When it comes to nature’s creations, the ones that amaze us the most are those fascinating tiny animals.From all animals they seem to make the top with a wide range of colors, or just plain cuteness.
Some of these animals we can only really appreciate when we can see them through the eyes of a zooming camera lense. Their tiny size makes them almost invisible to the naked eye. Others fit right into the palm of a hand.
Pygmy Marmoset (Cebuella pygmaea)
The pygmy marmoset is the smallest monkey and one of the smallest primates on Earth. It weighs just over 100 grams (3.5 oz). These fascinating tiny animals are part of a group called “New World monkeys”.
There are five families of primates in this group and their homes are in the tropical regions of Central and South America and Mexico: Callitrichidae, Cebidae, Aotidae, Pitheciidae, and Atelidae.
New World monkeys descend from African simians that colonized South America, a line that split off about 40 million years ago. You might also like Earth’s strangest natural wonders.
This fascinating tiny animal is also a new species
Madame Berthe’s mouse lemur (Microcebus berthae) is Earth’s smallest primate and also the smallest mouse lemur. Its home is in the Kirindy Forest in western Madagascar. The lemur has an average body length is 9.2 cm (3.6 in), and its seasonal weight is around 30 g (1.1 oz).
This fascinating tiny animal is a new species that came about through extensive evolution. Which was caused by unknown environmental mechanisms and conditions. Comparative morphometric and genetic studies revealed its status as a new species, M. berthae. The primate was first discovered in 1992 and is named after conservationist and primatologist Berthe Rakotosamimanana of Madagascar.
It’s easy to be fascinated by dragonflies. After all, they are among the first winged insects that evolved over 300 million years ago. They have two sets of wings that work independently. Which allows them to maneuver effortlessly through the air. This might be why they are capable of migrating across the oceans. And with a maximum speed of 10–15 metres/second (22–34 mph), and an average cruising speed of about 4.5 metres/second (10 mph), it is quite an accomplishment.
Furthermore, they can move in any direction and change direction suddenly. An adult dragonfly can propel itself in six directions during flight. That is upward, downward, forward, backward, to the left and to the right. You might like reading Gulf of Mexico’s dead zone grew to size of New Jersey
Japanese dwarf flying squirrel (Pteromys momonga)
Here is another one of those adorable, fascinating tiny animals.
This squirrel is one of two species of Old World flying squirrels and is native to Japan.
It has a membrane connecting its wrists and ankles which allows it to glide from tree to tree.
With a size of up to 20 cm (8 in) in length and weighing only 150–220g, it is much smaller than Japanese giant flying squirrel. That one weighs up to 1500g in comparison.
One of the most fascinating tiny animals is Paedocypris
This tiny fish lives in Southeast Asia and is the smallest known species of fish in the world. The measurement of the smallest mature female is 9.7 mm and 10.3mm for the largest known individual. They live in the peat swamps of Indonesia and Malaysia where their small size helps them to survive extreme droughts. They can live in small remaining puddles that are 100 times more acidic than rainwater.
Topping the cuteness of fascinating tiny animals the Northern Pudú
The Northern Pudú is a rare and tiny deer in the Andes of Colombia, Peru, and Ecuador. It is the world’s smallest deer, because it only grows 32 to 35 cm (13 to 14 in) tall at the shoulder. And its weight is only 3.3 to 6 kg (7.3 to 13.2 lb).
Due to its secretive nature, this solitary animal’s behaviour in the wild is largely unknown. Other than to mate, the Pudú does not interact socially and easily frightens. It will bark when in fear, and shivers with its fur bristled when angered. A popular rumor is that if alarmed to a high degree, pudús die from fear-induced cardiac complications.
The Brookesia micra Chameleon
The cute little Brookesia micra is a chameleon species and lives on the island of Nosy Hara in Antsiranana, Madagascar. With a length of up to 29 mm (1.1 in) it is the smallest chameleon, and one of the smallest reptiles.
This frog species lives in Papua New Guinea. It is a newly described frog species and listed in the Top 10 New Species 2013. Its has a short length of 7.7 mm (0.30 in), which makes it the world’s smallest known vertebrate.
The bumblebee bat
The most adorable of the world of fascinating tiny animals has got to be the bumblebee bat. This little bat also goes by the name of Kitti’s hog-nosed bat and is native to western Thailand and southeast Myanmar. There it lives in limestone caves along the rivers. This bat is the smallest species of bat and possibly even the smallest mammal. Although there is still a discussion about that.
Kitti’s hog-nosed bat is only 29 to 33 mm (1.1 to 1.3 in) long and weighs about 2 g (0.071 oz). Thus the common name “bumblebee bat”. Its competitor over the title of “smallest mammal” is the Etruscan shrew. Due to the shrew’s slightly lighter weight, but also slightly longer body, the winner of that title is not yet clear. You might also like Rare genetic mutations that can be found in nature
Next on the list of fascinating tiny animals is the blind snake
Barbados threadsnake (Leptotyphlops carlae) is the world’s smallest snake species. Its home is on the Caribbean island of Barbados as well as the islands of Antigua and Barbuda. This tiny snake is about 10 cm, (3.94 inches) long and is a species of blind threadsnake.
Nobody knows much about the ecology, abundance, or distribution of this species. Since it is very likely that this snake requires a forest habitat, its continued survival is of concern. Because no original forest remains in Barbados, its distribution is only in the eastern part of the island.
Dwarf lanternshark (Etmopterus perryi)
Another one of fascinating tiny animals is the dwarf lanternshark. It is a little-known species of dogfish shark and it is possibly the smallest shark on Earth with a length of 20 cm (7.9 in).
The shark lives only on the upper continental slopes off Colombia and Venezuela, at a depth of 283–439 m (928–1,440 ft). Due to the complete darkness in such a depth the shark is capable to produce its own light. The biofluorescence comes from distinctive array of photophores in some of its ventral black markings. This makes the tiny shark shine like a lantern in the deep dark. Thus the name “lanternshark”.
The western pygmy blue (Brephidium exilis or Brephidium exile)
Quite a little jewel in a box full of fascinating tiny animals is this little butterfly. It might be just one of the smallest in the world, but it is the smallest in North America. The butterfly’s wingspan is only 12 – 20 mm and this makes it almost impossible to spot.