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Thursday, May 19, 2005

Yet another new species -- whoop gobble and honk bark

This has been a good year for new species. Nearly every month we hear news of another being discovered. This month it's a monkey. The NYT reports:

Two teams of American scientists, working independently hundreds of miles apart in Tanzania, have identified a new species of monkey, the first new primate species identified in Africa in 20 years.

The research teams, who learned of each other's work last October, named the creature the highland mangabey or Lophocebus kipunji. They report their discovery jointly in Friday's issue of the journal Science.
The newly discovered monkey, a tree-dwelling creature, is about three feet long, with long brownish fur. It has a crest of hair on its head and abundant whiskers. Unlike other Lophocebus mangabeys, which communicate with a "whoop gobble," the new species has an unusual "honk bark," the researchers said.

Read the whole thing here.

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