Thursday, February 16, 2012

World's Smallest Chameleon

Chameleons are known for changing their color to camouflage themselves, but tthis tiny little creaure should have no trouble going unnoticed.

Brookesia micra is found only on the small island of Nosy Hara, Madagascar, and has been dubbed the smallest chameleon in the world, measuring from nose to tail 29 millimeters at its largest.

Scientists believe it represents a notable example of what they call "island dwarfism."

They've also discovered three new species of super-tiny chameleons.

Madagascar suffers from numerous human-induced environmental problems resulting in severe habitat destruction, and many of endemic species are heavily threatened by deforestation and may be close to extinction.

※ If you want to know more specific information about the tiny chameleons, go to PLoS ONE article (published on Feb. 14th, 2012).

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