Centimeter-long pygmy frog discovered in Peru’s Manu National Park

Peruvian and German herpetologists have discovered one of the world’s smallest frogs – and the smallest amphibian yet known to the Andes – in Peru’s National Manu Park, located in the departments of Cuzco and Madre de Dios, daily El Comercio reported Wednesday.

The full story on the frogs can be found on WildlifeExtra.com.

Because of its minute size – it is the tiniest frog ever to be found above 3,000 meters – scientists Edgar Lehr of Dresden’s Senckenberg Natural History Collections and Peruvian-Swiss Alessanfro Catenazzi of Berkeley University have named the new species Noblella pygmaea, or Noble’s Pygmy Frog.

More than 10 other frog species have been discovered in Cuzco’s cloud forests over the past two years.

The Manu National Park – one of the world’s largest protected areas and a UNESCO Humankind Natural Hertiage site since 1987 – is one of the most biologically diverse places on earth, and is home to over 1 million species of insects, 1,000 species of birds, 300 species of trees, 120 types of fish, and countless other life forms.

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