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New Arboreal porcupine With Prehensile Tail discovered in Brazil

In Brazil’s Baturite Mountains, scientists uncovered a new species of prehensile-tailed porcupine, according to a paper in Revista Nordestina de Biologia. Dubbed, the Baturite porcupine (Coendou baturitensis), the new species was discovered when scientists noticed significant differences between it and its closest relative, the Brazilian porcupine (Coendou prehensilis). The name prehensile-tailed refers to these porcupine’s long, mobile tail which they use as a fifth limb to adroitly climb trees.

New porcupine species, the Baturite porcupine: Coendou baturitensis. Photo by: Hugo Fernandes-Ferreira.

New porcupine species, the Baturite porcupine: Coendou baturitensis. Photo by: Hugo Fernandes-Ferreira.

 

Photo by: Hugo Fernandes-Ferreira

Photo by: Hugo Fernandes-Ferreira

 

Photo by: Hugo Fernandes-Ferreira

Photo by: Hugo Fernandes-Ferreira



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