Smallest Animals on the Planet

A list of the world’s smallest creatures according to their kind.

To become a world record holder, one must be the largest, the smallest, the quickest, and many other superlative capabilities and traits. On this article, let’s all see the world’s smallest creatures according to their kind.

Kitti’s Hognosed Bat (Craseonycteris thonglongyai)

Kitti’s Hog-nosed Bat also known as Bumblebee Bat of Thailand and Myanmar is considered as the smallest mammal in the world. This animal can grow up to 40 mm in length and weighs up to 2 grams only.

Etruscan Shrew (Suncus etruscus)

The Bumblebee Bat is small but the Etruscan Shrew or Etruscan Pygmy Shrew lighter and weighs up to 1.3 grams only making it the smallest mammal by mass. It measures 36 mm or 1.42 inches long with 40 mm length of the tail. This creature has a lifespan of 15 months and inhabits forests and brush areas between Southern Asia and Southern Europe.

Dicopomorpha echmepterygis

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The male of this parasitic wasp can be as small as 139 μm long – it is regarded as the smallest species of all known insects. It is smaller than a single-celled paramecium. Females are 40 percent larger than the male. This parasitic wasp is blind and wingless. The adult males mate with their sisters inside the host egg, and die without ever leaving the egg.

Paedocypris progenetica

Paedocypris progenetica of Indonesia is the smallest known vertebrate in the world. It dwells in peat swamps and can survive extreme drought in part due to its small size which is just 7.9 mm long at maturity. Much of its habitat is acid water, with pH as low as 2.9. This species and other members of the genus are thought to be highly endangered.

Monte Iberia Eleuth (Eleutherodactylus iberia)

At 9.6 to 9.8 millimeters long, the Monte Iberia Eleuth and the Brazilian Gold Frog are tied as the smallest frog, amphibian or tetrapod. The Monte Iberia Eleuth was first discovered in 1996 on Mount Iberia, from which the animal gets its name, and exists in only two small regions of Cuba. Much remains unknown about this small creature.

Brazilian Gold Frog (Brachycephalus didactylus)

Adult Brazilian Gold Frogs measure to only 9.8 millimeters in body length. Many have a beautiful golden color, for which they are named. It is also known as Izecksohn’s Toad.

Speckled Padloper Tortoise (Homopus signatus)

The world’s smallest turtle is the Speckled Padloper Tortoise of South Africa. The males’ measure 6-8 cm or 2.3-3.1 inches while females’ measure up to almost 10 cm or 4 inches.

Cuvier’s Dwarf Caiman (Paleosuchus palpebrosus)

At a maximum length of 1.6 meters or 5 feet long, the Cuvier’s Dwarf caiman is the smallest crocodilian. The Cuvier’s Dwarf Caiman or Musky Caiman is found in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia and other South American countries.

Bee Hummingbird (Mellisuga helenae)

The Bee Hummingbird is the world’s smallest bird species and the smallest warm-blooded vertebrate. It is called the Zunzun in its native habitat on Cuba and the Isle of Youth. It has a mass of about 1.8 grams. This amazingly small bird’s wings beat 80 times per second and up to 200 times when mating. It is said to eat half its total body mass and drink eight times its total body mass each day. Its nest is 3 cm across.

Microraptor

Microraptor is the smallest known non-avian dinosaur. It is a genus of feathered dinosaurs that lived in China during the early Cretaceous Period about 130-125.5 million years ago. Adult specimens range from 42-83 cm or 1.4-2.7 ft long and the weight has been estimated at up to 1 kg or 2.2 lbs.

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28 Responses to “Smallest Animals on the Planet”
  1. K Kristie Says...

    On May 12, 2009 at 6:46 am

    Lol, nobert you beat me to this. Images were ready but no text yet. Gotta go delete the draft, hehe.


  2. Mr Ghaz Says...

    On May 12, 2009 at 7:08 am

    Excellent! Great post..really amazing article..LOV it..nice pics too..thanx for sharing this great stuff


  3. Betty Carew Says...

    On May 12, 2009 at 7:18 am

    Excellent article Nobert and very interesting especially the Microraptor.


  4. Christine Ramsay Says...

    On May 12, 2009 at 9:29 am

    Those creatures are so pretty in their own way. A great article as always, nobert. Well done.

    Christine


  5. Joe Dorish Says...

    On May 12, 2009 at 9:43 am

    Great info Nobert, did not know most of these.


  6. Mark Gordon Brown Says...

    On May 12, 2009 at 10:02 am

    Great Link Nobert, I love the Bee Hummingbird.


  7. Brenda Nelson Says...

    On May 12, 2009 at 10:08 am

    Microraptors evovled into Crows I bet…


  8. CHAN LEE PENG Says...

    On May 12, 2009 at 10:23 am

    These animals are so SMALL. Great work as usual.


  9. papaleng Says...

    On May 12, 2009 at 10:40 am

    another great article.


  10. Kate Smedley Says...

    On May 12, 2009 at 11:35 am

    How small?! Informative and enjoyable as usual.


  11. Judy T Lloyd Says...

    On May 12, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    Once again the pictures are interesting.


  12. clay hurtubise Says...

    On May 12, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    Interesting! The Monte Iberia Eleuth is so cute!
    Thanks,
    Clay


  13. DA Cournean Says...

    On May 12, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    Very interesting!


  14. swatilohani Says...

    On May 13, 2009 at 4:11 am

    Thnx for your post. Beind a ph.D. I was delighted to find your well researched info and out of the world pics. treat, thnx for sharing. Kindly post an article on poisonous mushrooms. Looking forwrd to ur informative articles


  15. Radhika Bhargava Says...

    On May 13, 2009 at 10:05 am

    Thanks for posting this,They are really small,Pics are interesting too,very Informative


  16. Lauren Axelrod Says...

    On May 13, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    Like the microraptor. Never knew they came in such small packages.


  17. Jo Oliver Says...

    On May 13, 2009 at 11:09 pm

    awww. very interesting piece. Well done.


  18. Kheng Says...

    On May 14, 2009 at 1:18 am

    :LOL I was looking for the Bee Hummingbird! Great article. Thanks.


  19. Stacey T Pollock Says...

    On May 14, 2009 at 2:54 am

    Fascinating article.


  20. PR Mace Says...

    On May 16, 2009 at 2:49 am

    Outstanding article, my friend. You articles are always the best and most fun to read.


  21. xoxo Says...

    On May 16, 2009 at 9:59 am

    Very nice… specially the Brazilian Gold Frogs. Cute :)


  22. Irinuk Says...

    On May 16, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    nice article


  23. Judy Sheldon Says...

    On May 17, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    I think the frogs are cute. I thought I saw some before, but being they are not native to this area I must be mistaken, unless they were in an exhibit some where. Great article, Nobert. Keep up the good work.


  24. Tawnee101 Says...

    On May 22, 2009 at 6:46 am

    danke


  25. aks Says...

    On May 22, 2009 at 10:17 am

    this is cool


  26. Deep Blue Says...

    On May 27, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    Most of cute of their kind.


  27. bam Says...

    On May 31, 2009 at 6:20 am

    i was wondering if the Etruscan Shrew has a long nose…look like a peak of bird also.. ay apo nose bleed usto man laengen..hehe..grabe sir gling u talga..how about smallest person in the world?


  28. Dark Fairy Says...

    On May 29, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    Nice article


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