Nature has some of the most brilliant and surprising creations in its kitty and it is the way it shows its power and creativity. There are some mammoth creatures in the world, and others are surprisingly tiny, showcasing the immense variety available in nature.
Here is a list of top 10 smallest living animals:
Paedocypris is the smallest species of fish in the world and is also the smallest vertebrate. The tiny transparent fish resemble larvae and have a reduced skeleton at its head. They survive in dark water, with high levels of acidity.
9. Golden Frog
Another small sized animal is Golden Frog of Panama, an endangered species of toads which grow up to only 9.8 mm in length as adults. It is also referred to as Brazilian Frog and is scientifically known by the name of Psyllophryne Didactyla.
8. Miniature Pig
The Miniature Pig is a breed of pig, which has been used as a pet as well as for medical research since a long time. The average adult reaches a height of only 16 to 26 inches at the shoulders.
7. Pygmy Rabbit
Next on the list of smallest living animals in the world is the Pygmy rabbit of North America, which is just 24-29 inches in length and 400 g in weight, making it the smallest rabbit in the world. They live in deep soils in regions which are covered with heavy growth of sagebrush.
6. Panda Cow
Panda Cow is a surprisingly small breed of cattle, which looks more like a Panda, with its white face carrying black marks around the eyes along with a white belt like marking around its midriff. The miniature species has been created by mutation and there are an estimated number of only 24 of them existing in the world at present.
5. Miniature Horse
Miniature Horse is one of the smallest living animals, which reaches the height of just 34-38 inches on average. Such horses are found in the Americas as well as Europe.
4. Fennec Fox
Featuring next on the list of smallest living animals in the world is the little nocturnal fox species called Fennec Fox, which is native to the Sahara Desert. The fox happens to be the smallest one in the world, but nature has given it amazingly large ears, as an adaptation to dissipate the heat for survival in the hot climate.
3. Philippine Tarsiers
Philippine Tarsier, scientifically called Tarsius Syrichta, is a very small and endangered animal, which is found in Philippines. It measures no bigger than a human hand in its full grown adult age. The animal is nocturnal and comes out at night, in search of insects it can feast on.
2. Pygmy Marmoset
Pygmy Marmoset is a breed of monkey, which is regarded as the smallest in the world and is a native of the Amazon rain forest. They grow to a height of only 6 inches and weight up to 4-5 oz. Though the monkeys bear sharp claws and teeth, yet they make good pets due to their docile nature.
1. Bee Hummingbird
One of the smallest surviving animals on the earth is the Bee Hummingbird, which is found in the dense forests of Cuba’s main island as well as the Isla de la Juventud. It measures merely 5-6 cm in length and 1.6-2 g in weight, which makes it the smallest living bird on the planet.
All these animals are the living proofs of the diversity of nature and their small size continues to baffle the human race.