Monday, December 20, 2004

Macaca munzala, a new species of Macaque after 101 years

"Scientists find new Indian monkey." By Alex Kirby, BBC News, 16 Dec 2004.

'A new species, the Arunachal macaque, Macaca munzala is described in a forthcoming issue of the International Journal of Primatology. It is a comparatively large brown primate with a relatively short tail.

Sighted in the north-eastern state of Arunachal Pradesh, during expeditions last year and this year, it was photographed in India by an international team of researchers. The monkey is apparently well known to the residents of the Himalayan districts where the species occurs.

"Few would have thought that with over a billion people and retreating wild lands, a new large mammal species would ever be found in India, of all places - Dr M D Madhusudan, WCS."

The last species of macaque to be discovered in the wild was the Indonesian Pagai macaque, described in 1903.'

See BBC News and the NCF press release.

Photo from Nature Conservation Foundation website.

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