Scientists never fail to flabbergast us with their unique discoveries. From the largest creature deep in the depths of oceans such as the blue whale to the most minute 1.1 inch Kitti’s hog-nosed bat, we have seen it all.
One such amazing discovery is of the new species of monkeys called Rhinopithecus Strykeri Fotos. It is also known as Myanmar or Burmese Snub-Nosed Monkey.
The scientific origin name of the species was chosen with the honor of Jon Stryker, founder & president of The Arcus Foundation. The new species was named after him as it was his financial contribution & support which led to this mesmerizing discovery.
More about Rhinopithecus Strykeri Fotos
The species was found in 2010, primarily in Maw River which is situated in the northeastern part of Burma. It was found at a height of 1720 meters in Kachin state. Species of Rhinopithecus Strykeri Fotos were also subsequently found in Salween River Basin, China in 2011.
The identification of the species was done by scientists who were primarily conducting their research on gibbon. Rhinopithecus Strykeri Fotos is at a high risk of extinction, thus efforts are made to save the endangered species. Authorities are relentlessly working to save it from harm despite the potential harm from the species itself.
Rhinopithecus Strykeri has been honored as the top new species of the year 2012 found.
The Appearance of Rhinopithecus Strykeri Fotos
This species stands apart from all the monkeys out there when we talk about its physical appearance. The monkey has pitch black-colored fur on his entire body including a crown. In contrast, it has a lightish pink face with a thin line of mustache above the upper lips & a very unusual beard.
Pictures from the diaries of professional photographers of this species are stunning & make us praise the creations of God.
Size, Weight, & Lifespan
Rhinopithecus Strykeri belongs to the Colobine family and is rather large in size. The male species are twice as large as the female ones. On average, males weigh 37 pounds (17 kg) in contrast to females which weigh 19 pounds (9 kg). They can be about 21 inches in height & have tails up to 30 inches.
Despite the unknown exact lifespan of Rhinopithecus Strykeri Fotos, it is said to live about 20 to 25 years of age. This assumption is made based on the lifespan of other snub-nosed monkeys.
Habitat of Rhinopithecus Strykeri Fotos
These monkeys live in the upper regions at high altitudes especially in pine trees & coniferous trees. They live in the high altitude especially in summers & gradually settle at lower levels with the decrease in temperature to remain safe from the chilly weather.
They are at constant threat of getting hunted by wild animals & human beings. Their body parts have been found to be used for different commercial purposes.
Diet of Rhinopithecus Strykeri
Like all other Colobine monkeys, they are also predominantly folivorous i.e. feeding especially on leaves. They also eat fruits, barks, seeds, buds, stems, & lichens. These food sources are found mostly in coniferous trees along with pine & birch.
On higher altitudes where not much vegetation is found, they feed themselves on the bamboo wood, & bamboo shoots. Their amazing digestive systems are designed in such a way that they extract nutrients from even those leaves which are least in nutrients.
Reproduction & Family of Rhinopithecus Strykeri Fotos
Males of the species reach sexual maturity at the age of 6 to 7 years, while females reach it between 5 to 6 years. However, these monkeys reproduce on a very low scale which is a reason for their population decrease.
On the second discovery, a breeding group of around 70 plus monkeys was found on the eastern slopes of the Gaoligong Mountains in the Salween River Basin. A total of 950 plus individuals of the species were estimated worldwide upon the first discovery.
Due to the low birth rates & hunting, this number is steadily decreasing & estimated to reach less than a quarter in the near future. This is not a good sign for their survival.
Last Words & Recommendations
The extinction of great species such as the sea turtles, tigers, & pandas is on the verge of great increase. We have failed to save numerous types of such species from the traditional hunters & commercial usage.
Rhinopithecus Strykeri Fotos is amongst those species as recent reports tell us that only a few hundreds of these remain on the face of the earth today. The number of individuals is decreasing due to hunting.
The World Wildlife Federation must ensure the safety of these species in our world. Strict regulations & punishments should be set for those who violate the standards of hunting animals.
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