Newly discovered primate in Myanmar ‘already facing extinction’
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12th Nov, 2020
- In a rare find, scientists have identified a new species of primate, a lithe tree-dweller living in the forests of central Myanmar with a mask-like face framed by a shock of unruly grey hair.
Key-highlights of the finings
- The primate is named as
- It is leaf-eating species of primate.
- It is the lithe monkey with chalk-white rings around its eyes.
- As only 200 to 250 left in the wild, it is said to be classified as “critically endangered”.
What are the threats?
- It is threatened by hunting and habitat loss.
What is a primate?
- A primate is a eutherian mammal constituting the taxonomic order Primates.
- Primate is a group of mammals that includes the lemurs, lorises, tarsiers, monkeys, apes, and humans.
- Primates are divided into two suborders.
- Strepsirrhines which includes lemurs and lorisids.
- The haplorhines, or "dry-nosed" primates, includes the tarsier, apes and langurs.
When an animal is said to be Critically Endangered?
- A species facing an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild.
- Critically Endangered species is believed to have undergone a decline well exceeding 80% over the past three generation.
- The total population is estimated at less than 300 individuals across the range