National Geographic reveals the night monkeys and other bizarre creatures of the 70,000 acre jungle that explorers are calling “a heaven of biodiversity”:
Rarely seen and little-studied, night monkeys are listed as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and endangered by the Peruvian government, making the new discovery especially notable.
The as yet unnamed new species was found close to the border of Ecuador, said expedition co-leader Gerardo Ceballos, of the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Compared with two other species of night monkey in the region, the new one has a more uniform color and smaller skull.
Occasionally known as a marsupial shrew, common shrew opossums are usually rat-size and have well-defined ears, long tails, and long, pointed snouts.
“It belongs to [a] marsupial family with only three other species,” Ceballos said.
Unlike other porcupines in the region, the new species’ quills are “extremely long,” Ceballos said.
Locals also told the team that there may be more porcupine species awaiting discovery. “They showed the skin of an entirely different species we have never seen,” he said.
It’s NatGeo – pictures at the link.