New African mole rat species discovery

African mole-rat (Fukomys sp.) in a cardboard tube. Mole-rats are subterranean rodents

From Wildlife Extra:

April 2013. Two new mammal 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.

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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