Published on September 14th, 20120
A New Kind of Monkey, With Colors That Set It Apart -New York Times
The monkey, known by people in the Democratic Republic of Congo as the lesula, has a blond chin and upper chest, in contrast to its dark limbs. It has a reddish-colored lower back and tail.
“And adult males have a huge bare patch of skin in the buttocks, testicles and perianal area,” said John A. Hart, the researcher who described the coloring. “It’s a brilliant blue, really pretty spectacular.”
Dr. Hart is a field scientist with the Lukuru Foundation, a wildlife research group; his colleagues include his wife, Terese Hart. They report their findings in the journal PLoS One.
The researchers found that the monkeys live in the central part of the Democratic Republic of Congo and have a range of about 6,500 square miles.