Of seven newly found frogs that were discovered in the Western Ghats biodiversity hotspot in India, four species of the amphibious creatures, commonly referred to as night frogs, are some of the smallest ever found.
The smallest of the four tiny frogs is the Robin Moore’s Night Frog, which only comes in at about 12.2 millimeters long, while the largest of the four miniature frogs is still only 15.4 millimeters long. But though tiny in size, the new species are relatively abundant, according to a study published in PeerJ.
“The miniature species are locally abundant and fairly common but they have probably been overlooked because of their extremely small size, secretive habitats and insect-like calls,” says researcher Sonali Garg, a doctoral student at the University of Delhi.
That’s right, these little guys could be mistaken for insects, as they produce a call that sounds similar to that of a cricket’s chirp.
Unfortunately, five of the seven new species may be in danger, as they are “facing considerable anthropogenic threats and require immediate conservation prioritization,” according to University of Delhi’s SD Biju.