LSU, Australian, Indonesian scientists find new shrew-rat

7 years 11 months 3 weeks ago Tuesday, October 06 2015 Oct 6, 2015 October 06, 2015 5:03 PM October 06, 2015 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Janet McConnaughey
Image: Kevin C. Rowe / Museum Victoria, Melbourne.

NEW ORLEANS - A Louisiana State University scientist and international colleagues have discovered a new kind of shrew-rat: a big-eared, long-snouted rodent with extra-long lower incisors jutting out below a flat, piggy nose.

The hog-nosed shrew rat is the cover critter for this month's "Journal of Mammology," where Jacob A. Esselstyne (ESS-uhl-stin) and scientists from Australia and Indonesia describe their find. 

It is so different from seven other species on the Indonesian island of Sulaweisi (soo-luh-WAY-see) that it's considered a new genus: that is, it's believed to have different ancestors from other shrew-rats. 

The scientists dubbed it Hyorhinomys stuempkei. The genus name means "hog-nosed." The species is named after the pseudonym used by a German biologist to describe a fictional island inhabited by animals with extraordinary nose and ear adaptations.

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