Wildlife Update : 10 new mammals discovered in past 10 years

English: DRC, orthographic projection.
English: DRC, orthographic projection. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Pygmy Three-toed Sloth (Bradypus pygm...
English: Pygmy Three-toed Sloth (Bradypus pygmaeus) range (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As a new monkey is identified in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, here are more recent discoveries of the last decade compiled by The Guardian.

As a new monkey is identified in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, here are more recent discoveries

Lesula monkey

The lesula – only the second new monkey found in Africa in 28 years. Photograph: Hart JA, Detwiler KM, Gilbert CC/PA

A new species of monkey has been identified in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The lesula, or Cercopithecus lomamiensis, described as shy and quiet, has excited conservationists because the identification of mammals new to science is rare. Here are some more discovered in the past decade.

Goodman's mouse lemursPhotograph: Thomas Marent/Minden Pictures/Corbis

A pair of nesting Goodman’s Mouse Lemurs (Microcebus lehilahytsara) photographed in Masoala national park, Madagascar. The species was discovered in August 2005.

A three toed pygmy sloth in a mangrove treePhotograph: Bill Hatcher/Corbis

The three-toed pygmy sloth (Bradypus pygmaeus), is endemic to Isla Escudo de Veraguas, a small island off the coast of Panama, and was identified as a distinct species in 2001.

A new species of Callicebus monkey discovered in Brazil in 2010Photograph: Julio Dalponte/Corbis

This previously unknown primate species was discovered during a WWF expedition into the rainforest in Mato Grosso in Brazil in 2010. The new species of the genus Callicebus monkey was found in an area of pristine Amazon rainforest.

This species of blossom bat was discovered in the Foja Mountains of Papua New Guinea in 2010Photograph: Tim Laman/National Geographic

Described by scientists as like the hummingbird of the bat world, this species of blossom bat was discovered in the Foja mountains of Papua New Guinea in 2010.

Tursiops Australis, a new species of dolphin discovered in 2011 in AustraliaPhotograph: EPA

A picture provided by Monash University in September 2011 shows anew species of dolphin in Victoria’s Port Phillip Bay, Australia. The dolphins, Tursiops Australis, which can also be found at Gippsland Lake, have a small population of 150 and were originally thought to be one of the two existing bottlenose dolphin species.

A saola photographed in the jungle of VietnamPhotograph: AP

Looking like a small deer, the saola was originally identified as a new species from remains discovered in Vietnam in 1992 but a live animal wasn’t discovered until 2010.

Mus cypriacus, the Cypriot mouse, which was identified in 2006Photograph: AP

new species of mouseMus cypriacus, was identified in 2006. The mouse, which has a bigger head, ears, eyes and teeth than other European mice, is found only on Cyprus.

A newly identified Sundaland clouded leopard, caught on camera for the first time in BorneoPhotograph: A Wilting/A Mohamed/AFP/Getty Images

An image grab taken on 15 February 2010 shows a newly identifiedSundaland clouded leopard, caught on camera for the first time, stalking through the Dermakot forest reserve in Malaysian Borneo’s Sabah state. The Sundaland clouded leopard was classified as a new species through genetic studies several years ago but this was the first time that this little-understood species of big cat had been filmed.

A new species of rat, Paucidentomys vermidax, discovered in SulawesiPhotograph: Kevin Rowe/PA

A newly discovered “toothless” ratPaucidentomys vermidax, was found in remote rainforest on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi in 2011. The animal has fang-like upper incisors which are useless for gnawing and no back teeth. It lives exclusively on earthworms.

Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/sep/13/new-mammals-discovered-10-years



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