Thursday, September 13, 2012

[Mammalogy • 2006] Kipunji | Rungwecebus kipunji • A New Genus of African Monkey, Rungwecebus (Cercopithecoidea, Cercopithecinae): Morphology, Ecology, and Molecular Phylogenetics


Rungwecebus kipunji
(Jones, Ehardt, Butynski, Davenport, Mpunga, Machaga, De Luca. 2005)

Rungwecebus new Genus 
Davenport, Stanley, Sargis, De Luca, Mpunga, Machaga and Olsen, 2006
synonym: Lophocebus kipunji
Jones, Ehardt, Butynski, Davenport, Mpunga, Machaga, De Luca. 2005


A new species of African monkey, Lophocebus kipunji, was described in 2005 based on observations from two sites in Tanzania. We have since obtained a specimen killed by a farmer on Mount Rungwe, the type locality. Detailed molecular phylogenetic analyses of this specimen demonstrate that the genus Lophocebus is diphyletic. We provide a description of a new genus of African monkey and of the only preserved specimen of this primate. We also present information on the animal's ecology and conservation.

Mammals of Tanzania | Rungwecebus kipunji 




Mammals of Tanzania
Rungwecebus kipunji
Davenport, Stanley, Sargis, De Luca, Mpunga, Machaga and Olsen, 2006



Davenport, Tim R. B.; William T. Stanley, Eric J. Sargis, Daniela W. De Luca, Noah E. Mpunga, Sophy J. Machaga, and Link E. Olson. 2006. A New Genus of African Monkey, Rungwecebus: Morphology, Ecology, and Molecular Phylogenetics. Science. 312 (5778): 1378–81. doi:10.1126/science.1125631.

new Monkey species found in Africa
The secret life of the Kipunji

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