Olinguito: A New Carnivore, Hidden in Trees Top 10 New Species of 2014Top 10 New Species of 2014 SHARE:
About the Olinguito
Name: Bassaricyon neblina
How it made the Top 10: The appealing olinguito, resembling a cross between a slinky cat and a wide-eyed teddy bear, lives secretively in cloud forests of the Andes mountains in Colombia and Ecuador. It is an arboreal carnivore that belongs to the family Procyonidae, which includes the familiar raccoon. The olinguito is smaller, though, typically topping out at about two kilograms (approximately 4.5 pounds). It is the first new carnivorous mammal described in the Western Hemisphere in 35 years. Its apparent dependence on cloud forest habitat means deforestation is a threat.
Etymology: The specific epithet neblina, which is Spanish for fog or mist, a noun in apposition, references the cloud forest habitat of the olinguito.
Type material: Holotype at the American Museum of Natural History, New York
Type locality: Las Máquinas, Pichincha Province, Ecuador
Reference: Helgen KM, Pinto CM, Kays R, Helgen LE, Tsuchiya MTN, Quinn A, Wilson DE, Maldonado JE. 2013. Taxonomic revision of the olingos (Bassaricyon), with description of a new species, the Olinguito. ZooKeys 324: 1–83.