A group of scientists discovered a new species of monkeys in Brazil – they were named after Professor Horacio Schneider.
The discovery was made by a team of researchers led by Rodrigo Costa Araujo, a junior researcher at the Paraense Museum, Emilio Goeldi.
Amazonian monkeys of the genus Mico are among the most diverse groups of monkeys and their region has accounted for half of global land-use changes over the past 30 years.
Currently, no measures have been developed to preserve the habitats of these monkeys, because, first of all, they are poorly studied.
The total number of species of Amazonian monkeys remains unknown.
The newly discovered M. schneideri was named after Professor Horacio Schneider. Earlier in 2019, it was mistakenly attributed to another species of this genus – M. emiliae. However, the new study has fixed the error.
The authors continue to study the new M. schneideri in order to clarify its halo and abundance. This will help to understand how much this species is threatened with extinction and what measures are needed in order to prevent this.