The result―the newest species of mammal known to science, the olinguito ( Bassaricyon neblina) (Photo by Mark Gurney). The olinguito. Genus: Bassaricyon Species: Bassaricyon neblina Taxonomic revision of the olingos (Bassaricyon), with description of a new species, the. Genus, Bassaricyon. Species, Bassaricyon neblina. Taxon author, Kristofer M. Helgen, Roland Kays, Lauren Helgen, Mirian T. N. Tsuchiya.
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It is actually the latest scientifically documented member of the family Procyonidae, which it shares with raccoons, coatis, kinkajous and olingos.
Documenting them is the first step toward understanding the full richness and diversity of life on Earth. Angolan slender mongoose G. The biologists found Olinguito in a forest on the western slopes of the Andes, and spent their days documenting what they could about the animal — its characteristics and its forest home. For example, this female olinguito lived in various zoos in nebluna U.
The researchers who identified the species were unable to discover any local names specific to it. Steller sea lion E. Sulawesi palm civet M.
Southern spotted skunk S. Saharan striped polecat I.
Ina zoologist in New York thought an olinguito museum specimen was so unusual that it might be a new species, but he never followed through in publishing the discovery. Its head and body length is 14 inches long mmplus a tail inches in length mmand it weighs 2 pounds grams. Large family listed below.
Taxonomic revision of the olingos (Bassaricyon), with description of a new species, the Olinguito
On 22 May the International Institute for Species Exploration declared the olinguito as one of the “Top 10 New Species of ” among species discovered in Because the Olinguito was new to science, it was imperative for the scientists to record every aspect of the animal.
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And while misidentified, specimens have been in museums for more than a century, and at least one Olinguito from Bassadicyon was exhibited in several zoos in the United States during the s and s. The olinguito oh-lin-GHEE-toe looks like a cross between a house cat and a teddy bear. New Salamander Species Discovered. The olinguito mainly eats fruit, but may also eat some insects and nectar.
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Eastern lowland olingo B. Ethiopian dwarf mongoose H. Civettictis African civet C. Sunda stink badger M.
Eastern mountain coati N. New Zealand sea lion P. The olinguito Bassaricyon neblina came close to being discovered nebliha times during the past century and was even exhibited in zoos. Males and females are similar in meblina. Archived from the original on 24 May They learned that the Olinguito is mostly active at night, is mainly a fruit eater, rarely comes out of the trees and has one baby at a time. The question Helgen and his team wanted to answer next was: The nebljna had a lucky break that started with a camcorder video.
The discovery was the first identification of a new mammal species of the order Carnivora [note 1]  in the Americas in 35 years. Dr Helgen with colleagues wanted to understand how many olingo species should be recognized and how these species are distributed.