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2010-10-15 06:00:00

Scientists have discovered a new species of carnivorous mammal in eastern Madagascar, according to several media reports on Thursday.  The mongoose-like creature has been dubbed Durrell's vontsira (Salanoia durrelli) after the late British conservationist Gerald Durrell, and belongs to the eupleridae family endemic to Madagascar. The animal was discovered in the wetlands of Lake Alaotra, Madagascar's largest lake.  The marsh habitat has suffered from invasive species and pollution,...


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2013-04-23 13:18:30

The Madagascar Pochard (Aythya innotata) is an exceptionally rare diving duck belonging to the genus Aythya. Thought to be extinct in the late 1990s, specimens of this species were rediscovered at Lake Matsaborimena in Madagascar in 2006. Only 60 individuals remain after 18 ducklings hatched in a captive breeding center in April 2012. Based on the accounts written by Webb and Delacour’s in the 1920s and 1930s, it seemed that the bird was still relatively common at Lake Alaotra. The duck...

Durrell's Vontsira, Salanoia durrelli
2012-06-14 21:14:07

Durrell's vontsira (Salanoia durrelli) is a carnivorous mammal that is native to Madagascar. It makes up the genus Salanoia along with its closest relative, the brown-tailed mongoose, although their similarities are merely genetic. This mammal has a small range, occurring only in Lac Alaotra, a marshy area that reaches an elevation of 2460 feet. First discovered in 2004, by the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, Durrell’s vontsira was not given species status until 2010. After the...

Lac Alaotra Bamboo Lemur, Hapalemur alaotrensis
2012-06-11 11:59:38

The Lac Alaotra bamboo lemur (Hapalemur alaotrensis) is native only to the island of Madagascar. Its other common names include the Alaotran bamboo lemur, Alaotran gentle lemur, and the Lac Alaotra gentle lemur, and its local name is the bandro. It lives in a small range comprised of the area in and around the reed beds of Lac Alaotra in northeast Madagascar. The Lac Alaotra bamboo lemur is small, reaching an average body length of up to 1.3 feet and a weight of up to three pounds. The...

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