New rat species find sheds light on Philippine mammalian diversity

Main report: New rat species find sheds light on Philippine mammalian diversity
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Scientific Paper: Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington   
New Taxa: Batomys uragon
Species named for: the Bicolano word uragon, “possessing great ability, vitality, or power”.
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The discovery of Batomys uragon (Mt. Isarog Hairy-tailed Rat) is a necessary building block to understanding the origin and evolution of perhaps the greatest concentration of unique mammalian diversity in the world. — an interview with a member of the research team, Lawrence Heaney, of the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago.

Adult female Batomys uragon from Mt. Isarog, 1550 m elevation, Camarines Sur Province, Luzon Island. Photographed by E. A. Rickart, 18 March 1988.

 

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