10 of the smallest animals on Earth – Business Insider

Here are 10 of the smallest animals on Earth, according to Business Insider:

  1. Pygmy shrew (Suncus etruscus): Measuring just 1.1 to 1.5 inches (2.8 to 3.8 centimeters) long and weighing about 0.07 ounces (2 grams), the pygmy shrew is the smallest land mammal in the world. It is found in Europe and Asia.
    Pygmy shrew animal
  2. Bumblebee bat (Craseonycteris thonglongyai): This tiny bat is found in Thailand and is only about 1.3 inches (3.3 centimeters) long and weighs about 0.07 ounces (2 grams). It is the smallest bat in the world.
    Bumblebee bat animal
  3. Paedophryne amauensis (Paedophryne amauensis): This frog is found in New Guinea and is only about 0.3 inches (8 millimeters) long, making it the smallest known vertebrate animal.
    Paedophryne amauensis frog
  4. Paedophryne dekot (Paedophryne dekot): This frog is also found in New Guinea and is very similar to Paedophryne amauensis. It is only slightly larger, measuring about 0.37 inches (9 millimeters) long.
    Paedophryne dekot frog
  5. Nanophrynus pictus (Nanophrynus pictus): This frog is found in Sri Lanka and is about 0.4 inches (10 millimeters) long. It is the smallest frog in Asia.
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  6. Mayfly (Order Ephemeroptera): Mayflies are insects that live for only a few hours or days as adults. The smallest mayfly is the fairy shrimp mayfly (Micronecta scholtzi), which is found in Australia and measures about 0.04 inches (1 millimeter) long.
    Mayfly insect
  7. Fairyfly (Order Strepsiptera): Fairyflies are parasitic insects that live on other insects. The smallest fairyfly is the fairyfly wasp (Trigonotylus wilsoni), which is found in Australia and measures about 0.03 inches (0.8 millimeters) long.
    Fairyfly insect
  8. Springtail (Order Collembola): Springtails are small insects that can jump by using a spring-like structure on their abdomen. The smallest springtail is the pygmy springtail (Arrhopalites minutus), which is found in Europe and measures about 0.02 inches (0.5 millimeters) long.
    Springtail insect
  9. Water bear (Tardigrada): Water bears are microscopic animals that can survive in extreme environments. The smallest water bear is the tardigrade Ramazzottius varieornatus, which is found in Europe and measures about 0.01 inches (0.2 millimeters) long.
    Water bear animal
  10. Mite (Arachnida): Mites are tiny arachnids that can be found in a variety of habitats. The smallest mite is the tardigrade-associated mite (Echiniscus microporus), which is found in Europe and measures about 0.004 inches (0.1 millimeter) long.
    Mite animal

These are just a few of the many tiny animals that live on Earth. These animals are fascinating and show us just how diverse life can be.

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