Friday, 19 April 2013

New species of porcupine and mole rat discovered


Porcupine discovered in Brazil and mole rat in southern Africa
April 2013. Two new mammals species have recently been discovered on different continents, a porcupine from north-eastern Brazil, and a mole rat from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Zambia.

Porcupine
The new species of porcupine, named Coendou speratus and locally known as coandu-mirim, is found on the Atlantic coast of north-eastern Brazil north of the São Francisco River, one of the most important known biodiversity hotspots. Coendou speratus is a small-bodied, long-tailed species that appears to be completely spiny because it lacks long dorsal fur.

More Rat
The new species of mole-rat, Fukomys vandewoestijneae, is described from an area on the Zaïre-Zambezi watershed. Its known distribution is limited to the Ikelenge pedicle of Zambia and adjacent areas in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and presumably Angola. Colonies of this social mole-rat were observed in the chanas (dambos), degraded miombo woodland and in villages.

More information can be found in the online journal Zootaxa

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