Posts tagged ‘Minnows’

What is the smallest fish?

Minnows, may be considered small, but the pygmy goby is much smaller.  In fact, it is the world’s smallest known adult fish.  This tiny occupant of the lakes and streams of the Philippines hardly ever grows longer than one-half inch (1.3 centimeters).

As small as they are, pygmy bogies are a vital part of the marine life cycle in the lakes and streams they inhabit.  They get food energy and other nutrients by eating small plants and animals.

Later, many bogies are eaten by biggest animals that absorb some of the energy and nutrients.–Dick Rogers

How does a frog catch its food?


The frogs catches insects and other small food animals on the sticky tip of its long tongue.

All summer long, the little frog squats, motionless, on the bank of a quiet pond or brook and watches for passing insects.  If a fly or cricket passes within reach, the frog’s long tongue will snap out like a flickering whip, so fast that you can scarcely follow the action.

The insect is caught on the sticky tip.  Just as quickly the frog flips its tongue back into its mouth.

The frog’s tongue is fastened at the front of its mouth, not the back, so that it can be flipped out a long way.  The frog’s mouth is equipped with feeble, practically useless teeth, which are present only in the upper jaw.  So it must live mostly on small creatures that it can swallow in one gulp.

Frogs also eat earthworms, spiders and minnows that they catch in the water.  Toads capture their food in much of same way frogs do.  Frogs and toads help man by eating many harmful insects to be found in gardens and on farms. – Dick Rogers