There are also many instances of mammals becoming a dwarf or pygmy variety on islands.
In case I should be thought a literary pygmy I should mention that I have actually studied literature to postgraduate level.
Moreover, some predators of pygmy swordtails (X. nigrensis) also exhibit a bias for the sword.
The gestation period was five months, a timetable shared by the slender-horned gazelle, blackbuck antelope, and pygmy goat.
These folks lived on the Indonesian island of Flores, happily hunting pygmy elephants and giant rats, until a volcano did them in about 12,000 years ago.
It's the ultimate bureaucratic skill - and the key to emerging as the consensus pygmy when the giants are at each other's throats.
The Canadian songstress was in Jakarta when a fan proposed that she exchange her pet pygmy loris for a concert ticket.
I'd like a pygmy hippo for overland journeys, and a manatee for underwater travel.
We started off at Tropical World where we saw huge butterflies, pygmy monkeys, snakes and all sorts of fish.
Adrienne Zihlman remarked: ‘Lucy's fossil remains match up remarkably well with the bones of a pygmy chimp.’