Two new species of marsupials discovered in Australia

Australian researchers have discovered two new mammals. Both marsupials are family of the flying marsupials. In Dutch, the already known species is called giant couscous. Thats the largest marsupial that can float with the help of a fly skin, a kind of flysuit thats stuck from the elbows to the ankles.

The report of the researchers was published in the journal Natures Scientific Reports. The research report refers to two new smaller species of marsupials found in northern and central Australia.

Thats outside the habitat of the known species that occurs in southern Australia. Thats what the Sydney Morning Herald reports. โ€œBiodiversity in Australia has just become much richer,โ€ said Andrew Krockenberger, a professor at James Cook University and co-author of the research.

The special animals have large round hairy ears which, like the big eyes, are facing forward. As a result, the animal can hear and see stereoscopically and estimate distances very accurately. Thanks to these characteristics, they can make gliding flights of more than 100 metres in the dark and land in exactly the right place.

โ€œ Its not every day that new mammals are discovered, let alone two new mammals. The already known variant is considered to be endangered species. The population has declined by as much as 80 percent over the past two decades. โ€œNow there are three types to care for,โ€ said the researchers.

The newly discovered northern species, lives in the eucalyptus forests between Mackay and Cairns in Queensland, and is the smallest of the flying marsupials. It grows up to about thirty centimeters long. For comparison, the known species that lives in the south can grow up to almost 60 centimeters in size.

The newly found species discovered in the middle of Australia lives in the south of Queensland and lies in size between the two others.

โ€œ Its really great to have discovered these two. They are such charismatic animals,โ€ says the Australian National Kara Youngentob to the Herald. โ€œBut now that there are several species, we are also concerned about the spread of the original species,โ€ said Youngentob.