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National Geographic - Found: 4 New Species of Gopher-Like Mammals

Commonly called tuco-tucos, after the short “tuc tuc” sound of their vocalizations, Ctenomys are small, burrowing mammals. The four new species were found by Scott Gardner, curator at the University of Nebraska State Museum, and his research team after nearly three decades of sporadic fieldwork in the Andes and surrounding lowlands.

Named in honor of different colleagues who contributed to the research, the four new species—Ctenomys erikacuellarae, Ctenomys yatesi, Ctenomys andersoni, and Ctenomys lessai—are described in a paper published last month by the Museum of Texas Tech University.

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