Sunday, March 18, 2012
Smallest Reptile: Brookesia micro sets world record (Photos)
MADAGASCAR--A new species of chameleon, Brookesia micra, has been found in Madagascar and reportedly measures less than 1.3 inches (33 millimeters)
- setting the new world record for the Smallest Reptile,
according to World Record Academy: www.worldrecordacademy.com/.
Photo: The newest edition to the reptile family is barely bigger than the head of a match. Photo: PLoS ONE
The Guinness world record for the largest crocodilian in the world is the estuarine or saltwater crocodile (Crocodylus porosus), which ranges throughout the tropical regions of Asia and the Pacific. The Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary in Orissa State, India, houses four protected estuarine crocodiles measuring more than 6 m (19 ft 8 in) in length, the largest being over 7 m (23 ft) long.
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the oldest reptile fossil, nicknamed `Lizzie the Lizard', a stem-amniote or reptiliomorph, who was found on a site in Scotland by palaeontologist Stan Wood in March 1988. The 20.3-cm (8-in) long reptile is estimated to be about 340 million years old, 40 million years older than previously discovered reptiles.
Lead researcher Frank Glaw said the team already had experience finding tiny lizards in Madagascar, "but it was also good luck."
The chameleons were found on a small islet just off of the Madagascar mainland called Nosy Hara.
According to Frank Glaw, lead author of the new paper and a researcher at the Zoological State Collection of Munich, the dwarf gecko's snout-vent length is at most 18 mm, with a total length of 33 mm (1.3 inches).
Photo: Even full grown this chameleon isn't bigger than a scientists' fingernail. Photo Credit: PLoS ONE (enlarge photo)
The field work for this research has been supported by the Volkswagen Foundation and the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria. Lab work received funding by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (grant VE247/3-1).
Researchers now wish to focus on the conservation of these little critters, who are at risk because of deforestation in Madagascar.
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Largest crocodile captured: Lolong The Crocodile (Video)
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Oldest living animal: 178-year-old tortoise
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Largest Fossil Spider: 165-million-year-old fossil
Most ears on a cat: Luntya The Cat (Video)
Loudest Cat: Smokey The Cat (Video)
Largest natural abalone pearl: Abalone "horn" pearl
Longest Cat: Stewie
Longest recorded migration of any mammal: Humpback Whale
Smalles Cow: Swallow
Smartest monkey: Kanzi the 'talking' Ape
Horse: Einstein the Horse
Horse: Lukas the Horse
ducklings hatched: mallard duck
Rabbit: Darius the Rabbit
Pig: Oscar the Pig
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Animal Migration - The Arctic Tern
genetically engineered trout: Sean Konrad
bullock: The Field Marshall
expensive cow: Missy
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cat: Scarlett's Magic
Largemouth Bass: Manabu Kurita
Sunday, March 18, 2012 2:41 PM