Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Meet the newest mammal

Most new mammals are, not surprisingly, small ones. But they keep popping up.  Meet Christine's Margareta rat (Margaretamys christinae), fresh from Indonesia.  It's the fourth species in the genus Margaretamy, which is unique to the island of Sulawesi.  The mountain range where it lives, though, is threatend by logging and farming.  Hard to find a new mammal that isn't threatened, really...

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