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Olingo

Olingo

The olingo is the common name for the genus Bassaricyon, which contains five species of procyonids. The olingos are native to Central and South America, holding a range that extends from Peru to Nicaragua. These animals prefer a habitat within rainforests at altitudes of up to 6,561 feet. This species resembles the kinkajou physically and has similar habits. However, olingos do not have long tongues or a prehensile tail, and have other physical differences. Although members of this genus share similarities to the kinkajou, their closest relative is the coati. The conservation statuses of the species in the genus are debated, because the bushy-tailed olingo is the most well-known. It is thought that the other four species of olingos could be subspecies of the bushy-tailed olingo, and there may be a sixth subspecies, which was discovered by Kristofer Helgen in 2006 and has not yet been described.

Image caption: Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery, Costa Rica – January 3, 2008. Credit: Jeremy Gatten/Wikipedia  (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Olingo


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