The recently discovered Limnonectes larvaepartus represents a unique species of frog. This newly recognized and rather remarkable animal species does not yet possess a common name.
The diminutive amphibian remains endemic only to Sulawesi, Indonesia. All known species of this family are endemic to Sulawesi.
It also serves as one of only four known species of frogs possessing fang-like teeth!
Out of the 6,455 extant species of frog known to science, this one represents one of only twelve to reproduce internally.
To add to its distinctiveness, the Limnonectes larvaepartus is the only known frog on earth to not only conceive internally but to give birth to fully developed tadpoles.
The other species of frogs to give birth to live young deliver froglet.
Limnonectes larvaepartus Physical Characteristics and Biology
The Limnonectes larvaepartus averages roughly 1.5 in (3.8 cm) in length. This lightweight species reaches only 0.18 oz (5 grams) in weight.
The upper portions of the body vary in color. This portion may be either brownish gray, golden tan or reddish-brown. The underbelly of the Limnonectes larvaepartus may be either cream-colored or yellowish.
After mating, females typically produce approximately 100 eggs. How the Limnonectes larvaepartus achieves internal reproduction remains a complete mystery for herpetologists. This occurs because the male possesses no discernible reproductive organ. Nature still holds many mysteries.