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Lesula: A New Species of Cercopithecus Monkey Endemic to the Democratic Republic of Congo and Implications for Conservation of Congo’s Central Basin

  • John A. Hart,

    Affiliations: Lukuru Wildlife Research Foundation, Kinshasa, Gombe, Democratic Republic of Congo, Division of Vertebrate Zoology, Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America

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  • Kate M. Detwiler mail,

    kdetwile@fau.edu

    Affiliation: Department of Anthropology, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida, United States of America

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  • Christopher C. Gilbert,

    Affiliations: Department of Anthropology, Hunter College of the City University of New York, New York, New York, United States of America, New York Consortium in Evolutionary Primatology, New York, New York, United States of America

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  • Andrew S. Burrell,

    Affiliation: Center for the Study of Human Origins, Department of Anthropology, New York University, New York, New York, United States of America

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  • James L. Fuller,

    Affiliations: New York Consortium in Evolutionary Primatology, New York, New York, United States of America, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology, Columbia University, New York, New York, United States of America

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  • Maurice Emetshu,

    Affiliation: Lukuru Wildlife Research Foundation, Kinshasa, Gombe, Democratic Republic of Congo

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  • Terese B. Hart,

    Affiliations: Lukuru Wildlife Research Foundation, Kinshasa, Gombe, Democratic Republic of Congo, Division of Vertebrate Zoology, Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America

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  • Ashley Vosper,

    Affiliation: Wildlife Conservation Society Zanaga Project, Wildlife Conservation Society Congo, Brazzaville, Republic of Congo

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  • Eric J. Sargis,

    Affiliations: Division of Vertebrate Zoology, Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America, Department of Anthropology, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America

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  • Anthony J. Tosi

    Affiliation: Center for the Study of Human Origins, Department of Anthropology, New York University, New York, New York, United States of America

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  • Published: September 12, 2012
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0044271

About the Authors

John A. Hart, Maurice Emetshu, Terese B. Hart
Lukuru Wildlife Research Foundation, Kinshasa, Gombe, Democratic Republic of Congo
John A. Hart, Terese B. Hart, Eric J. Sargis
Division of Vertebrate Zoology, Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America
Kate M. Detwiler
Department of Anthropology, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida, United States of America
Christopher C. Gilbert
Department of Anthropology, Hunter College of the City University of New York, New York, New York, United States of America
Christopher C. Gilbert, James L. Fuller
New York Consortium in Evolutionary Primatology, New York, New York, United States of America
Andrew S. Burrell, Anthony J. Tosi
Center for the Study of Human Origins, Department of Anthropology, New York University, New York, New York, United States of America
James L. Fuller
Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology, Columbia University, New York, New York, United States of America
Ashley Vosper
Wildlife Conservation Society Zanaga Project, Wildlife Conservation Society Congo, Brazzaville, Republic of Congo
Eric J. Sargis
Department of Anthropology, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America

Corresponding Author

Email: kdetwile@fau.edu

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: JAH TBH KMD CCG ASB JLF AV EJS AJT. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: JAH TBH KMD CCG ASB JLF ME AV EJS AJT. Wrote the paper: JAH KMD CCG ASB JLF TBH EJS AJT. Initial discovery and data collection: JAH TBH ME AV. Collected and analyzed the molecular data: JAH ME AV KMD ASB AJT. Collected and analyzed the morphological data: JAH ME AV CCG EJS. Collected and analyzed the behavioral and ecological data: JAH TBH AV JLF. Establishment of field site and proposed national park: JAH TBH ME.