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Houbytška L.
Houbytška L.

The male is much smaller than the female, and when he sees a female, he climbes onto her back and stays there, because they are so tiny they maybe wouldn't ever meet each other again in the huge rainforest :-) Cute :D

Ian M
Ian M

Unfortunately the only thing i see coming from this discover is a new craze in developed natures for this miniature creature.

Corey Bryant
Corey Bryant

Island drawfism seems logical.. Each generation is smaller and smaller because of lack of food and other resources, and somehow they hold on, just getting smaller..

Kamron J.
Kamron J.

I find it fascinating that the creature this small maintains the structure of the large variety.  Often such miniature scale seems to produce a different and less complex structure.  Look at its complex eyes, skeletal structure and typical chameleon chromatophore.  Basically as if a shrink ray existed.

charlie linebarger
charlie linebarger

There is a terrible double-edged danger here, first the forests of Madagascar are almost all gone and the mega fauna (think giant panda or African Elephant) that would have made the island famous, the elephant bird (that's right) and the giant lemur (as big as a gorilla and also a plant eater) have both been wiped out by the usual suspect since the dawn of the Christian era, in just the last 2000 years. Now we know where these little critters are we will try to protect some piece of land where they live and by the same token the international illegal wildlife syndicates will move in to catch every one they can by what ever methods work best no matter the cost to the critters' environment. From the inability of the island's government to protect anything there except its' own existence (recent coup) and the inability of the international community to protect things as big as rhinos, I think discovering and then publicizing the existence of these charmers was something akin to giving the species a death sentence. 

Ewald Lai
Ewald Lai

wow so small what did they eat?


jay jay
jay jay

Those look like they would be great for salad toppings, yum!

Jennifer Futch
Jennifer Futch

this is a great picture! Amazing to know they exist!

Soap Berries
Soap Berries

That is amazing! I've seen mosquitoes bigger than that.

Mike Lee
Mike Lee

Wow, they would make great pets....really low maintainance...they don't eat much and need very little cleaning!! :-)

Ana Eboli
Ana Eboli

@Mike Lee It's sad but that's probably the only way they will survive since humanity wants to destroy their homeland. 

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