Just discovered, already threatened

 

It responds to the name Lesula. This African monkey species lives in the Democratic Republic of Congo, in one of the last unexplored forests by biologists.

“Cercopithecus lomamiensis” is the second species of monkeys discovered during the past 28 years. The study, published in the journal PLoS One in September 2012, was conducted by John and Terese Hart and funded by Yale University and the Arcus Foundation among others.

The first specimen was identified in June 2007 at a school in the town of Opala, a man had taken it after finding his mother dead. People of this city named it Lesula.

After three years of thorough morphological and genetic studies, scientists are now able to say it is a separate species.

Cercopithecus lomamiensis lives in small groups of five people maximum, feeds almost exclusively on plants and fruit, although it climbs trees to the collection, seems to spend much more time on the ground than most other primates. This latter feature could also lead to the ruin; Lesula is well known to local people because it is being hunted for its meat. Scientists hope therefore that the identification of the new species will help to preserve it.

 

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