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A new species of flying squirrel has been discovered in China by scientists which is to say that the new creature is already under threat.
Known as Biswamoyopterus gaoligongensis, or the Mount Gaoligong, flying squirrel, and the new species was found in Yunnan Province, Southwest China. For the first time, discovered the first one in 2018, the world was initially considered to be a part of the ‘missing’ Namdapha flying squirrel species. But a closer inspection of the color, as well as the teeth of a skull, they gave to the researchers, the trust is “separate from the previously known species in the genus,” according to the release, the discussion of the findings.
The new species has been discovered in the ’empty space’ is spread over 1,250 miles-between the isolated habitats of the two known species, which suggests that the genus is more widely distributed than was previously thought, the study’s lead author, Li Quan, said in a statement. “There’s still a lot of work for the new Biswamoyopterus populations are found to be in-between or in addition to the already well-known around the world.”
A Close-up of the above-described from the flying squirrel species, Biswamoyopterus gaoligongensis. (Credit: Kadoorie Farm & Botanic Garden
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The study, which was published in the scientific journal ZooKeys.
“The results of this study showed that the samples from Yunnan province (China), differing from both B. laoensis, and B. biswasi, in both pelage color, and craniology, and to be recognized as a separate species, B. gaoligongensis sp. nov., which is formally described here as,” the abstract notes.
The other members of the Biswamoyopterus, gender, the previously mentioned Namdapha flying squirrel, and the Laotian giant flying squirrel was first discovered in may 2013.
It is likely that the “glowing red eyes” to see it in the photos, are nothing more than the result of a lens flare on the camera.
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“The morphological characteristics of the B. gaoligongensis to be closer to the endangered and missing, Namdapha flying squirrel, but it’s still clearly recognizable as a separate species,” Li added in the statement
In view of the fact that the Mount Gaoligong, flying squirrels have been spotted close to human settlements, it is possible that a man can result in the disruption of the species, which makes it all the more necessary for researchers to examine and study it as soon as possible, Quan added.
“That is why there is an urgent need for studies on the ecology, distribution and conservation status of this rare and beautiful species.”
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