11 Apr '13, 3pm

New tree-living porcupine species discovered

New tree-living porcupine species discovered

A team of scientists working in Brazil has discovered something amazing: a tree-dwelling porcupine species that lives in one of the most endangered forest ecosystems on the planet. The new species — which is new to science but has been hunted by locals for generations — has been given the scientific name Coendou speratus , which embraces both the local name for the animal ("coandru-mirim ") and the Latin word "speratus ," which means "hope." The new species joins six other known arboreal, prehensile-tailed porcupines in the genus Coendou. Lead researcher Antonio Pontes, a professor of zoology at Brazil's Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, told the Associated Press that they chose the Latin word speratus "because we have to hope for its future." Even with that hope, though, the new porcupine does face numerous threats. It lives in the Pernambuco Endemism Centre, a portion ...

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/stories/new-tree...

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