BEACON TRANSCRIPT-Frogs might not be the cutest animals if you think about it. Now imagine that they are smaller than your thumbnail. These tiny frogs exist and they were found in India. These new frog species have been hard to detect by scientists due to the fact that they are so small.
This tiny new frog has been found in India after a long time of searching. Scientists revealed the fact that the frogs are very small and they make a specific sound that resembles the one made by insects. This is why they were unable to find the tiny new frog species until now.
The researchers mentioned that the frogs were in large numbers in that area. Now, after adding this species, there are 35 frog species from which 7 are miniaturized. This means that those 7 species, including these newly found ones, are smaller than 0.8 inches.
The researchers mentioned that they found frogs from this new species that measure only 0.5 or 0.6 inches. They also found other species that were around 0.8 inches. Scientists were able to discover 7 new species from which 4 were the tiniest frog species ever found. These new species are all “night frogs”.
These tiny new frog species was found after more than 5 years of survey in India. The researchers mentioned that despite taking so long, the discovery is amazing. The biggest frog species that was discovered during this study has only 1.5 inches. The researchers mentioned that this discovery is very important because there are not many miniaturized frog species found.
The scientists who conducted this survey mentioned that they believe there are more frog species that have not been found yet. These night frogs that were found in India are native to the Western Ghats. This region has one of the richest biodiversity. This place is the home of hundreds of species of plants and animals.
In this place, there are more than 140 endangered species and 51 listed as critically endangered. The problem is that the future of these tiny new frog species is uncertain. The researchers mentioned that these animals are in danger and from 7 species at least 5 are going to go extinct in a few years.
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