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New primate species discovered in Asia, the Popa Langur

The newly described species, the Popa langur only occurs in central Myanmar and is named after the sacred Mount Popa, which holds the largest population of the species with about 100 animals. Mount Popa is an extinct volcano, which features an important wildlife sanctuary, as well as a sacred pilgrimage site, home to Myanmar’s most venerated spirits, known as ‘Nats’. Altogether there are only 200 to 250 animals of the new species, which live in four isolated populations.

In addition to the German Primate Center and Fauna & Flora International, Chances for Nature (CfN), Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and the natural history museums in London, Leiden, New York and Singapore were also involved in the study.

Photo of Popa Langur by Thaung Win

Learn more about it:

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-54894681

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/nov/11/popa-scoop-100-year-old-monkey-faeces-reveals-new-species-in-myanmar

Original publication:

Christian Roos, Kristofer M. Helgen, Roberto Portela Miguez, Naw May Lay Thant, Ngwe Lwin, Aung Ko Lin, Aung Lin, Khin Mar Yi, Paing Soe, Zin Mar Hein, Margaret Nyein Nyein Myint, Tanvir Ahmed, Dilip Chetry, Melina Urh, E. Grace Veatch, Neil Duncan, Pepijn Kamminga, Marcus A. H. Chua, Lu Yao, Christian Matauschek, Dirk Meyer, Zhijin Liu, Ming Li, Tilo Nadler, Pengfei Fan, Le Khac Quyet, Michael Hofreiter, Dietmar Zinner, Frank Momberg (2020). Mitogenomic phylogeny of the Asian colobine genus Trachypithecus with special focus on Trachypithecus phayrei(Blyth, 1847) and description of a new species. Zoological Research,http://www.zoores.ac.cn/en/article/doi/10.24272/j.issn.2095-8137.2020.254

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