Top 10: Earth's smallest mammals

Small but mighty, these are the world's tiniest mammals.

21st January 2017
Top 10: Earth's smallest mammals

10. Madam Berthe’s mouse lemur (smallest primate)

Madam Berthe’s mouse lemur (smallest primate)

Weight: 30g

Distribution: Madagascar


9. Least weasel (smallest carnivore)

Least weasel (smallest carnivore)

Weight: 29.5g

Distribution: Northern hemisphere


8. Pygmy possum

Pygmy possum

Weight: 10g

Distribution: Australia, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia


7. American shrew mole

American shrew mole

Weight: 10g

Distribution: Northwestern USA


6. Long-tailed planigale (smallest marsupial)

Long-tailed planigale (smallest marsupial)

Weight: 4.3g

Distribution: Australia


5= African pygmy mouse (smallest rodent)

African pygmy mouse (smallest rodent)

Weight: 3g

Distribution: Sub-Saharan Africa


4= Pygmy jerboa (smallest rodent)

Pygmy jerboa (smallest rodent)

Weight: 3g

Distribution: Pakistan and Afghanistan


3. Etruscan shrew

Etruscan shrew

Weight: 1.8g

Distribution: Southern Europe to South Asia


2. Kitti’s hog-nosed bat

Kitties hog-nosed bat

Weight: 1.5g

Distribution: Thailand and Myanmar


1. Batodonoides vanhouteni (extinct)

Batodonoides vanhouteni (extinct)

Weight: 1.3g

Distribution: North America


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