Symbol opinion vote Comment: Please see WT:WikiProject Mammals#Draft:Ardennes Marmot where this has been discussed. Basically an article about the Ardennes Marmot cannot be accepted until mainstream scientific sources have confirmed that this is indeed a distinct species. Roger (Dodger67) (talk) 14:14, 17 August 2015 (UTC)

Symbol opinion vote Comment: I have asked WikiProject Mammals for advice as I'm not sure if we accept articles about unnamed species. Roger (Dodger67) (talk) 14:02, 12 August 2015 (UTC)

Ardennes marmot
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Sciuridae
Subfamily: Xerinae
Tribe: Marmotini
Genus: Marmota
Species: To be determined
Binomial name
To be determined

The Ardennes Marmot is a species of rodent that was discovered in the woods of the mountainous Ardennes region of Belgium in 2009[1]. It is now assumed to belong to the squirrel family Sciuridae and within that family the Marmota genus; taxonomic data are not yet published. The name Ardennes Marmot was first given to the animal in the local press; it has no other common name yet, nor a scientific name. The animal was discovered to be known locally by the name of “Doudou de la Montagne” (little mountain bear) and described as a rare and cautious cave-dwelling type of squirrel.

The discovery, by Dutch amateur naturalist Ruud Jacobs[2], is a spectacular one with respect to the location: the Ardennes Marmot is only the fourth mammal species to be discovered in Europe in the 2000’s, after the Cypriot Mouse in 2004, the Sardinian Long-eared Bat in 2002 and the Alcathoe Myotis bat in 2001.

No specimen has been caught yet. The marmot measures approximately 20 centimetres (9 in) and is supposed to weigh between 0.25 and 0,5 kilograms (0,5-1 lb). It has a coat of brown-black fur and a pinkish snout.

See also


Category: Ground squirrels Category: Marmots Category: Mammals of Europe

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