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Three New Slow Loris Species Discovered in Borneo; Rare Venomous Primates Threatened by Illegal Pet Trade

Protecting the adorable but endangered slow loris—the world's only venomous primate—from the illegal pet trade suddenly got a little harder. According to a paper pending publication in the American Journal of Primatology , what was once recognized as one slow loris species and two subspecies is actually four different species.Lead author Rachel Munds, an anthropology doctoral student at the University of Missouri, Columbia, (MU), says the loris's nocturnal nature and relatively similar appearance hid these species from science until the animals were examined more closely...

December 15, 2012 — John R. Platt

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