Frog of the Week

Miniscule Frog (Mini scule)

Miniscule Frog
photo by Mark D. Scherz and Sam Hyde Roberts

Common Name: Miniscule Frog
Scientific Name: Mini scule
Family: Microhylidae – Narrow Mouthed Frog family
Locations: Madagascar
Size: 0.33 – 0.42 inches (8.4 – 10.8 mm)

The Miniscule Frog is one of the smallest frogs in the world. It lives in the deep leaf litter near permanent streams in the Saint Luce Reserve in Southeast Madagascar. Not much is known about its life history due to it being really hard to find and see.

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List has not assessed the Miniscule Frog yet. The researchers who described the frog believe that they should be categorized as Critical Endangered. The frog’s range is estimated at only 10 square kilometers.

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