Miller's grizzled langur believed to be extinct was found in an area far from its previously recorded home range.
The monkey has distinctive markings with its black face framed by a fluffy, "Dracula-esque" white collar.
Researchers found the animal by setting up camera traps in the Wehea Forest on the eastern tip of Borneo in June.
They were hoping to capture clouded leopards, orangutans and other wildlife known to congregate at mineral salt licks.
But the footage that came back took them all by surprise when it showed monkeys they had never seen before.
With virtually no photographs of the grizzled langurs in existence, it was a challenge to confirm their suspicions at first, said Brent Loken, a PhD student at Simon Fraser University in Canada, and one of the lead researchers.
The only images they had access to were museum sketches.
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