A new species of monkey named popa langur has been found in a forest in a remote part of Myanmar.
Named the Popa Langur, it is found in the Popa Mountains in Myanmar.
Langur is a leaf-eating monkey found in Southeast Asia.
This newly discovered animal has its own characteristics. The eyes and the outer part of the eye are round in shape like spectacles and the hair is gray.
This animal is at risk of losing its habitat and prey.
Scientists have long speculated that new species could be found in Myanmar based on DNA tests extracted from the feces of wild monkeys.
Scientists, with very little information about the monkey, conducted sample studies at natural history museums in London, New York and Singapore.
Earlier, a sample of monkeys was collected in Myanmar, which was not tested in detail.
The researchers extracted DNA and measured the length of body parts, such as tails and ears, and compared them to wild monkeys.
From which a new species of popa langur was found, which can be found only in a certain part of the forest in the central part of Myanmar.
Frank Momberg of Fauna & Flora International, a conservation group that helps preserve the species scientifically, says.
He told the BBC: “The newly identified popa langur is now endangered.”
“Therefore, it is necessary to conserve the remaining animals and to connect with the local community and private sector stakeholders to protect its future.”
The new species has only 200 to 250 animals and is said to live in four separate herds.
Over the past decade, Myanmar has been open to international cooperation with scientists. It has also discovered new species for science, including reptiles and amphibians.
But the discovery of this male-ape is considered very rare.
Christian Russ, of the Primate Genetics Laboratory in Germany, said the animals could lose their habitat and pose a threat to prey.
“Hunting is a big problem but the biggest threat is that their habitat has almost disappeared and their habitat has been reduced, fragmented and isolated due to human encroachment,” he said.
Scientific studies of genetics have found that popa langur differed from other known species about 1 million years ago.