After years of extensive research in Myanmar, a species of new primate named Popa langur has been discovered, including an analysis of a 100-year-old specimen kept at the Natural History Museum in London. Popa langur (Trachypithecus popa) is described in a new scientific paper published today by the Gյttingen Leibniz Institute for the Study of Primates. : International
Popa Langur is found only in the center of Myanmar և is named after the holy mountain Popa, which holds the largest population of the species with about 100 animals. Mount Popa is an extinct volcano with a remarkable wildlife sanctuary, as well as a sacred shrine inhabited by Myanmar’s most revered spirits, known as the Natz. In total, there are only 200 to 250 animals of the new species living in four isolated populations. Throughout its range, the lagoon is threatened with habitat loss, and new species can be considered extremely endangered. “It’s just described that the pop language is already on the verge of extinction,” Frank Momberg told FFI.
Researchers at DPZ և FFI, in collaboration with partners from other NGOs, universities և Natural History Museums, studied the evolutionary history of Myanmar և the diversity of language types. Their study provided a description of a new language, Popa langur.
Popa langur differs from the well-known species in the color of its fur, tail length and skull measurements. Genetic studies have revealed that new species of langur were separated from known species about a million years ago. In: DNA: For genetic analysis, samples were taken from forest stool samples collected by FFI staff, as well as from tissue samples from historical sites in London, Leiden, New York, and Singapore Natural History Museums.
Christian Ross, a scientist at DPZ Primate Genetics Laboratory, says: “DNA analysis of a museum specimen collected for the Natural History Museum in London more than 100 years ago finally led to the description of this new species in the field by the FFI research team.” “Further research և protection measures are urgently needed, և they will be carried out by FFI և other individuals to save languages from extinction,” said Nguyen Lvin, FFI’s Myanmar Preliminary Program Specialist.
Reference. “Mythogenomic botany of Asian genus Colobins Trachypithecus: in the spotlight Trachypithecus phayrei: (Blyth, 1847) և Description of a New Species »by Christian Roos, Kristofer M. Helgen, Roberto Portela Miguez, Naw May Lay Thant, Ngwe Lwin, Aung Ko Lin, Aung Lin, Khin Mar Yi, Paing Soe, Zin Mar Hein, Margaret Nyein Nyein Myint, Tanvir Ahmed, Dilip Chetry, Melina Urh, E. Grace Veatch, Neil Duncan, Pepijn Kamminga, Marcus AH Chua, Lu Yao, Christian Matauschek, Dirk Meyer, Zhi-Jin Liu, Ming Li, Tilo Nadler, Peng -Fei Fan, Le Khac Quyet, Michael Hofreiter, Dietmar Zinner և Frank Momberg, 2020 November, Zoological research,
DOI: 10.24272 / j.issn.2095-8137.2020.254: