Wallpaper Monday

Okay, I’m cheating a little bit today. This week’s featured “wallpaper” really isn’t big enough to qualify. In fact, the largest image I could find is only 647 x 430 pixels.

But after reading news about flooding in Pakistan, a volcanic eruption in Indonesia, massive fires in Russia, and a Glenn Beck rally in Washington DC, I thought we all needed something unequivocally, inarguably wonderful to brighten our day.

So here it is:

microfrog

This little guy is Microhyla nepenthicola, a new microfrog just discovered in Borneo. It’s not quite the smallest frog in the world, but it’s the smallest to be found in Europe, Asia or Africa. It lays its eggs on the insides of a particular species of pitcher plant, and the tadpoles swim in the water retained at the bottom of the pitcher. (Water which, I should add, contains enzymes that dissolve insects unlucky enough to drown inside the plant. So these tadpoles grow up in a pretty rough neighborhood.)

The frog in the above photo is newly metamorphosed, so it’s not representative of the true adult size of the species. This is:

microfrog2

Both photos are courtesy of Professor Indraneil Das (Institute of Biodiversity and Environmental Conservation), who clearly has one of the coolest jobs in the world. He says there are 100-year-old specimens of these frogs in museums, but they were misidentified as juveniles of a different species. Hey, just like Triceratops and Torosaurus! On a slightly smaller scale, that is.

About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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6 Responses to Wallpaper Monday

  1. It’s cute. Not other word word. Cute, miraculous. If I were a kid I would want you for a mom. You find the neatest things!

  2. Ana_ñ says:

    Wonderful and cute indeed!

  3. Kugai says:

    Quite remarkable actually.

  4. Alma says:

    Awww-esome!

  5. Parabens. Muito bom este post. Gostei de ler. Não sei por que, mas ler isto me deixou motivado para continuar o trabalho duro. lavadora de alta pressao

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