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Giant, tree-dwelling rat discovered in Solomon Islands

Giant, tree-dwelling rat discovered in Solomon Islands

Mammals, New Species, Species Discovery September 28, 2017 at 2:39 pm

The Vangunu giant rat can weigh two pounds and reach lengths of 1.5 feet.  Mammalogist Tyrone Lavery first heard stories about ‘vika’, a giant, coconut-cracking, tree-dwelling rat from the Solomon Islands, in 2010.  But the elusive rodent may already be close to extinction.  After years of searching for the elusive animal, he has finally confirmed its existence, making it the first new rodent species to be described from the islands in more than 80 years.  The animal that Lavery studied was found leaving a tree that had been felled by a commercial logging company. It died from its injuries, but wasRead More

‘Yoda bat’ officially recognised as new species

‘Yoda bat’ officially recognised as new species

Mammals, New Species August 27, 2017 at 10:32 am

An unusual breed of fruit bat—previously nicknamed ‘Yoda’ due to its resemblance to the Star Wars Jedi Master—has now officially been registered as a new species and renamed the happy (Hamamas) tube-nosed fruit bat.  The widespread New Guinean species which is tentatively placed in the cyclotis group.  

Another new blue-spotted maskray, a new species identified from a single nucleotide polymorphism

Another new blue-spotted maskray, a new species identified from a single nucleotide polymorphism

Fish, New Species April 10, 2017 at 11:38 am

A new blue-spotted maskray from the Solomon archipelago, identified via DNA barcoding.  This specimen was obtained from a fish market, Guadalcanal Island.  See also Status of the bluespotted maskray complex with the description of three new species (April 2016).

With students’ help a tiny parasitic crab is discovered

With students’ help a tiny parasitic crab is discovered

Citizen Science, Crustaceans, New Species, Species Discovery January 24, 2017 at 5:31 pm

During a 2014 Solomon Islands expedition, students studying biodiversity placed a biocube on a portion of the reef off of Njari Island that contained a large chunk of dead coral. “The students extracted the cube, brought it back to the boat and took it apart,” explains Chris Meyer, Natural History Museum mollusk expert and a principal researcher with Biocube.

A new species of freshwater fish from the Solomon Islands

A new species of freshwater fish from the Solomon Islands

Fish, New Species November 1, 2016 at 4:26 pm

A new species of freshwater fish is described from streams of the Solomon Islands using genetic analysis.