Arunachal Macaque

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Animalia Primates Cercopithecidae Macaca Macaca munzala
Arunachal Macaque
IUCN Status: Endangered
  • Common Name: Arunachal Macaque
  • Taxonomy Classification Year: 2005
  • Monkey Size: 82 to 82 cm (32 to 32 inches)
  • Skin Color(s): Yellowish-brown
  • Habitat: Forest, mountains
  • Diet: Herbivorous
  • Native Countries: India

Arunachal Macaque Distribution

Arunachal Macaque Characteristics

Arunachal Macaque

The Arunachal macaque[1] is a comparatively sizeable brown primate with a relatively short tail. Arunachal Pradesh is one of the states in India.

  • Arunachal macaques are large, stocky monkeys with long legs, arms, and a comparatively short tail.
  • Their fur is yellowish-brown, fading on the limbs and torso, and their faces are pinkish-brown.
  • Like most primates, they have large, forward-facing eyes that allow them to perceive depth.
  • Arunachal Macaques are sexually dimorphic, with males being more prominent and having longer skulls and larger canines than females.
  • Juveniles resemble adults, although their tail is whip-like and relatively hairless. There may be minimal seasonal variation in coat color.

Arunachal Macaque Facts

Macaca Munzala

  • Arunachal macaques were first classified into Cercopithecidae’s taxonomy in 2005 by primatologists Madhusudan and Mishra[2].
  • The species name Munzala was derived from the local Dirang name Monpa mon Zala, which literally means “deep forest monkey“.
  • These Arunachal monkeys live in groups of several males and several females: adults, infants, and juveniles.
  • Arunachal macaques have a matrilineal group structure, and the rank of an individual’s mother is likely to help determine its future status.
  • They are the highest-dwelling Indian macaques, living exclusively in alpine regions with elevations between 6,500 and 11,500 feet (2,000 to 3,500 meters).

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Key References
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  • [2]“Distribution and Conservation Status of the Arunachal Macaque, Macaca munzala, in Western Arunachal Pradesh, Northeastern India”. Accessed July 31, 2022. Link.
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