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Researchers discover new species of slow loris with toxic bite

December 14, 2012

Researchers discover new species of slow loris with toxic bite

University of Missouri researchers find new species of slow loris.

Researchers at the University of Missouri have discovered a new species of slow loris with a toxic bite. These big-eyed, teddy-bear faced primates are a target for illegal pet poachers throughout the animal’s habitat in southeastern Asia and nearby islands because of their appearance and their use in traditional Asian medicine.

According to a University of Missouri release, a doctoral student and her colleagues recently found three new species of slow loris. Prior to this discovery, the primates had been grouped with another species. While separating the species into four distinct classes means the risk of extinction is higher than previously thought for the animals, the separation could assist efforts to protect the venomous primate.

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