Meijaard , Erik, Kitchener, Andrew C and Smeenk , Chris (2006) New Bornean carnivore’ is most likely a little known flying squirrel. Mammal Review, 36 (4). pp. 318-324. ISSN 1365-2907

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Abstract

We analysed two camera-trap photos of an alleged new species of carnivore from Kalimantan, Borneo, Indonesia.
Comparisons of the features seen in the photos with morphological features of 17 similar-looking species from the region suggest that the animal is not a new species of carnivore, as had been widely speculated, but is most likely a rarely seen species of flying squirrel, probably Aeromys thomasi.
We advocate continuing adherence to the formalities of species description based on actual specimens and a formal review process. Even informal announcements about possible new species based on photographs or other indirect evidence should adopt a cautionary approach. All the possibilities should be eliminated using any available means, such as comparative morphometrics and assessments of body shape and posture, and coat colour.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Aeromys, Borneo Camera Trap, Civet, New Mammal, Petaurista
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Theme: Understanding the natural world
Department: Natural Sciences
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Depositing User: Mark Glancy
Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2010 15:02
Last Modified: 07 Jan 2014 17:24
URI: http://repository.nms.ac.uk/id/eprint/122

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