Think of records and most people instantly think of human achievements. Who is the fastest from here to there, and who is the fastest a little further. The highest jumper and the furthest thrower of a spear, because if you cant throw accurately you might as well throw a long way. But what about animal world records?
That’s right. We share this planet with a plethora of creatures, great and small. Among each of them they can create their own records. But what if it were a no holds barred contest between them? Well, this is where this list comes in. Here are some of the most spectacular animal world records we could find.
1 The Worlds Smallest Frogs
Two of the worlds smallest frogs have recently been discovered in Papua New Guinea, and they are smaller than an M&M. The scientific name for one of these frogs is Paedophryne dekot. Dekot comes from the native Daga language meaning very small. They are between 8.5 mm to 9 mm long.
The second, and slightly larger frog at between 8.8mm and 9.3mm long is Paedophryne verrucosa. Verrucosa is Latin for “full of warts,” due to it’s bumpy skin.
They are not only the worlds smallest frog, but also the worlds smallest tetrapods. Tetrapods are vertebrates with four legs. For the record the smallest vertebrate known in the world is Paedocypris progenetica, which is a fish native to Southeast Asia. A mature female progenetica measures only 7.9mm in length.
The frogs were discovered by scientists who heard their calls and zeroed in on them. They had to catch them with their bare hands, which by all accounts was difficult as they behaved much like crickets in that they jump up and land a long way from where they originally were.