PHOTOS: Coin-Size Frog Found -- One of World's Smallest

PHOTOS: Coin-Size Frog Found -- One of World's Smallest
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In Peru's southern mountain scrublands, field assistant Eduardo Luna holds a new species of frog in the Noblella genus, first documented in a February 2009 study.

The smallest frog yet found in the Andes, the critter was discovered during a research study of the deadly chytrid fungus, which has killed frogs and salamanders around the world in recent years, said study co-author Alessandro Catenazzi, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, Berkeley.

Although the deadly fungal infection has been recorded in southern Peru, no infections were detected in the new frog species.

That's because chytrid usually strikes frogs that rely on water for their reproductive cycle, Catenazzi said.

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—Photograph courtesy Alessandro Catenazzi
 
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