Paedophryne amauensis

Smallest frog! The size of a ladybug that can settle on the tip of your pinkie with room to spare

This tiny creature is the smallest known animal with a backbone in the world. Discovered in 2009, Paedophryne amanuensis is a small amphibian that lives alone in leaf litter. It is well camouflaged among leaves on the forest floor and has evolved calls resembling those of insects, making it hard to spot.

But size is not everything. This minuscule animal is an incredibly good jumper and can hop as much as 30 times its body length with one go. But that’s not all. This frog hatches out as a hopper and lives on the ground rather than hatching as a tadpole and living in the water.


Population est.
Papua New Guinea
Main Island Group

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size)/ Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No