Wild Fact #386 – Hide ‘n’ Seek – Montane Mouse

Wild Fact #386 – Hide ‘n’ Seek – Montane Mouse

Long Tailed Montane Mouse

Image: Stephen Richards, Conservation International

We started the week learning about a new species of bat that was discovered in Papua New Guinea a few years ago. Today we are ending the week with a rodent species that was discovered at the same time as the Tube Nosed Bat.  That’s right the cute and cuddly Montane Mouse was one of the 200 animals researchers discovered in 2009. Do you get the feeling that all of these animals were simply playing a huge game of hide ‘n’ seek with humans? Just makes you wonder how many more undiscovered animals are out there? Although there isn’t much information on this newly discovered rodent, this won’t stop us from taking a trip to Papua New Guinea to see what we can find out. You coming with me?

Stand Out From the Crowd

So what makes this Montane Mouse different then other furry little rodents? Well there must be a few things since they have been classified in their very own Genus, which means they have no close relatives. The most notable difference is the long tail with the pure white tip. This definitely makes identifying these mice easier since no other species in the area has a white tail.  In fact, have you ever seen a mouse with white tail? I know, me neither! Researchers have also described this Montane Mouse as having forward directed incisors and narrow feet. This suggests that this particular mouse is perfectly suited for a life of digging and moving soil. So the next time you need a hole dug, you know who to call for help.

Still Plenty to Discover!

What else do we know about this long tailed Montane Mouse? To be honest, not a whole lot. Since they were captured 1590 metres above sea level, it is safe to say that they don’t have a problem with high elevations. Other than that, we don’t know much more about this beautiful creature. Heck, this animal doesn’t even have a scientific name yet! I still find it mind boggling that in this day and age, we are still finding completely new animals. Hopefully there are many more to discover.

I hope you enjoyed the week of Wild Facts that featured numerous obscure animal species. Have a great weekend and I will see you on Monday for another week of fun and crazy animal facts.

 

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