New Primate Species is New Genus

Posted by: Loren Coleman on May 11th, 2006

Reuters is reporting today that a newly discovered primate is actually a new genus, not a new species, in dispatches such as this one: "New monkey species is more unique than thought".


The report says, in part:

The new monkey, at first called the highland mangabey but now known as kipunji, is more closely related to baboons than to mangabey monkeys, but in fact deserves its own genus and species classification, the researchers reported in the journal Science. So they have re-named it Rungwecebus kipunji, and it is the first new genus of a living primate from Africa to be identified in 83 years.

In May 2005, this then-reported new species of monkey was found in Tanzania by two separate teams of researchers working hundreds of miles apart. At the time, it was being called the highland mangabey, and given the scientific name Lophocebus kipunji. It was allegedly the first "new species" of monkey identified in the African rainforests in 20 years.


This new primate is a medium-sized monkey, about 3 feet tall with a long tail, long brown fur, a black face, hands and feet. Adults make a distinctive, loud, low-pitched "honk-bark" call. Fewer than a thousand of the animals in existence live in mountainside trees at elevations of up to 8,000 feet, reported the journal Science last year.

Loren Coleman About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.

6 Responses to “New Primate Species is New Genus”

  1. jjames2 responds:

    More information here.

  2. fuzzy responds:

    An entire new GENUS, in 16 (or more) groups of up to 36 (or more) animals, right under our noses!

    See, there IS hope!

  3. timi_hendrix responds:

    In your face Penn and Teller. lol

  4. feldspar helmet responds:

    Well, that’s one less for the cryptos and one more for the mainstream biology folks. Good stuff. Every one like this makes it more likely that the biologists are more likely to listen next time and not dismiss cases immediately.

  5. twblack responds:

    I hope with only a 1,000 or less they are protected from poachers and people looking to catch and sell in the exotic animal trades. And I agree every new one discovered helps our cause that unknowns do exist and are out their.

  6. Ranatemporaria responds:

    Here is an interesting paper on “Taxonomic Inflation” In it; it deals with increase in primate species number, not through discovery but via problems of taxonomic description and defining exactly what is a species!?. It also mentions the fact that “most species” are un-described by science. A conundrum for biology, and i’m sure cryptozoology.

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