27 Jul '12, 4pm

First pictures of newly discovered monkey in China published

First pictures of newly discovered monkey in China published

Male Rhinopithecus strykeri snub-nosed monkey. Photo by Liu Pu Researchers have published the first evidence that a recently discovered monkey ranges into China, releasing pictures of the Rhinopithecus strykeri snub-nosed monkey in its natural habitat in Yunnan province. The photos are published in the current issue of the American Journal of Primatology . Rhinopithecus strykeri was first described by scientists in 2010 after it was sighted in Kachin, a state of northeastern Myanmar (Burma). The subsequent expedition in China was led by Yongcheng Long from the Nature Conservancy China Program after a forest ranger photographed a group of snub-nosed monkeys near Pianma, in Yunann's Lushui County. Long said the species is almost certainly critically endangered in China, due to its low population. "The population of this species is hard to estimate, but based on our contacts ...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0727-new-monkey-china.html

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