Can You Identify Some of the World's Smallest Animals from an Image?

By: Jacqueline Samaroo
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They are small and unassuming. Often, they navigate the world while hidden in plain sight. Although small, they make a huge impact on ecosystems. They keep the insect population in check, help pollinate flowers, spread seeds and recycle valuable nutrients back into the soil. In the fight for survival of the fittest, these tiny spirits found a niche where the big boys couldn't play ball, and that has helped them survive and thrive.

These small wonders are fascinating creatures. For instance, the Jeboas are desert rodents that travel by hopping. These tiny rodents have been observed to reach speeds of 24 kilometers per hour (15 mph) in high stress situations. Or the Paedophryne Amanuenis, a species of colorful frogs that can be found in Papua New Guinea. Not only is it the smallest frog but it is also the world's smallest vertebrate, measuring only 0.3 inches in length. And let's not forget the bee hummingbird, notable for being extremely beautiful. It is also formally recognized as being the smallest bird in the world.

Now it's time for you to identify some of the world's smallest animals from an image. You can do it because ... it's a small world after all. Take the quiz now!

With adults only growing to be anywhere between 1.2 inches and 2.1 inches long, the African pygmy mouse is widely considered to be one of the smallest rodents in the world. They are fairly common in most of sub-Saharan Africa and are also sometimes found as pets in other areas of the world.

The bumblebee bat is the name given to a species of small bats that are also sometimes referred to as the “Kitti's hog-nosed bat." The bumblebee bat is actually the smallest species of bat in the world and also, disputably, the smallest mammal in the world.

Diamondback terrapins are a species of fairly small turtles that can be primarily found in the United States and Bermuda. While males have been observed to grow only to an approximate size of 5 inches, females have been observed to grow significantly larger, averaging around 7.5 inches.

Madame Berthe's mouse lemur (often simply shortened to Berthe's mouse lemur) is not only the smallest mouse lemur in the world but also the smallest primate in the world. This tiny primate was discovered fairly recently – in 1992 – in Madagascar.

Simply known as a “weasel” in the United Kingdom, the least weasel is the smallest member of the weasel family. Although the least weasel is native to North America, Eurasia, and North Africa, it has also been introduced to several other places around the world, including Argentina, Australia, and Bermuda.

The rusty-spotted cat holds the title of being the smallest wild cat in all of Asia. In addition, the rusty-spotted cat also competes with the black-footed cat for the title of the smallest wild cat in the world. This cat can be found in South Asia in places like Sri Lanka, India, and even ​in parts of Nepal.

Mouse lemurs are solely native to the island nation of Madagascar. They are known for having a very varied omnivorous diet, ranging from small vertebrates and small arthropods, to plant matter (like flowers, fruits, and nectar). These tiny primates are also notable for being primarily nocturnal.

The brown gerygone is a tiny bird that is native to Australia (specifically eastern Australia). It should be noted that this bird was formerly known as the brown warbler, and it is still sometimes referred to as such. The brown gerygone is only approximately 4 inches in length.

The golden-headed cisticola is a species of warbler that is found in a relatively wide variety of areas, such as Australia and India. In some places, the golden-headed cisticola is also referred to as the bright-headed cisticola. It is primarily found around wetlands.

The tropical parula is a species of warbler that can be found throughout numerous countries in the Americas. It can notably be found in Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago, Argentina, and Texas in the United States. Like many birds, the females are noticeably duller than their male counterparts.

The Roosmalens' dwarf marmoset is a relatively rare primate, since it has a small population distribution – only being native to a small area of the Amazon rainforest. On average, adult Roosmalens' dwarf marmosets only grow to a length of 15 inches – this includes their tail, which can account for up to 9 of those inches.

Musk turtle is a name that is given to several species of turtles, However, the one that is most commonly referred to by this name is the eastern musk turtle (also known as the common musk turtle). This turtle is native to several areas of the eastern United States and also southeastern Canada.

Jerboas are desert dwelling rodents that are notable for the fact they travel by hopping. These tiny rodents have been observed to reach speeds of up to 24 kilometers per hour in high stress situations. They can primarily be found in Northern Africa, as well as parts of Asia.

The American shrew mole is noteworthy for being categorized as the smallest species of mole. Other names for the American shrew mole include the Least Shrew mole and the Gibb’s shrew mole. The “shrew” part of its name comes from the fact it has fur – a defining trait of shrews.

The volcano rabbit is distinctive for being the second smallest rabbit in the world – only being larger than the aptly named pygmy rabbit. The volcano rabbit is native to the mountains of Mexico, where it is also known as zacatuche or teporingo.

The paedophryne amauensis is a species of colorful frogs that can be found in Papua New Guinea. These tiny frogs are a recent find, being discovered in 2009 and formally designated in early 2012. Not only is it the smallest frog but it is also the world’s smallest vertebrate, measuring only 0.3 inches in length.

Not only is the bee hummingbird notable for being extremely beautiful, it is also formally recognized as being the smallest bird in the world. The bee hummingbird also goes by several other names, the most common of which are Helena hummingbird and zunzuncito.

The Campbell's dwarf hamster is a species of hamster that can be found in arid habitats in Asia such as areas of China, Russia, Mongolia, and Kazakhstan. It is actually a close relative of the Djungarian hamster. However, the Campbell’s dwarf hamster has larger ears and darker fur.

Possums are small marsupials – a family that includes larger relatives like kangaroos and koalas – that can be found in Australia, Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea. Pygmy possums are largely nocturnal and also categorized as omnivores based on their varied diet.

Also known as Kinosternon, the mud turtle is a relatively small aquatic turtle that shares some similarities with its larger relative, the musk turtle. The mud turtle can be found throughout the Americas, in parts of South America, Mexico, the United States, and Central America.

The long-tailed planigale is an Australian marsupial that also goes by the names northern planigale and Ingram's planigale. The long-tailed planigale is notable for holding the title of being not only one of the smallest animals in the world but also the absolute smallest marsupial in the world.

The fennec fox is a relatively small fox that can be found throughout North Africa, primarily in the Sahara. The most notable feature of the fennec fox is its prominently large ears.These ears help it to survive in the hot climate as a means of dissipating heat.

As the name suggests, the Chinese hamster is a species of hamster that can primarily be found China (and certain parts of Mongolia as well). This small rodent makes its home is particularly arid environments, being particularly plentiful in the deserts of northern China.

The New England cottontail is a vulnerable species of rabbit that can primarily be found in New England and the surrounding areas. The New England cottontail is also referred to by several other names, including: wood rabbit, gray rabbit, wood hare, and brush rabbit.

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The guinea pig (more specifically the domestic guinea pig) is a species of rodent well known for being primarily kept as pets. The name “guinea pig” is by no means an accurate descriptor for this animal, since they are not from Guinea and they are not in the same family as pigs.

The eastern cottontail is a species of rabbit that makes its home in meadows and lightly forested areas. The eastern cottontail is the most common rabbit in North America and also has one of the widest population distributions. It can be found in the United States, Canada, South America, Mexico, and many other locations.

The common ferret (oftentimes referred to as simply a “ferret”) is a close relative of the European polecat, being its domesticated variant. Ferrets are usually seen with fur that can be white, brown, black, or a mixture of these colors.

The pygmy marmoset is a primate that is only native to the western Amazon Basin and the rainforests that lie within. The pygmy marmoset is notable for being the second smallest primate in the world, coming in second to the Madame Berthe's mouse lemur.

The spotted turtle is a relatively small freshwater turtle that can largely be considered to be a semi-aquatic reptile. These turtles can grow to be anywhere between 3 and 5 inches, and they are primarily found in the eastern United States and southern Canada.

The Jaragua dwarf gecko (also sometimes simply referred to as the Jaragua sphaero) is a species of lizard that is notable for its small size. This tiny reptile can be primarily found in the Dominican Republic and nearby islands.

The black-footed cat – also sometimes referred to as the small-spotted cat – is a small wild cat that is native to Southern Africa. This cat is notable for being the smallest cat in Africa. However, it also competes with the rusty-spotted cat for the title of smallest cat in the world.

The Reeves’ turtle is a species of turtle that is more commonly referred to as the Chinese three-keeled pond turtle or simply the Chinese pond turtle. As these alternative names suggest, this turtle can be largely found in China. However, it can also be found in Korea, Japan, and Taiwan.

In the United States, if someone has a pet turtle then there is a fairly high chance it is a box turtle. There are four species of box turtles in North America and while they share many initial similarities with tortoises, they are a part of the pond turtle family.

The crimson chat is a small omnivorous bird that is native to the Australian continent. This red patterned bird goes by several other names in its homeland, including the saltbush canary, the tricolored chat, and the crimson-breasted nun. This tiny bird averages 4.5 inches in length.

The black-footed ferret is actually one of the most endangered mammals in the United States. They were incorrectly declared extinct in 1979 and then properly designated as “extinct in the wild” in 1987. However, modern breeding programs have helped to slowly reinvigorate the population in the wild.

The long-tailed chinchilla is often simply referred to as the chinchilla or common chinchilla. However, this rodent also goes by several other names, including the lesser chinchilla, the coastal chinchilla, and the Chilean chinchilla. The long-tailed chinchilla is only native to Chile and is considered to be an endangered animal.

Although it may be small in size, the specific scientific classification of the bananaquit is cause for quite a lot of debate among ornithologists from all over the Americas. There are currently more than 41 subspecies of bananaquit with many of the subspecies from the Caribbean being considered for elevation to species.

With a length of 3.1 inches to 3.5 inches, the weebill holds the title of being the smallest bird in Australia. The weebill is primarily an olive-yellow songbird that has a dull grey bill, brown wings, and noticeably pale yellow eyes.

Pardalotes, also referred to as peep-wrens, are a family of very small, brightly colored birds that are only native to Australia. The pardalote family is made up of only one genus that has four species under it. They are omnivores, feeding primarily on insects and sap.

The house mouse is quite possibly the most common rodent in the world with a population distribution that covers every continent in the world. The house mouse is notable for being one of the few wild animals that primarily lives in such close association with humans.

The leopard gecko is a ground dwelling lizard that is primarily found in the highlands of Asia (Afghanistan, northern parts of India, etc.). Leopard geckos are notable for having movable eyelids, a trait that is absent from most geckos. However, they are also incapable of climbing up smooth surfaces.

More commonly referred to as the desert hamster, or even simply Robo, the Roborovski hamster is a desert-dwelling hamster that is found in Asia. Roborovski hamsters are extremely active and fast, having been recorded to run the average equivalent of four human marathons each night.

Once thought to be a fairly common animal throughout their habitats in Turkey and Syria, the golden hamster has slowly become a vulnerable species. However, captive breeding programs are trying to increase their population, since they are often valued as pets and research animals.

The goldcrest is a tiny yellow and green bird that has a population distribution that spans large expanses of Europe and considerable portions of Asia. Studies of European folklore have found that the goldcrest was possibly referred to as the “king of the birds."

The American goldfinch is a bright yellow migratory bird that that can be found throughout large sections of North America with population distribution in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, varying depending on the seasons. It is the state bird of New Jersey, Iowa, and Washington.

The pygmy rabbit is a North American species of rabbit that, at its highest estimates, can barely grow to be a foot long (measurement for females, since males are significantly smaller). The pygmy rabbit is notable for being one of the only two rabbits in North America that actually digs its own burrow.

The Etruscan shrew is also aptly referred to as the Etruscan pygmy shrew, and sometimes as the white-toothed pygmy shrew. The Etruscan shrew is notable for being the smallest mammal in the world when it comes to overall mass – weighing only 1.8 grams (0.063 oz.).

Treeshrews – also known as banxringss – are small mammals that are only native to Southeast Asia. Although they may look like shrews or even rodents, treeshrews are actually very closely related to primates. In fact, this similarity to primates and their small size have allowed them to be used as primate alternatives in some scientific studies.

The red-billed streamertail is a beautiful member of the hummingbird family. It is native to Jamaica, where it is also sometimes referred to as the doctor bird, the scissor-tail, or the scissor tail hummingbird. Its​ abundance in Jamaica has earned it the title of national bird.

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