Grey-faced sengi described

i-19cac7121f85293d6a99a9aae6df4cf8-sengi.jpg

This is a grey-faced sengi, Rhynchocyon udzungwensis, a new species of giant elephant shrew that has been described in the February issue of Journal of Zoology (Lond.) (on whose editorial board I sit). It's a 700g beastie, so it is hefty for an elephant shrew.

Photo by AFP & California Academy of Sciences.

Tags

More like this

The grey-faced sengi (Rhynchocyon udzungwensis). From Rovero, et al. (2008).Several years ago, while on a visit to the Philadelphia Zoo, I first saw a creature I had never heard of before; the black and rufus sengi (Rhynchocyon petersi). The exhibit caption simply called it a giant elephant shrew,…
As explained in the previous article, here's another by-now-outdated effort to report on stuff that's been published recently, or recently-ish. This time: mammals. Several neat new fossil mammal discoveries have gone unreported in the press so far as I can tell. Deng & Qiu (2007) recently…
David Macaulay is famous for his "how things work" books. How Machines Work: Zoo Break! is a new book that is really fun. So fun that it took me a long time to get it back from Amanda and Huxley so I could review it. The concept is simple. A story, a simple story, is constructed, that has nothing…
Scientists have discovered two new species of animal recently, one in Tanzania and the other in Nepal. Though the researchers had spotted the giant, cat-sized shrew (Rhynchocyon udzungwensis) as far back as 2005 in Tanzania, they have now identified it as a new kind of giant sengi. The findings…

That's great news! I'll make sure I check out the issue in which it's described.

I can't believe how much that looks like a rhinogradentian Snouter.

By Sven DiMilo (not verified) on 31 Jan 2008 #permalink