New monkey species found in Amazon rainforests

A new monkey species with unique calico colouring has been spotted in the Amazon rainforest.

What is believed to be a new monkey species in the Amazon rainforest may in fact already be endangered, according to researchers, due to deforestation in the region.

 

Saki monkey (member of the Pithecia genus)

Saki monkey (member of the Pithecia genus)

The new saki Saki monkey (any primate member of the Pithecia genus) was spotted on three separate occasions in a part of the Amazon rain forest, according to a new study from the University of Mato Grosso in Brazil.

“We sent the first pictures to an expert, but everything suggests that it is a new species. The characteristics are very different,” biologist Manoel dos Santos Filho was quoted as telling Brazilian news agency G1 Globo.

Saki monkey is the common name given to any primate that is a member of the Pithecia genus, according to FactZoo.com. These animals live in rainforests ranging across South America from South Colombia to Central Brazil, Nature World News reported.

Saki monkey is the common name given to any primate that is a member of the They can reach up to 20 inches (50 centimeters) long and weigh about 4.4 pounds. And due to their elusive nature, as they rarely leave the trees that they live in, it’s no surprise that there are unknown species of saki monkeys.

Source | http://www.natureworldnews.com

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