Environment
Vietnam finds new species of ferret
  • By P.T | dtinews.vn | November 23, 2011 11:38 AM

The Cuc Phuong Primate Rescue Centre confirmed that a new species of ferret was found at Cuc Phuong National Park.

 
New ferret species found at Ninh Binh Province’s Cuc Phuong National Park
The animal belongs to Burmese Ferret Badger species that has a scientific name as Melogale cucphuongensis sp. nov.

The centre has published their research results about this species on Der Zoologische Garten, a very well-known peer-reviewed scientific publications.

The animal has some typical features that are different from other species of ferrets such as a blackish-brown body, white spotted forehead, and long whiskers.

In 2006 scientists found another animal similar to this one, which was injured, and later died. Since they were not allowed to keep the animal for subsequent research, identification of the animal was not completed.The Melogale sub-family mainly lives in Indochina and the islands of Java, Bali, and Northeastern Borneo.

The sub-family includes four species of M. personata, M. moschata, M. orientalis and M. everetti. Vietnam has found M. personata and M. moschata species.

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