New species of ‘hog-nosed’ rat discovered in Indonesia

New species of ‘hog-nosed’ rat discovered in Indonesia

New species of ‘hog-nosed’ rat discovered in Indonesia

Written by Staff Writer

06 Oct, 2015 | 4:08 pm

A team of scientists have discovered a new species of rat in Indonesia.

The species, which has been named Hyorhinomys stuempkei – hog-nosed rat – has “distinct and unique features uncommon to other rats”, they said.

Five of the rodents were discovered on Sulawesi island earlier in January by researchers from Australia, Indonesia and the US.

Museum Victoria’s mammal curator Kevin Rowe said the species was “previously undocumented”.

“We were on a mission to survey remote mountains in the area and to put evolution in Asia and Australia into context,” Mr Rowe said.

“Nothing is currently known about these rats and how widely they were distributed throughout the forests.”

-BBC

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