New species of cute, but venomous, primate discovered in Borneo
by Monga Bay staff
Researchers have described a new species of slow loris, a type of primate that is imperiled by the pet trade.
The Kayan loris (Nycticebus kayan) is described in the December issue of the American Journal of Primatology. It is named after the Kayan, a river that flows through its habitat in Indonesian Borneo.
The study — authored by Anna Nekaris of Oxford Brookes University in the UK, Susan Ford of Southern Illinois University, and Rachel Munds from the University of Missouri — also elevated two subspecies to the species level, meaning that the loris formerly known as Nycticebus menagensis now consists of four species, three of which live in the forests of Borneo: Nycticebus bancanus, Nycticebus borneanus, and Nycticebus kayan. Nycticebus menagensis is limited to the Philippines…