"The pumpkin toadlet, which is a frog but not a toad, is so terrible at landing its jumps that its sheer incompetence has become a subject of scientific inquiry." Sabrina Imbler reports for Defector:
defector.com/why-is-this-tiny-
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This passage elevates the whole thing to high comedy:

> Finding bug-sized frogs in Brazil is an arduous task. Even though a pumpkin toadlet is as bright as a Cheeto, the leaf litter teems with neon fungi and other orange-colored life. “It is extremely hard to catch underneath the leaf litter,” [grad student André] Confetti said. “Especially for me, because I’m colorblind.”

#science #biology #news #herping #frogs #jumpeing 🐘

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@nev after staring at these animations repeatedly one side effect occurs to me: the way they're all stiff like that at the end makes the toads look kinda dead

this could be an additional predator deterrent

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