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Rare primate species of white cheeked Macaque monkey found in Arunachal Pradesh

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Rare primate species of white cheeked Macaque monkey found in Arunachal Pradesh

A group of researchers has claimed the discovery of a new species of primate in India, white cheeked Macaque, in Arunachal Pradesh.

As per reports, the first-time discovery of primates was seen in the Anjaw district, lying in the Eastern corner Arunachal Pradesh. This sighting by biologists and wildlife photographers exhibits India's rich biodiversity.

The discovery of the primate arrived after a year, the photos of the white-cheeked macaque (Macaca leucogenys) were clicked in March 2015, it took a year to establish if it matches the current species or not.

Dr Dilip Chetry, primatologist and the head of Primatology Division at wildlife NGO Aaranyak said, "On the basis of our observations, the photographs and experts' comments, we have come to the conclusion that the macaques we observed and photographed in Anjaw district of Arunachal Pradesh are white-cheeked macaque."

This Macaque species is fresh in India itself and what is different about the species is its fur covered body. Experts believe that this species is endangered at present due to illegal hunting by humans.


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