List of primates described in the 2000s

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This page is a list of species of the order Primates described in the 2000s.






  • Kipunji, or highland mangabey, (Rungwecebus kipunji), discovered in Tanzania in 2005. Originally grouped within the genus Lophocebus, the distinctive monkey with mohawk-style hair was declared as a member of a new genus in 2006.[7]
  • The monkey (Callicebus aureipalatii), a type of titi from Bolivia, was so named following a charity auction held in 2005 to name the species. The auction was won by online casino, which bid $650,000 to name the monkey (aureipalatii is Latin for 'of the Golden Palace'). The money went towards maintaining the monkeys' home, the Madidi National Park.[9]


  • In 2006, researchers announced three new species of sportive lemur have been identified. Genetic tests revealed the red-tailed sportive lemur (Lepilemur ruficaudatus) is in fact three separate species, and the gray-backed sportive lemur (Lepilemur dorsalis) was split into two. The lemurs show no obvious morphological differences, but are in communities separated geographically by rivers.[11]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "New monkey species discovered". BBC News. 2000-04-23. Retrieved 2006-05-13. 
  2. ^ a b "New lemurs found in Madagascar". BBC News. 2005-08-09. Retrieved 2006-05-13. 
  3. ^ a b Shuker, K. "More lemurs". Fortean Times (146): 20. 
  4. ^ Groeneveld, L.F.; Weisrock, D.W.; Rasoloarison, R.M.; Yoder, A.D.; Kappeler, P.M. (2009). "Species delimitation in lemurs: multiple genetic loci reveal low levels of species diversity in the genus Cheirogaleus" (PDF). BMC Evolutionary Biology. 9 (30). doi:10.1186/1471-2148-9-30. PMC 2652444Freely accessible. PMID 19193227. 
  5. ^ "Two new monkey species found in Brazil". BBC News. 2002-06-25. Retrieved 2006-05-13. 
  6. ^ "Scientists find new Indian monkey". BBC News. 2004-12-16. Retrieved 2006-05-13. 
  7. ^ "Tanzanian monkey goes up a notch". BBC News. 2006-05-11. Retrieved 2006-05-12. 
  8. ^ "Endangered lemurs get Fawlty name". BBC News. 2005-11-11. Retrieved 2006-05-16. 
  9. ^ "Internet casino buys monkey naming rights". MSNBC. Retrieved 2006-05-13. 
  10. ^ "Scientists Claim New Monkey Species Found". ABC. Archived from the original on 2011-06-29. Retrieved 2006-05-26. 
  11. ^ "Three new species of lemurs identified". EurekAlert. Retrieved 2006-05-13. 
  12. ^ a b "New monkey species is already endangered". New Scientist. 2008-01-19. Retrieved 2008-01-19.