Completely new species of rat discover on Sulawesi

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The new mammal discovered in Indonesia, Hyorhinomys stuempkei, looks like a ‘rat version of a bandicoot’. Photograph: Museum Victoria
The new mammal discovered in Indonesia, Hyorhinomys stuempkei, looks like a ‘rat version of a bandicoot’. Photograph: Museum Victoria
The new mammal discovered in Indonesia, Hyorhinomys stuempkei, looks like a ‘rat version of a bandicoot’. Photograph: Museum Victoria

A team of scientists have discovered a new species of rat in Indonesia. The species, which has been named Hyorhinomys stuempkei, hog-nosed rat , has “distinct and unique features uncommon to other rats”, they said. Five of the rodents were discovered on Sulawesi earlier in January by researchers from Australia, Indonesia and the US. “It’s got enormous ears for an animal of this body size,” remarked Dr Jake Esselstyn from the Museum of Natural Science.