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Default New carnivorous mammal discovered in Madagascar - first in 24 years

New carnivorous mammal discovered in Madagascar - first in 24 years
October 11, 2010
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New carnivorous mammal discovered in Madagascar - first in 24 years
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Stephan M Funk of Nature Heritage, formerly at Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust and co-author of the paper, said ‘Population genetics and evolution of the Durrell’s vontsira and related species remain badly understood, highlighting the importance of future research. More important, however, is the protection of the wetlands around Lac Alaotra, which remain highly threatened.’

The habitat of Durrell’s vontsira has been suffering from a number of threats over the past decades, from introduced fish to silting and pollution from fertiliser and pesticides. While the conservation status of the new species remains to be formally evaluated, it is likely to be threatened as a result of small population size, restricted distribution and the impact of habitat degradation...
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Default First New Carnivore Discovered in 24 years: New Species Discovered

First New Carnivore Discovered in 24 years: New Species Discovered
October 12, 2010 03:08 PM EDT (Updated: October 12, 2010 03:54 PM EDT)
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First New Carnivore Discovered in 24 years: New... | Gather
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The first new carnivore discovered in 24 years is a completely new species. What is amazing is that the discovery of the new carnivore is also just in time, before it became extinct.

Known as Durrell's vontsira (or Salanoia durrelli) the new species is characterized as a "speckled, cat-sized mammal,” according to Fox news. The animal was discovered in the Lac Alaotra wetlands in central eastern Madagascar....
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