During a recent research trip in Madagascar, researchers photographed a reptile, whose adult male body length is only thirteen and a half millimeters smaller than the females.
Scientists from the Bavarian State Collection of Zoology (ZSM-SNSB) from Munich have found the smallest reptile on the planet on the island of Madagascar. They have discovered a new species of tiny chameleons, named Brookesia nana.
The body length of adult male chameleons is only 13.5 millimeters and on the other hand, the females are 19 millimetres.
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The male turned out to be smaller than the female, but experts drew attention to the large size of his genitals relative to the body due to a phenomenon called ‘sexual size dimorphism’, the length of which is two and a half millimeters only.
Since in Madagascar, forests are actively being cut down for human needs, scientists have proposed assigning them the status of a species on the verge of complete extinction.