15 of the Most Diminutive Animals in the World


Some of the world’s tiniest animals could fit in the palm of your hand. Here’s a list of the 15 most diminutive animal species, according to womansday.com.


  1. Monte Iberia Eleuth – .39 in.
  2. Denise’s Pygmy Seahorse – less than 1 in.
  3. Octopus Wolfi – less than 1 in.
  4. Brookesia Micra – 1.1 inches.
  5. Pygmy Possum – 2.0 to 4.7 inches.
  6. Jerboa – 2 to 6 inches
  7. Mouse Lemur – 2.25 and 4.75 inches in height
  8. Bee Hummingbird – 2.4 inches. Long.
  9. Barbados Threadsnake – 4 inches long
  10. Pygmy Marmoset – 4.6 to 6.2 inches
  11. Philippine Tarsier –  6 inches big
  12. Northern Pygmy-Owl – 6 to 7 inches
  13. Pika – 7 to 8 inches
  14. Pygmy Rabbit – 11 inches long
  15. Fennec Fox – 13.6 to 15.6 inches.

First Group (Tiniest)

The first four on the list are the smallest species that only grow up to 1.1 inches long. First is Monte Iberia Eleuth, and according to the Map of Life, it is the smallest living frog in the Northern Hemisphere. However, this endangered species only grows to a height of .39 inches. Followed by Denise’s Pygmy Seahorse and Octopus Wolfi that both grow less than an inch. Last is Brookesia Micra that can grow up to 1.1 inches. 


Second Group (Tiniest)

On the other hand, the following four on the list are the ones that can grow from 2 inches to 4.75 inches long. First on the list is the Pygmy Possum from the land down under and ranges in length from about 2.0 to 4.7 inches. Followed by Jerboa, the little jumping rodent that can grow from 2 to 6 inches. Next on the list is Mouse Lemur, the smallest monkey species according to National Geographic that can develop from 2.25 to 4.75 inches in height. Last is the Bee Hummingbird, the smallest bird mentioned in audubon.org that can grow up to 2.4 inches long.


Third Group (Tiniest)

Down to the next seven on the list are the ones that can grow from 4 up to 15.6 inches. First is Barbados Threadsnake that only grows to about 4 inches long, according to reuters.com. Second is Pygmy Marmoset from 4.6 to 6.2 inches, and Philippine Tarsier that is  6 inches big. The next one that can grow from 6 to 7 inches is the Northern Pygmy-Owl. Followed by Pika from the family of rodents, it has a length of 7 to 8 inches. Then Pygmy Rabbit, which is 11 inches long. Last is Fennec Fox, and by far the largest animal on this list, but the smallest fox around that can grow from 13.6 to 15.6 inches per National Geographic.


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