Top 10: Earth's smallest mammals

Top 10: Earth’s smallest mammals

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

1

Batodonoides vanhouteni (extinct)

Batodonoides vanhouteni

Weight: 1.3g

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Distribution: North America

2

Kitti’s hog-nosed bat

Kitti’s hog-nosed bat

Weight: 1.5g

Distribution: Thailand and Myanmar

3

Etruscan shrew

Etruscan shrew

Weight: 1.8g

Distribution: Southern Europe to South Asia

4

Pygmy jerboa (smallest rodent)

Pygmy jerboa

Weight: 3g

Distribution: Pakistan and Afghanistan

5

African pygmy mouse (smallest rodent)

African pygmy mouse

Weight: 3g

Distribution: Sub-Saharan Africa

6

Long-tailed planigale (smallest marsupial)

Long-tailed planigale

Weight: 4.3g

Distribution: Australia

7

American shrew mole

American shrew mole

Weight: 10g

Distribution: Northwestern USA

8

Pygmy possum

Pygmy possum

Weight: 10g

Distribution: Australia, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia

9

Least weasel (smallest carnivore)

Least weasel (smallest carnivore)

Weight: 29.5g

Distribution: Northern hemisphere

  

Madam Berthe’s mouse lemur (smallest primate)

Madam Berthe’s mouse lemur (smallest primate)

Weight: 30g

Distribution: Madagascar


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