Australian researchers have identified two new species of mammals in Land Down Under – both cousins of the doe-eyed marsupial, known as the larger gliders, according to one report.
A study published in the journal Nature’s Scientific Reports found two new and smaller species of gliders in northern and central Australia, outside of the country’s known habitat for marsupial marsupial, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.
“Australia’s biodiversity has become so much richer,” said Andrew Krockenberger, professor at James Cook University and co-author of the study. “Not every day new mammals are confirmed, let alone two new mammals.”;
The known south roller coaster, about the size of an ordinary marsupial, sleeps on hollow trees in the forests of Victoria and New South Wales during the day and sets out at night in search of eucalyptus leaves – sometimes flying up to 330 feet in the air.
In recent years, it has been classified as endangered, with population declining 80% in the past two decades due to logging, global warming and the encroachment of urban development, Herald said.
There are currently three species that need care, the researchers said.
The newly discovered northern species, living in the eucalypt forests between Mackay and Cairns in Queensland, is the smallest of the glider tribe, growing to the size of a small tailed mammal, up to about a foot long. .
That’s compared to the south roller coaster, which can reach almost 2 feet long.
The new central species was found from south Queensland up to Mackay and is between the two other species in size.
Ecologist Kara Youngentob of the Australian National University told the Herald: “It was really interesting to find this biodiversity, and the roller coaster is also an animal with powerful charisma.
“But dividing the larger glider species into multiple species reduces the previous wide distribution of the original species, increases conservation concerns for that animal and highlights the lack of attention,” Youngentob said. information on other larger gliders.