BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD)- Louisiana State University (LSU) researchers announces a new discovery in the animal kingdom of shrews in 14 new endemic species living on the Indonesian Island.

The 14 species according to LSU researchers is the largest numbers are mammals in a scientific paper since 1931. The shrews lives on the island of Sulawesi were found by a group of scientists led by LSU mammalogist Jake Esselstyn.

“It’s an exciting discovery, but was frustrating at times,” said Esselstyn, curator of mammals at the LSU Museum of Natural Science and associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences. “Usually, we discover one new species at a time, and there is a big thrill that comes from it. But in this case, it was overwhelming because for the first several years, we couldn’t figure out how many species there were.”

Shrews are a diverse group of mammals 461 species have been identified so far—and they have a nearly global distribution. These small insectivorous animals are closer relatives to hedgehogs and moles than to any other mammals, according to LSU research.

Esselstyn’s research journey team includes—LSU doctoral student Heru Handika and LSU alumnus Mark Swanson, along with Anang Achmadi from the Indonesian Institute of Sciences in Cibinong, Indonesia; Thomas Giarla from Siena College in Loudonville, N.Y.; and Kevin Rowe from Museums Victoria in Melbourne, Australia.

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