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New gib­bon species dis­cov­ered in South­east Asia

pub­lished 24 Decem­ber 2010 | mod­i­fied 23 Sep­tem­ber 2010

Sci­ence did it again. Once thought to be the yellow-​cheeked gib­bon (Nomas­cus gabriel­lae), now appears to be a dif­fer­ent species, the north­ern buffed-​cheeked gib­bon (Nomas­cus anna­men­sis).

Sci­en­tists, led by Ger­man researcher Chris­t­ian Roos, used vocal­i­sa­tion pat­terns and genetic tech­niques to prove the species are dif­fer­ent. Apart from being a new mile­stone in the track record of Dr. Roos, it also adds yet another spec­i­men from the genus Nomas­cus to the list of (crit­i­cally) endan­gered gib­bon species. The num­ber of ani­mal of new species decreases the num­ber of yellow-​cheeked gib­bons accord­ingly. That is too bad, but on the other hand it does sup­port ded­i­cated con­ser­va­tion actions, which relies on detailed knowl­edge on where which species can be found and how many spec­i­mens there are. (Source: Pri​ma​tol​ogy​.net, 22.09.2010)

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