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Thu Dec 13, 2012, 07:16 PM

Primate species: new slow loris found in Borneo

Source: BBC

13 December 2012 Last updated at 17:49

Primate species: new slow loris found in Borneo

By Matt Walker
Editor, BBC Nature

A new species of small nocturnal primate has been discovered by scientists in Borneo.

The primate is a type of slow loris, a small cute-looking animal that is more closely related to bushbabies and lemurs than to monkeys or apes.

Uniquely among primates, they have a toxic bite, belying their appearance.

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The new species of slow loris, named Nycticebus kayan, has gone unrecognised until now, in part due to its nocturnal lifestyle.

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Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/20704172


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