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Sela Macaque, the new species of primate discovered in Arunachal Pradesh


  • Discovered by the Zoological Survey of India scientists, the species is called Sela Macaque, named after the Sela pass.
  • Earlier researchers and scientists discovered the existence of the White-Cheeked Macaque (Macaca leucogenys) in Arunachal Pradesh’s West Siang district. 
  • Arunachal macaque (M. munzala) is an endangered & recently discovered cercopithecine primate from Western Arunachal Pradesh. 
  • The researchers observed ‘spatially distributed substantial inter-species genetic divergence’.