Thursday, September 13, 2012

[Mammalogy • 2005] 'Highland Mangabey' | 'Lopocebus' kipunji • A New Species of African Monkey from southern Tanzania

Highland Mangabey | Lophocebus kipunji 
 Jones, Ehardt, Butynski, Davenport, Mpunga, Machaga, De Luca. 2005

A distinct species of mangabey was independently found at two sites 370 kilometers apart in southern Tanzania (Mount Rungwe and Livingstone in the Southern Highlands and Ndundulu in the Udzungwa Mountains). This new species is described here and given the name “highland mangabey” Lophocebus kipunji sp. nov. We place this monkey in Lophocebus, because it possesses noncontrasting black eyelids and is arboreal. L. kipunji is distinguished from other mangabeys by the color of its pelage; long, upright crest; off-white tail and ventrum; and loud call. This find has implications for primate evolution, African biogeography, and forest conservation.

The Highland Mangabey Lophocebus kipunji: A New Species of African Monkey

 Jones, Trevor; Carolyn L. Ehardt, Thomas M. Butynski, Tim R. B. Davenport, Noah E. Mpunga, Sophy J. Machaga, Daniela W. De Luca. 2005. The Highland Mangabey Lopocebus kipunji: A New Species of African Monkey. Science. 308 (5725): 1161–1164. doi:10.1126/science.1109191.