A team of researchers conducting studies in the Amazon has confirmed the existence of six new species of anteaters. Instead of one single species, it has been confirmed that Cyclopes didactylus can be subdivided into an additional six species.
How Did Scientists Discover these Additional Species of Anteater?
Notoriously difficult to find due to their nocturnal habits and diminutive size, scientists spent ten years gathering data and genetic information from anteater specimens around Brazil. The anteaters were measured and photographed, and also had blood samples taken.
“The reason for this may be the life habits of these animals. All species occupy a similar and highly specialized ecological niche with no competition.”