Seven new forest mouse species have come out of hiding on Luzon, the largest island of the Philippines, researchers announced Monday.
Observations of each mouse's morphology as well as genetics suggest the seven newbies are part of a new subgenus called Megapomys, which is part of the genus Apomys. These mice are relatively large, weighing less than a half pound tails that are as long as, or slightly shorter, than the length of the animal's body and head.
"It is extraordinary that so many new species of mammals remain to be discovered in the Philippines, And we are nowhere close to the end of our discoveries. The Philippines may have the greatest concentration of unique species of animals of any country in the world,"
according to Danilo Balete, leader of the project's field team.
There's hoping they discover a dragon or a unicorn next!
Photo: Velizar Simeonovski, The Field Museum