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Moustached monkey is separate species

Moustached monkey is separate species

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A monkey from Ethiopia and Sudan with a "handlebar moustache" has been identified as a distinct species.Scientists took a fresh look at the distribution and physical appearance of patas monkeys in Ethiopia, confirming there were two species rather than one.It was originally described as a separate species in 1862, but was later folded in - incorrectly - with other patas monkeys to form a single species.Details have been published in the journal Primate Conservation.Patas monkeys are found from west to east across sub-Saharan Africa; they are among the fastest-moving of ground-dwelling monkeys - able to reach speeds of about 55 km/h (34 mph).Spartaco Gippoliti, from the IUCN SSC Primate Specialist Group, reassessed the species status of patas monkeys in the Blue Nile region of Ethiopia and ...