In Northern Myanmar, Rhinopithecus strykeri is the scientific name for this new snub-nosed monkey. Sightings of this monkeys have been reported for a long time, and a search began early this year when hunters told of monkeys with prominent lips and noses that pointed upwards. Locals have observed these monkeys sneezing when it rains to keep the water from draining into their sinuses. It appears that this species is hunted by local inhabitance there as a food source, which is stressing its population to the breaking point. Scientist have estimated given the small range that this newly discover species has that its population possibly ranges between 260-330 in size, which means it is straight to the endanger species list. The discovery of this species was earlier this year during a gibbon survey in Myanmar, which has caused the name Myanmar Pug Nose to be given to this creature. Ironically, the discovery of this species came when a Primatologist was presented with one that was destined for the stew pot, which he photographed before they carried it away.
Archive for the ‘New Discoveries’ Category
Five new species were found in the Foja Mountains during an expedition in 2008, these new species were announced back in May.
The first one is a new species of nosed frog, the nose of the male frog points upward when it makes a call. The frog was found in a sack of rice by the scientist as they were eating lunch.
The second species found is the worlds smallest wallaby, this pint sized kangaroo is the size of a rabbit.
The third species found was a species of tree mouse that hangs out in the canopy of the mountain forest.
The fourth is a yellow eyed gecko, not much is know about it at this time.
The fifth is a new blossom bat, this bat is about the size of an average American bat. This bats main diet is on the nectar and pollen. So this bat plays an important roll in pollinating the forest vegetation.
I am sure in future expeditions to the Foja Mountains, more cryptid species will turn up.
A new species of monkey was announced back in August. During an expedition to the Columbian Amazon, scientist discovered a new species of titi monkey (callicebus caquetensis). This cat-sized monkey, has been put on the endangered species list due to rapid habitation loss and a very small population.
The expedition that happened in 2008 proved that the 30 year rumors of such a primate, were true. The investigation into these claims had been postponed, by insurgent fighting and violence. The excitement into this new find is overshadowed by the dwindling population that numbers only 250 individuals. This new species my bring about more protected areas in the Amazon, in an effort to slow the destruction on this unique habitat and its inhabitance.
There was a new species of mongoose-like creature, part of the Eupleridae family. That was discovered in 2004 and was recently determined to be a new species. The new species is called Durrell’s Vontsira. The creature is the size of a house cat and scientist are already talking about putting them on the endangered species list. They are calling it, “The most threatened carnivore in the world.” These creatures occupies a very small area in the Lac Alaotra wetlands, this area is being effected by chemical fertilizers & pesticides, silting, and alien species like the snakehead fish. So the future of these creatures isn’t certain at this time, they maybe on their last leg of existence.