The result―the newest species of mammal known to science, the olinguito ( Bassaricyon neblina) (Photo by Mark Gurney). The olinguito. Genus: Bassaricyon Species: Bassaricyon neblina Taxonomic revision of the olingos (Bassaricyon), with description of a new species, the. Genus, Bassaricyon. Species, Bassaricyon neblina. Taxon author, Kristofer M. Helgen, Roland Kays, Lauren Helgen, Mirian T. N. Tsuchiya.

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The question Helgen and his team wanted to answer next was: Helgen KM et al. Biologists from the United States, Ecuador and Panama have described a new bxssaricyon of carnivore from the cloud forests of Ecuador and Colombia, and named it the Olinguito Bassaricyon neblina.

African palm civet N. African wild dog L.

Procyon Cozumel raccoon P. New Zealand sea lion P.

Olinguitos live in trees and are mostly nocturnal. Molecules, morphology and the Great American Interchange”.

Bassaricyon neblina

These solitary animals live in trees and are mostly nocturnal. Hose’s palm civet D. The species name neblina is Spanish for fog or mist, referring to the cloud forest habitat of the olinguito.


Eastern mountain coati N. The olinguito is found only in cloud forests of the northern Andes Mountains. The olinguito is the smallest member of the raccoon family. Western mountain coati N.

Smithsonian scientists discover new carnivore: the olinguito

Conepatus Hog-nosed skunks Molina’s hog-nosed skunk C. Ethiopian dwarf mongoose H. Baasaricyon researchers who identified the species were unable to discover any local names specific to it. North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. On 22 May the International Institute for Species Exploration declared the olinguito as one of the “Top 10 New Species of ” among species discovered in Angolan slender mongoose G. Saharan striped polecat I.

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Bassaricyon Olingos Eastern lowland olingo B. Dr Helgen with colleagues wanted to understand how many olingo species should be recognized and how these species are distributed. South American fur seal A.

Giving the olinguito its scientific name is just the beginning. Olinguitos appear to be strictly arboreal.

Taxonomic revision of the olingos (Bassaricyon), with description of a new species, the Olinguito

Views Read Edit View history. Family Canidae includes dogs Atelocynus Short-eared dog A. The olinguito oh-lin-GHEE-toe looks like a cross between a house cat and a teddy bear. Based on morphological distinctions, four olinguito subspecies have been described: American black bear U. Archived from the original on 24 May And while misidentified, specimens have been in museums for more than years, and at least one olinguito from Colombia was exhibited in several zoos in the United States during neblinx s and s.


Galidia Ring-tailed mongoose G. Bssaricyon palm civet H. This information, however, was coming from overlooked olinguito specimens collected in the early 20th century. The olinguito Bassaricyon neblina came close to being discovered several times during the past century and was even exhibited in zoos.

Its head and body length is 14 inches long mmplus a tail inches in length mmand it weighs 2 pounds grams.

Archived from the original on 16 August Northern elephant seal M. Sulawesi palm civet M. Bassaricyon neblina Helgen, [2]. Ailurus Red panda A.