Dwarf Red Bulborbs are small and very common enemies in the Pikmin series. In Pikmin, they were known simply as Dwarf Bulborbs, until various subspecies were discovered in Pikmin 2. They are revealed to be in a whole different family of species than the regular Red Bulborbs at the end of Pikmin 1, and are later found to be in the Breadbug Family, where as the normal Red Bulborbs are in the Grub-dog Family.
Olimar states in the Piklopedia that he originally thought that they were juvenile Red Bulborbs, but later research proved otherwise. They are actually close relatives of the Breadbug, as they are in the Breadbug Family. They are simply mimics of the Red Bulborb, adapting to the harsh environment through clever mimicry of a dangerous predator. This helps them to escape most predators, making their species thrive. The mimicry is so good that they can commingle with real Red Bulborbs without being eaten, giving them even more protection from predators.
As stated above, they resemble Red Bulborbs exactly, but are much smaller in size. They have the same spots on their backs, and the same big eyes that the real ones have. Dwarf Reds are much less dangerous and deadly to Pikmin than regular Red Bulborbs, and are killed very easily. With so little predators, the species has thrived, making them the most common enemies in the game.
Dwarf red bulborbs return in Pikmin 3 with an uptade all new HD look. They probably will be very common, and have the same role as in there previous games. Them and their parnets the Red Bulborbs are coming back according to the official E3 Trailer .
"The most plentiful species on the planet, they are quite ferocious despite their appearance, using their massive jaws to swallow Pikmin whole. Frontal assaults result in disaster; attacks from behind are more successful. Attacking their legs is also effective."
(There is only one log for both the Red Bulborb and the Dwarf Red Bulborb)
"Although similar in appearance to bulborbs, these belong to a totally different species."
"Although initially identified as a juvenile red bulborb, groundbreaking new research indicates that this creature is in fact a member of the breadbug family. A close relative of the vanilla breadbug, it escapes predation through mimicry. Unique adaptation of the red bulborb's crimson coloration allows the species to safely commingle. Such effective adaptation and obfuscation by a prey species is rare, indicating this clever creature is a master of mimicry."
"For a blissful bisque, mince the entire beast finely and stir in with heavy cream, artichoke hearts, and a pinch of black pepper. Heat slowly until piping hot. Mmmmm... Rich and creamy!"