Two new mole rats, one named Dr David Livingstone, I presume?

Main report: Fukomys livingstoni, I presume?
(Queen Mary University of London)
Other Reporting: Science Daily,, Science Space Robots Blog
Scientific Paper: Peer J   
New Taxa: Fukomys hanangensis
Common Name: Livingstone’s mole-rat, The Hanang mole-rat
Species named for: Dr David Livingstone
Categories: Celebrity Taxa | Mammals | New Species

Two new species of African mole-rat have been discovered by researchers at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), together with colleagues in Tanzania and at the University of Pretoria. The new mole-rats were found around Mount Hanang and at Ujiji on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, both in Tanzania. Fukomys livingstoni is named after Dr. David Livingstone, as Ujiji (the type locality) is the site of the famous meeting on 10 November 1871 when Henry Morton Stanley found the explorer David Livingstone, who many thought to be dead, and uttered the famous words “Dr. Livingstone, I presume?”

Fukomys hanangensis. Credit: Chris Faulkes

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