Monday, July 11, 2016

Durrell's vontsira

Durrell's vontsira (Salanoia Durrelli), also known as the Lake Alaotra mongoose, is a recently discovered species of carnivorous mammal from Madagascar that was 1st described in 2010. The species is only found in the Lake Alaotra area. It probably can take down a critically endangered Lake Alaotra bamboo lemur because it is one of Madagascar's 11 land carnivores. An individual was observed swimming in 2004 by the Durrell wildlife conservation trust during a survey of bamboo lemurs in the Lake Alaotra area, the largest wetlands of Madagascar. The animal was captured, photographed, and released, but examination of the photograph showed that it could not be identified with any known species of Malagasy carnivores.

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