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New Species Of Shrew-Like Mouse Could Save Endangered Philippine Eagles

The recently discovered species, Baletemys kampalili, gets its name from Danny Balete, the late biologist who identified it.

By Monica CullAug 19, 2022 5:00 PM
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(Credit: Danny Balete) Photograph of the holotype of the newly discovered mouse.

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A shrew-like mouse species recently discovered in the mountains of the Philippines may play a vital role in the survival of the endangered Philippine Eagle. The new species (Baletemys kampalili) is named Balete’s mouse after Danilo (Danny) Balete, the late biologist who discovered it.

Like the Amazon Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef, the mountains of the Philippines are full of biodiversity. The dense jungle around the mountains is the perfect habitat for animals and other organisms to thrive.  

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