Researchers Discover New Miniature Mammals in New Guinea

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After setting up more than 40 camera traps in a remote mountain range in north-east Papua New Guinea, researchers have captured unprecedented images of previously unknown animals, including this adorable wallaby.

All images Tenkile Conservation Alliance and Deakin University via The Guardian.

In addition to the Docopsulus wallaby, the researchers captured shots of a "Dumbo" mouse with giant ears, and an antechinus, a sort of shrew-like marsupial. Several rare tree kangaroos were also photographed.


Docopsulus wallaby:


The discoveries were made by Euan Ritchie, an ecologist at Deakin University in Melbourne, along with the Tenkile Conservation Alliance, a group headed by Australians Jim and Jean Thomas.

Another shot of the Dorcopsus wallaby:


A dwarf cassowary (image via


A tenkile tree kangaroo — only the second time a picture has ever been recorded:


Another shot of the tenkile:


And a quoll:


The Guardian reports:

Ritchie said a further expedition will look to capture the new species and take DNA samples to verify the findings.

"The feeling is better than Christmas," he said. "To go somewhere no one has gone before in order to describe new animals is pretty fantastic.

"It will be tricky to capture the animals but we'd hope we can turn the locals' hunting skills to good in order to trap them."

The camera traps revealed a number of rare other animals, including the Tenkile tree kangaroo and the Weimang tree kangaroo, which are thought to number just 600 individuals between them.

Other images taken include the dwarf cassowary, the grizzled tree kangaroo and the hooded pitohui, the only poisonous bird in the world.


Much more at The Guardian, including more pics.