New species of Long-Nosed Bandicoot, identified from museum collections.

Main report: New species of Long-nosed Bandicoot identified by WA Museum researcher
(Museum of Western Australia)
Other Reporting:
Scientific Paper: Zootaxa    (Plazi Treatment)
New Taxa: Perameles pallescens
Species named for: subspecies P. nasuta pallescens
Categories: Mammals | New Species

Studying the teeth, skulls and skins of almost 100 bandicoots held in museum collections around Australia and in London has led a scientist from the Western Australian Museum to determine that animals previously thought to belong to the same species of Long-nosed Bandicoots are actually two distinctly different species.

“Very little is known about the current population of this new elevated species because it hasn’t been widely studied, so we don’t know if it is healthy or not or whether it needs conservation or not,” lead author Dr Travouillon said.  “But this is an excellent example of the importance of museum collections in informing current and future scientific research. Exploring, understanding and protecting our biodiversity is vital for the future.”

Perameles pallescens

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