Gene Analyses Identify New Monkey Species In Viet Nam

Using sophisticated genetic analysis of Grauschenklige dress monkey as a distinct primate species could be unmasked. For biologists, Viet Nam must be a dreamland: still-undiscovered species of mammals live in once inaccessible jungle regions. So researchers in addition to various deer species could include for example the Vu Quang – wild cattle for the world as newcomers in the Zoological inventories. And even without a foot in that the South China this Socialist Republic to put sea, can track new mammal species. The biologist of Christian Roos from the Department of medical genetics of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich debunked a zoological sensation using complex gene analysis the grey Schenk leagues of dress monkey as a distinct primate species. So were the two species known until then, the Rotschenklige and the Schwarzschenklige dress monkey, a close relative dressed almost entirely in grey. Dress monkeys belong to the most colourful primates. Their silky shiny fur and their are exceptional Face color that can vary from orange to reddish-brown in the bluish.

In the red list of the World Conservation Organization (IUCN), the shy, up to 60 cm large climbing artists as stark are classified endangered. They are the forests of Vietnam. They eat mainly leaves, but also fruits and seeds will appreciate. It is unknown how many of them still exist. Become noticeable were horrors only by some specimens confiscated on local markets and were classified initially as a crossing of two different species, what already unusually would have been enough for themselves. “To clarify the matter, isolated from blood and hair samples of dress monkeys each a specific section of the gene Roos, and examined the similarities and differences: in addition, we analyzed to better evaluate the previously unknown gene structure of dress Monkey still the same gene sequence of four macaques and several Langurenarten”. The result was amazing.

Have dress monkey with each other relatively large genetic differences, langurs and macaques -. There are therefore three types in the dress monkeys”, the Munich-based biologist says. The new way of Grauschenklige dress monkey, should also be the most, because she shows strong genetic similarities with macaques, which, it is believed that they are the ancestors of all Asian monkeys. This assumption is supported by the fact that the grey only in the Central Highlands of Viet Nam occur, local area researchers have long suspect that there once the two other kinds developed. Apart from the major scientific significance, the classification as distinct species also is crucial for their survival. The Vietnamese Government, which under protection provides areas especially due to the living primates, or has already, would meet arguably similar measures for the grey Schenk leagues of dress monkey. It would be urgently needed, because although the hunting of monkeys is officially banned, the poachers pressure in which is poverty-stricken country enormously – land most of the captured animals in the saucepan.

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