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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Biologists from the United States, Ecuador and Panama have described a new species of carnivore from the cloud forests of Ecuador and Colombia, and named it the Olinguito Bassaricyon neblina.

The Olinguito, Bassaricyon neblinain the wild. The animal belongs the family Procyonidae, which it shares with raccoons, coatis, kinkajous and olingos.

Bassaricyon neblina – Wikispecies

It is the first carnivore species discovered in the Western Hemisphere in more than three decades. The Olinguito, the smallest member of the raccoon family, looks like a cross between a house cat and a teddy bear.


Its head and body length is 14 inches long It has large eyes and thick, woolly orange-brown fur. Discovering a new species of carnivore, however, does not happen overnight. Dr Helgen with colleagues wanted to understand how many olingo species should be recognized and how these species are distributed.

From top to bottom: Nancy Halliday, via Helgen KM et al. Examining museum skins revealed that this new species was also smaller overall with a longer and denser coat; field baszaricyon showed that it occurred in a unique area of the northern Andes Mountains at 5, to 9, feet above sea level — elevations much higher than the known species of olingo.

This information, however, was coming from overlooked Olinguito specimens collected in the early 20th century. The question Helgen and his team wanted to answer next was: 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.

Olinguito: New Species of Mammal Found in Colombia, Ecuador

Because nelbina Olinguito was new to science, it was imperative for the scientists to record every aspect of the animal. 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.


Olinguitos live in trees and are mostly nocturnal.

They estimated that 42 percent of historic Olinguito habitat has already been converted to basaricyon or urban areas. While the Olinguito is new to science, it is not a stranger to people.

And while misidentified, specimens have been in museums for more than a century, and at least one Olinguito from Colombia was exhibited in several zoos in the United States during the s and s.

Helgen KM et al. Taxonomic revision of the olingos Bassaricyonwith description of a new species, the Olinguito. New Salamander Species Discovered.