New, colorful monkey species discovered in Africa rain forest

by Rebecca on September 14, 2012

in Animals in the News

Gorgeous animal has blond mane, bright red patch on lower back and, for guys, a blue rump

Image: Lesula\

Hart et al. / PLOS ONE

This captive adult male represents the new monkey species known as the lesula, or Cercopithecus lomamiensis.

Gilbert Paluku / PLOS One

The bright blue nether regions of a male lesula. This one was killed by hunters.

Read more at: MSNBC

The species is described in a PLOS ONE paper titled “Lesula: A New Species of Cercopithecus Monkey Endemic to the Democratic Republic of Congo and Implications for Conservation of Congo’s Central Basin.” In addition to Detwiler and the Harts, co-authors include Christopher Gilbert, Andrew Burrell, James Fuller, Maurice Emetshu, Ashley Vosper, Eric Sargis and Anthony Tosi.

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