Reports show that the Indian forest cover has increased by 5,000 square kilometers in the last two years. These forests contain a myriad of species flourishing in the midst of this ecosystem, however, some of these species are yet to be discovered. Recently, Indian scientists have found some new species of miniature frogs that are as small as a fingernail. These miniature creatures are among the tiniest frogs ever discovered.
These tiny frogs belong to the night frog genus which is abundant in the area surveyed, but still, these species remained undetected. Scientists claim that because of their diminutive form and the insect-like chirping sounds they make, they have been probably overlooked.
As you can see in the picture above, this cute little hopper can easily crouch on a fingernail with enough room to spare.
Four of these seven species are just 1.2 cm to 1.5 cm long. They are so tiny that they needed to enlarge close-up pictures to get a better look.
These nocturnal frog species belong to an ancient frog group that dates back more than 80 million years ago.
Scientists stated in a report that five of these seven newly discovered species are already under considerable anthropogenic threats and require proper attention.
Threatened by climate change and other environmental factors, many of these species are in direct conflict with humans, which makes them prone to extinction due to lack of attention.