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  • Who: A yet unnamed new species of fork-marked lemur (genus Phaner)

  • What: Newest lemur

  • Where: Madagascar

So new that it doesn´t even have a formal zoological name yet, the world´s most recently discovered lemur is a species of fork-marked lemur (genus Phaner). The size of a squirrel, with a distinctive fork-shaped black marking on its head, and a very long tongue, this new Phaner lemur is distinguished behaviourally from all others by its unique head-bobbing behaviour. Following a brief sighting in 1995 by primate expert Dr Russell Mittermeier, this north-eastern Madagascan species was not spotted again until October 2010, when it was filmed by Mittermeier´s scientific team and a BBC television crew.


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