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Lion tailed Macaque

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Lion tailed macaque with the scientific name Macaca silenus, is said to be the ancestor of all Asian monkeys.

These species are native to Western Ghats in South India and is the most endangered primates among the macaque species in the world. The classification of the Lion tailed macaque is specified as below,

Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Mammalia
Order Primates
Family Cercopithecidae
Genus Macaca
Species Macaca silenus

Physical Structure

The lion tailed macaque is a medium-sized monkey with dark brown or black colored coat. The fur is covered with smooth, long and shiny hair. It has a silver white colored mane which is seen framing the face like lion and face is colored black. They have a lion-like thin tail with a bunch of black hair at the end.

Both male and female look almost similar in appearance except for males having larger size canines. These macaques possess a simple stomach close to humans which helps them to digest sugars and carbohydrates. The body length ranges from 45 to 60 centimeters.

They weigh around 6 to 7 kg with a tail of 25 cm long. The height of Lion tailed macaque is 1.5 to 2 feet.

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