Peru: new rodent species discovered


Isothrix barbarabrownae

From Biology News Net:

A strikingly unusual animal was recently discovered in the cloud-forests of Peru.

The large rodent is about the size of a squirrel and looks a bit like one, except its closest relatives are spiny rats.

The nocturnal, climbing rodent is beautiful yet strange looking, with long dense fur, a broad blocky head, and thickly furred tail.

A blackish crest of fur on the crown, nape and shoulders add to its distinctive appearance.

Isothrix barbarabrownae, as the new species has been named, is described in the current issue of Mastozoología Neotropical (Neotropical mammalogy), the principal mammalogy journal of South America.

See also here.

Peru: long-whiskered owlet; see also here.

Cloud forest in Peru: here.

The Golden Vizcacha Rat, Pipanacoctomys aureus, is listed as ‘Critically Endangered’ on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. It is known only from one small area at Salar de Pipanaco in the Catamarca province, Argentina, where it inhabits a narrow band of halophytic (salt-tolerant) plant habitat, and specializes on feeding on the halophytic plants: here.

Root vole in Amsterdam: here.

Water voles in Britain: here.

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