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Tiny tetrapods (was Re: tiny gekko quiz: results)



----- Original Message -----
From: "Jaime A. Headden" <qilongia@yahoo.com>
Sent: Sunday, November 28, 2004 4:54 AM

 There's an adult lizard in Cuba called *Sphaerodactylus* that gets about
as small, two can curl on a dime. Hatchlings are far smaller.

There's also an adult chamaeleon in Madagascar that is in the same size range. -- If we leave the amniotes, the smallest adult tetrapod seems to be a frog in Cuba which measures 9 mm. It's so small that it lays only one egg -- but that egg is big enough that the entire tadpole stage is spent inside. Seen on TV on Tuesday.