The divided habitats of the chameleon and several other animals, including the kipunji
monkey (SN: 5/21/05, p.
When researchers spotted a 0.9 m (3 ft)-tall whiskered monkey, called a kipunji
, in East Africa, they were shocked it hadn't been found sooner.
Of the last two remaining populations of the recently discovered kipunji, one population shows evidence of past mating with baboons while the other does not.
A shy tree-dwelling monkey with a black face and long brown fur, the kipunji was unknown to science until 2003, when it was discovered in a remote region of southern Tanzania.
The first analyses of the animal revealed that kipunji represented an entirely new genus of primate, Rungwecebus.
They classified the shy animal as a mangabey, a type of primate, and gave it the species name Lophocebus kipunji.
kipunji, they had seen it in the wild and taken pictures of it.
Originally the creature, named Rungwecebus kipunji
, was thought to be a type of mangabey from the genus Lophocebus.
Last year, the rare, reclusive monkey was classified as a mangabey and named Lophocebus kipunji (SN: 5/21/05, p.
Davenport of the Wildlife Conservation Society's branch in Tanzania, one of the original namers, received a kipunji cadaver from a farmer's trap.
Last August, a farmer near Mount Rungwe found a dead kipunji in a trap he set for animals raiding his maize field.
The monkey species, now called the highland mangabey or Lophocebus kipunji
, has turned up at locations in southern Tanzania 370 kilometers apart.