21 Jun '11, 1pm

Seven new species of mammals discovered on Luzon Island, Philippines

Seven new species of mammals discovered on Luzon Island, Philippines

Chicago, IL - A group of American and Filipino biologists have discovered seven previously unknown species of mammals in the Philippines, increasing the number of native mammals known from Luzon Island (excluding bats) from 42 to 49 (17 percent). The formal descriptions of the seven species, all of which are members of the genus Apomys , were published on 20 May in Fieldiana , the peer-reviewed journal of The Field Museum , where the project is based. The nine co-authors included biologists from the University of the Philippines, the Philippine National Museum, Conservation International-Philippines , Utah Museum of Natural History, and Florida State University. “These animals are part of the rich biological heritage of the Philippines”, said Dr. Theresa Mundita Lim, Director of the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau, Department of the Environment and Natural Resources (D...

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