Tailed Slow Loris

Unknown Primate of the Indian subcontinent.

Scientific name: Nycticebus caudatus sp. nov., given by Karl Shuker in 1993.

Physical description: Similar to the slow loris. White coat. Woolly fur. Large, rounded head. Flat face. Large eyes, encircled by a dark, triangular patch. Short, roundish ears. Small muzzle. Short, stout limbs. Narrow black stripe running from the head down the back. Distinctively long, bushy tail.

Distribution: Mizoram Union Territory, eastern india.

Significant sighting: Specimens were captured alive near Lunglei, Mizoram, in December 1889, photographed, and exhibited.

Present status: May be extinct. Possible explanations:

(1) A teratological aberration of the Slow loris (Nycticebus coucang).

(2) An unknown species or subspecies of loris.

Sources: Nelson Annandale, "An Unknown Lemur from the Lushai Hills, Assam," Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London, November 17, 1908, pp. 888-889; Karl Shuker, The Lost Ark (London: HarperCollins, 1993), p. 28.

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