A few days ago it was announced that not only were these unique little guys a new species but a whole new genus called Hyorhinomys stuempkei.
5 of them were discovered back in January by a team of Australian, Indonesian and American researchers on Sulawesi island in South East Asia, although it’s not currently known how widely they’re found across the island.
One of the discoverers, Kevin Rowe who is Museum Victoria’s mammal curator, said they discovered the new shrew rat while “on a mission to survey remote mountains in the area and to put evolution in Asia and Australia into context.”
This discovery is so exciting because they’re so unlike anything that’s been discovered before.
Their most distinctive features include extremely large ears, long hind legs and a tiny mouth but with big teeth! Their teeth are also interesting because unlike most rodents which have orange teeth, the hog-nosed shrew rat has bright white teeth.
Also, unsurprisingly from their name, they have long, hog-like noses which probably help them when eating things like worms, beetles and other bugs!
Journal of Mammalogy – A hog-nosed shrew rat (Rodentia: Muridae) from Sulawesi Island, Indonesia
Gizmodo: The Hog-Nosed Rat Just Got Discovered. Twice. Simultaneously.
Sky News: Hog-Nosed Shrew Rat Is ‘Exciting’ New Species
BBC News: New ‘hog-nosed rat’ discovered in Indonesia