amphibian is a species of microhylid, composed as the name might suggest of miniature frogs smaller than half an inch, ScienceDaily.com reported Wednesday.
The discovery was made by researchers from the Institute of Biodiversity and Environmental Conservation at the University Malaysia Sarawak and the Museum of Hamburg.
“I saw some specimens in museum collections that are over 100 years old,” Indraneil Das of the Sarawak University said.
“Scientists presumably thought they were juveniles of other species, but it turns out they are adults of this newly discovered micro species.”
The mini frogs — Microhyla nepenthicola — are just a half inch long, and finding them proved a challenge for the researchers.
The frogs were tracked by their calls and then collected for study.
The discovery was published in the taxonomy journal Zootaxa.
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