Discovery: There's a new Monkey in town

Discovery: There's a new Monkey in town

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Lesula

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Lesula
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Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Primates
Family:Cercopithecidae
Genus:Cercopithecus
Species:C. lomamiensis
Binomial name
Cercopithecus lomamiensis
Hart et al., 2012

The lesula (Cercopithecus lomamiensis) is a species of Old World monkey in the guenon family, found in the Lomami Basin of the Congo. It was discovered in 2007 and confirmed in a 2012 publication. The lesula is the second new species of African monkey to be discovered since 1984. This monkey is described to have human looking eyes and a blue bottom[1][2] “And adult males have a huge bare patch of skin in the buttocks, testicles and perianal area,” said John A. Hart, the researcher who described the monkey. “It’s a brilliant blue, really pretty spectacular.”[3]

The lesula lives in rainforests in the Democratic Republic of Congo, with the 2007 specimen found in captivity in the village of Opala. Since that sighting, it has also been seen in the wild. Its range is between the Lomami and Tshuapa rivers in the central part of the country.[4]

The lesula is vulnerable to hunting for bushmeat. Protecting the species could be challenging, as species with such a small range can go from vulnerable to seriously endangered in a few years. The lesula's range is within the Tshuapa�"Lomami�"Lualaba Conservation Landscape, and the Lomami National Park has been proposed to protect this and other species in the region.[4]

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Well, I was hoping for a poem... but this was a nice aside. :-)
Now stop monkeying around and write some more poetry! ha.

Posted 6 Years Ago


Eve

6 Years Ago

lol, what can I say, I love monkeys...I'll try :)
that is really interesting news.... I saw something on the news about a herbivorous lizard being discovered, gosh but I can't remember the name, or where..... and at the time I told someone that it was better they be left undiscovered, now everyone will be trying to exploit these animals to make a profit... for their meat and they will be over hunted... it's amazing to know they are out there but it's also sad to see they are critically endangered.... I hope the protection lasts.. the fate of most mammals not including humans is a precarious one in this world... and then you look back at the events of mass extinctions in history.. will there be another repeat, it is going to happen I suppose.. the question is when and what then...

Posted 7 Years Ago


Eve

7 Years Ago

I know, that is so true Circe, it makes me so sad to think of all the extinctions already lost to us.. read more
I guess you can be a reporter for the discovery channel ... LOl
Joking aside I like it ... It was different ... We are getting closer to finding more rare animals... Brilliant and different...

Posted 7 Years Ago


Eve

7 Years Ago

I love the Monkeys, and I was so excited to find a new poo slinger had joined the ranks! wooot.
Sami Khalil

7 Years Ago

Ha ha ha ...

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