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n. pl. o·lin·gui·tos
A small, arboreal, carnivorous mammal, Bassaricyon neblina, of northern Andean rainforests, having a pointed snout, thick brownish fur, and a long bushy tail. It is closely related to but smaller than the olingos.

[Chosen as the common name for the animal by the zoologists who recognized it as separate species, from Spanish olinguito, diminutive of olingo, olingo; see olingo.]
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(Zoology) a small omnivorous South American procyonid mammal, Bassaricyon neblina, inhabiting the mountain forests of Colombia and Ecuador: the most recent mammal to be discovered and the smallest member of family Procyonidae (the raccoons)
[C21: Spanish, diminutive of olingo]
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Produced in association with the Smithsonian Institution, an updated edition features photos and descriptions of over 2,000 species and habitats, and introduces the olinguito, a recently discovered mammal that looks like a cross between a cat and a teddy bear, and the Skywalker gibbon, found in the tropical forests of Yunnan Province in southwest China and Myanmar.
Though new species of megafauna are discovered from time to time, including in recent years new species of clouded leopard, dolphins and the olinguito, there is nothing credible - no bones, no faeces, no bite-marks, no bodies - to suggest that there could be something large and considerably different from sea creatures that we know of today.
Taxonomic revision of the olingos (Bassaricyon), with description of a new species, the Olinguito. ZooKeys 324:1-83.
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Specimens of the animal, called the olinguito (oh-lihn-GEE-toh), are found in many museums.
The result found the olinguito to be the first new carnivore species to be discovered in the Western Hemisphere in 35 years.
Humanity was introduced this week to the olinguito - the first new species of mammal in decades to be identified in the Americas.
The woolly-furred olinguito, which weighs 2lb, is related to raccoons and coatis and lives in the cloud forests of Colombia and Ecuador.
The woolly-furred olinguito is related to raccoons and coatis and lives in the cloud forests of Colombia and Ecuador.
The Smithsonian Institution announced yesterday that they have confirmed this mammal, previously mistaken for an olingo, is a distinct species, the olinguito