Scientists Just Discovered Three Adorably Tiny New Salamanders

Main report: Newly discovered salamander species, world’s smallest, already endangered
(UC Berkeley News)
Other Reporting: Futurity, Gizmodo
Scientific Paper: Peer J   
New Taxa: Thorius pinicola, Thorius longicaudus, Thorius tlaxiacus
Categories: Amphibians | New Species
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Three new salamanders have been discovered in the genus Thorius.   Adults of which are smaller than a matchstick.  They are, in fact, the smallest four-legged tailed organism on Earth, and their miniaturized bodies are highly unusual for vertebrates, with structures for feeding being among the most prominent.  Tragically, all three species appear to be edging toward extinction.

Adult and juvenile Thorius troglodytes from montane cloud forest in Veracruz, Mexico. Adults of this species are about the name size as the three newly described species of Thorius. All images courtesy of James Hanken

Adult and juvenile Thorius troglodytes from montane cloud forest in Veracruz, Mexico. Adults of this species are about the name size as the three newly described species of Thorius. All images courtesy of James Hanken

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