During the summer of 2015, Radleians on the Honduras Expedition had the privilege to be the first people on earth to photograph what is almost certainly a new species of mammal (above) in Cusuco National Park. Scientists from the Queen's University, Belfast, are currently going through the process of describing the new species of water mouse. The rodent was first reported anecdotally swimming in streams in 2012; but it was not until last summer that the scientists hit upon the idea of baiting their small mammal traps with crab meat and thus managed to catch the first live specimens of this large, amphibious, crab-eating mouse.
Those of you who have tried to photograph a squirming, biting rodent will perhaps understand why the scientists, who were initially working alone, were not able to get any pictures themselves. But on two mornings in July 2015 Radley boys were on hand to help and got some great shots of the new species being handled. The snaps shown here were taken by Jack Hewitt who has an offer to read Biological Sciences at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, next year. He is also photographed with an apparently new species of moth (above top) which was caught on the same expedition and is currently being studied at the Natural History Museum, London.
MGN, Head of Biology