The Straits Times
Published on Dec 15, 2012

New slow loris species discovered in Borneo


WASHINGTON (AFP) - Researchers have discovered a new slow loris species in the jungles of Borneo, according to findings published this week in the American Journal of Primatology.

Known for its toxic bite, the slow loris - a nocturnal primate found across South-east Asia - is closely related to a lemur and is characterised by unique fur coloration on its face and body.

An international team of scientists pinpointed the new species, found in Borneo's central-east highland area, by studying the distinctive colourings of the faces of the animals.

"Differences among these facemasks resulted in recognition of four species of Borneaon and Philippine lorises," the statement said. "Of these, Nycticebus kayan is a new group unrecognised before as distinct." The team's analysis also recognised two other species, previously considered as possible sub-species, as unique.