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5 Small Wild Things Make Their World Debut

Among them: a see-through frog, a moth who lives one day as an adult, and one lonely beetle.

By Brenda Poppy|Monday, November 30, 2015
RELATED TAGS: ANIMALS
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The Costa Rican glass frog species Hyalinobatrachium dianae.
Brian Kubicki

Discovering a new species is never easy. But it’s especially difficult when the species in question is relatively rare — and smaller than a breadbox. Yet sharp-eyed scientists found several Lilliputian species in 2015, including these five.


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aedium
From Hispaniola With Love
Bond. James Bond. Well, Plagiodontia aedium bondi, to be precise. Scientists found this cat-size mammal on the Caribbean island Hispaniola and named it after ornithologist James Bond (007’s namesake).
Jose Nunez-Mino
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Plant Power
Sirdavidia solannona, a flowering custard apple species discovered in Gabon, Africa, has it all: vibrant colors, a prime location in a national park and even its own genus. It’s named after Sir David Attenborough, the naturalist known for the BBC series The Hunt, Life on Earth and The Living Planet.
Thomas Couvreur, IRD
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Primitively Perfect
This coin-size Australian moth with iridescent wings retains features from primitive moths, and its entire adult life spans a single day. Scientists named this tiny enigma Aenigmatinea glatzella.
You Ning So/CSIRO

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The Loner
Capelatus prykei, a 0.3-inch diving beetle found in Cape Town wetlands, is an orphan of a bug, earning it its own genus. Its closest kin live thousands of miles away and haven’t shared an ancestor for at least 30 million years.
David Bilton/Plymouth University
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It's Not Easy Being Transparent
Kermit the Frog has a 1-inch doppelganger in the Costa Rican glass frog species Hyalinobatrachium dianae. But this tiny frog’s belly is transparent, revealing its organs.
Brian Kubicki
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