By Jacqueline Samaroo on March 09, 2018
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!