In southeastern Tibet a new macaque has been found, well-known by a little unlike characteristics from the other four species previously known in the area. It was publicized in detail in the American Journal of Primatology.
While the recently recognized monkey is known as the white-cheeked macaque (Macacaleucogenys), it’s not really the cheeks that set it distant from the other macaques in the Tibetan state of Modog. Preferably, it’s the monkey’s dark and hairy scrotum and curved glands penis, and the bulky and lengthy hair surrounding its neck, that led scientists to think about it as a species completely its own.
Composed of low-lying grasslands, alpine fields and evergreen and tropical jungles, Modog’s terrain is highly diverse that provide homes for a wide variety of species. The white-cheeked macaque forages throughout a figure of these homes, flourishing in tropical jungles at altitudes more than 4,500 feet and varied jungles full of conifers and wide-leaves.
The state of Tibet has not been completely discovered, consequently, scientists are sure that there are more species yet to be found.
A pollster from the Institute of Himalaya Biodiversity Research at the Dali University in China, Chao Zhao and contemporaries set up cameras crossways four ravines in the area to catch more than 700 pictures of macaques. The pictures were then examined and evaluated with pictures of macaque species that have previously been known.
Peng-Fei Fan also from Dali University and co-author of the research stated, “Our photos clearly showed some morphological differences between the new species and other known species.”
Although the white-cheeked macaque is obviously unusual, University of Toronto, Scarborough anthropologist Michael Schillaci said that pictures are not sufficient to recognize the monkey as a totally new species. A DNA examination only will verify that the white-cheeked macaque is really different from other macaques.
Although the sighting of a new macaque species is excellent news, it doesn’t alter the truth that the monkeys are endangered by local hunters and intended improvement in the region. For example, the hydropower locations will end up in the demolition of forests and deluging down the rivers. These are possible homes for white-cheeked macaques, thus disturbance in the area will absolutely influence the well-being of the monkey.
The pollsters wrote, “Discovery of this new primate species further highlights the high value for biodiversity conservation of southeastern Tibet and calls for more intensive surveys, studies, and environmental protection in this area.”