Museum close to iden­ti­fy­ing two new mam­mals in Solomon Is­lands

Fiji Sun - - World News -

Can­berra: An Aus­tralian museum ex­pe­di­tion to Solomon Is­lands be­lieves it is just weeks away from de­scrib­ing two new species of mam­mals — a gi­ant rat and a mon­key-faced bat. On the last day of a visit to the is­land of Malaita, peo­ple from Oloburi vil­lage nar­rowly missed cap­tur­ing what is be­lieved to be a new species of gi­ant rat. Good de­scrip­tions of what is thought to be a new mon­key­faced bat were also col­lected as the 15-mem­ber ex­pe­di­tion made its way on foot from the east coast of the Malaita to the west, through the rugged in­te­rior. The Solomons ar­chi­pel­ago is a bio­di­ver­sity hotspot so rich pi­o­neer­ing mam­mol­o­gist Tim Flannery dubbed it “the Gala­pa­gos of the Western Pa­cific”. Ra­dio Aus­tralia

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