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  Tiny fish is the world's smallest
Updated 24 July 2004, 15.12
The stout infantfish may be the smallest of all
Scientists have been studying a tiny fish found near Australia and think it could be the smallest one in the world.

The stout infantfish has been known about for a few years, but only now have scientists had a good look at it.

At just 7mm long it's thought to be the smallest animal in the world that has a backbone, taking the title from another fish called the dwarf goby fish.

Only six of the stout infantfish have ever been found and the females at 8.4mm are a little bigger than the males.

Perhaps only six have been found because they don't live very long, with stout infantfish only living for two months.

They're called stout infantfish because their features make them look young and they're stout, which means they're a bit tubby.

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