An article in the August, 2010 issue of Zootaxa announces that a recently discovered frog is the smallest species in the Eastern Hemisphere. Known only as Microhyla nepenthicola, the minute native of Borneo is barely the size of a green pea! Interestingly, specimens have been in museum collections for over 100 years, but they were believed to be immature individuals of other species.
A Pitcher Plant Specialist
The tiny amphibian breeds in a unique habitat – the water contained in the base of pitcher plants. Pitcher “ponds”, which serve to drown insects that are digested by the plants, support miniature ecosystems inhabited by insect larvae, snails, crabs, algae and other organisms. Read More »