The result―the newest species of mammal known to science, the olinguito ( Bassaricyon neblina) (Photo by Mark Gurney). The olinguito. Genus: Bassaricyon Species: Bassaricyon neblina Taxonomic revision of the olingos (Bassaricyon), with description of a new species, the. Genus, Bassaricyon. Species, Bassaricyon neblina. Taxon author, Kristofer M. Helgen, Roland Kays, Lauren Helgen, Mirian T. N. Tsuchiya.

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Saharan striped polecat I. Small-toothed palm civet A. As of now, no strict efforts are known to be in place in order to reduce habitat destruction.

Sunda stink badger M. Retrieved 22 January Chrotogale Owston’s palm civet C. Its head bassaricyo body length is 14 inches long Angolan slender mongoose G. Sulawesi palm civet M. Biologists from the United States, Ecuador and Panama nebblina described a new species of carnivore from the cloud forests of Ecuador and Colombia, and named it the Olinguito Bassaricyon neblina.

Arctonyx Hog badger A. The olinguito is the smallest member of the raccoon family. The question Helgen and his team wanted to answer next was: American black bear U.

Bassaricyon neblina – Wikispecies

These solitary animals live in trees and are mostly nocturnal. Archived from the original on 16 August The olinguito oh-lin-GHEE-toe looks like a cross between a house cat and a teddy bear. Hose’s palm civet D. Western mountain coati N. Retrieved 23 May It has thick, woolly fur that is denser and more colorful orange or reddish brown than its closest relatives, the olingos. Colombiaconservation biologyEcuadorendangered speciesmammalsNational Museum of Natural Historynew speciesSouth America.


The olinguito is distinct from the other species within the genuspopularly known as ” olingos “, and also from the kinkajou kinkajous resemble olingos, but are not closely related. The animal belongs the family Procyonidae, which it shares with raccoons, coatis, kinkajous and olingos. Olinguitos appear to be strictly arboreal. A team of Smithsonian scientists, however, uncovered overlooked museum specimens of this remarkable animal, which took them on a journey from museum cabinets in Chicago to cloud forests in South America to genetics labs in Washington, D.

Steller sea lion E.

New Zealand sea lion P. Dr Helgen with colleagues wanted to understand how many olingo species should be recognized and how these species are distributed. Ailurus Red panda A.

The olinguito is smaller than the other species in the genus Bassaricyon. Does the olinguito still exist in the wild?

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Males and females are similar in size. The Encyclopedia of Mammals Macdonald, D.

Mediterranean monk seal M. While the Olinguito is new to science, it is not a stranger to people.


Giving the olinguito its scientific name is just the beginning. Based on morphological distinctions, four olinguito subspecies have been described: The team estimated that 42 percent of historic olinguito habitat has already been converted to agriculture or urban areas. Northern fur seal C.

Smithsonian scientists discover new carnivore: the olinguito

baxsaricyon The biologists found Olinguito in a forest on the western slopes of the Andes, and spent their days documenting what they could about the animal — its characteristics and its forest home. The discovery was the first identification of a new mammal species of the order Carnivora [note 1] [9] in the Americas in 35 years.

African clawless otter A. There were even several occasions during the past century when the olinguito came close to being discovered but was not. It has large eyes and thick, woolly orange-brown fur. They learned that the Olinguito is mostly active at night, is mainly a fruit eater, rarely comes out of the trees and has one baby at a time.

Atilax Marsh mongoose A. The olinguito mainly eats fruit, but may also eat some insects and nectar.