One of the smallest frog in the world, Juvenile Macaya Breast-spot Frog, whose scientific name is, Eleutherodactylus thorectes, was found in the ruins of the Haiti earthquake 2010, according to earlier reports by international sites. After 20 long years of searching, this critically endangered species, that was last seen in 1991, was finally rediscoverd.The discovery of this frog specie was made by Robin Moore and Blair Hedges of Pennsylvania State University during an eight day conservation expedition in the deforested hills of Massif de la Hotte and Massif de la Selle in Haiti.
A fully grown Juvenile Macaya Breast-spot Frog is just about the size of a green grape and this lined it up to the list of smallest frog species in the world. According to several Science websites, the world’s smallest frog measuring 9.8 millimeters found in Brazil, is called Gold frog, whose scientific name is, Brazilian Psyllophryne Didactyla.
The expedition of Moore and Hedges is aimed at finding the La Selle Grass frog species, scientific name is E. glanduliferoides, that was last seen more than 25 years ago. But instead of finding what they are looking for, the scientists encountered six long-lost species that includeHispaniolan Ventriloquial Frog, Mozart’s Frog, La Hotte Glanded Frog, Hispaniolan Crowned Frog, and the Macaya Burrowing Frog. All of these frogs were seen in 1991, except for Macaya Burrowing Frog that was last documented 1996. Earlier reports have posted the description and scientific names of these rare frog species.