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Introduction

Indian Rhesus Macaque is one among the wide spread species in the Indian Subcontinent, which is also scientifically called as Macaca Mulatta. It belongs to the family Cercopithecidae and genus is called as Macaca. The species is also called as Rhesus Monkeys. The quick classification of this species is as below,

Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Mammalia
Order Carnivora
Family Canidae
Genus Canis
Species M. Mulatta

Physical Structure

Indian Rhesus Macaques have reddish pink face and their back, body and hands are covered with brownish grey hairs called as fur and that extends a little around its face and not found in the middle of its face. The average grown length of male Rhesus Macaque is 50 to 55 cm, while that of a female is little shorter as compared in the range 40 to 50 cm.



The male Rhesus macaques weigh higher than that of female Rhesus macaques, male species weighing 7 to 8 kgs and female species 5 to 6 kgs, respectively. They do have a medium length tail from 8 to 9 inches at an average. Temporarily they store food in their cheeks at times. Like that of human beings, monkeys also have 32 teeth.

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