Olinguito

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Olinguito
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Procyonidae
Genus: Bassaricyon
Species: B. neblina

The Olinguito (Bassaricyon neblina),[1] is a newly identified mammal of genus Bassaricyon.[2] It is part of the Procyonidae family which also include raccoons.

Its discovery was announced on 15 August 2013 by the curator of mammals at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.[3] The curator discovered specimens of the species in storage at the Field Museum of Natural History and used DNA testing to confirm a new species.[2]

Distribution and habitat[change | change source]

Specimens of the species have been identified from the cloud forest stretching from central Colombia to western Ecuador.[2] Four subspecies of the olinguito have been described.

Ecology and behaviour[change | change source]

The animal is mainly a frugivore, as well as solitary and nocturnal. It produces a single offspring at a time.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. Spanish for “little olingo”
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 O'Brien, Jane 2013. Olinguito: 'Overlooked' mammal carnivore is major discovery. BBC News Science & Environment. [1]
  3. Stromberg, Joseph 2013. "For the first time in 35 years, a new carnivorous mammal species is discovered in the American continents". Smithsonian Magazine. http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/For-the-First-Time-in-35-Years-A-New-Carnivorous-Mammal-Species-is-Discovered-in-the-Western-Hemisphere--219762981.html. Retrieved 15 August 2013.