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Friday, February 24, 2012

The World's Smallest Chameleon Found in Madagascar

Brookesia Micra. (Picture from: http://www.amusingplanet.com/)
Chameleon for some people is a disgusting animal. But the world's smallest chameleon species newly found on an island near Madagascar is so adorable, so everyone will like it.

The world's smallest chameleon is Brookesia Micra, which was discovered by a group of scientists in northern Madagascar jungle expeditions throughout 2003-2007. Researchers must penetrate the forest at night to find this little lizard. Understandably, these animals are found only in the evening silence.

Location of the animal life is located at an altitude of 10 cm of the soil. Therefore, researchers need to bend down to see the lizard mini. Once seen, researchers can easily lift this beast like picking strawberries.

Researchers found four species of lizards mini. "Three of them are new species," said lead researcher of the Museum of Natural History, Munich, Frank Glaw, yesterday.
(Picture from: http://www.amusingplanet.com/)
A very small lizard size complicate researchers found differences in each species. Then they should check the chameleon's body using a magnifying glass.

Brookesia Micra is the smallest species. Chameleon has a peak nose-anus length of about 16 millimeters, or slightly larger than the bulb end of the match. The average length from nose to tip of tail peak of about 30 millimeters. Researchers estimated this beast can reach the size now as a case of extreme body size reduction is called miniaturization is happening in their habitat.

The smallest chameleon interesting study, because researchers want to know the extent to which organs can be shrunk and still support the life of vertebrates.

Until now, researchers do not yet know the limits of miniaturization of animals. Therefore, still open the chance of finding a chameleon species that are smaller than Brookesia Micra. *** [LIVESCIENCE | ANTON WILLIAM | KORAN TEMPO 3795]
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