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LSU professor discovers world's tiniest vertebrate
Date:1/11/2012

extreme size in vertebrates might be associated with aquatic species, as perhaps the buoyancy offers support and facilitates the development of extremism. However, both new species of frogs Austin described are terrestrial, suggesting that living in water is not necessary for small body size.

"The ecosystems these extremely small frogs occupy are very similar, primarily inhabiting leaf litter on the floor of tropical rainforest environments," said Austin. "We now believe that these creatures aren't just biological oddities, but instead represent a previously undocumented ecological guild they occupy a habitat niche that no other vertebrate does."


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Contact: Ashley Berthelot
aberth4@lsu.edu
225-578-3870
Louisiana State University
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