Black and White Langur

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Animalia Primates Cercopithecidae Presbytis Presbytis bicolor
  • Common Name: Black-and-white Langur
  • Taxonomy Classification Year: 1992
  • Monkey Size: 42 to 59 cm (16.5 to 23 in)
  • Skin Color(s): Black and white
  • Habitat: Rainforest
  • Diet: Herbivorous
  • Native Countries: Indonesia

Black-and-white Langur Distribution

Black-And-White Langur Characteristics

The black-and-white langur[1] is a primate species in the Cercopithecidae family.

  • Like all members of the Presbytis genus, black-and-white langurs have tiny snouts and poorly developed eyebrow ridges.
  • In addition, they have extended frontal legs and relatively longer hind legs, consistent with their preferred mode of locomotion, jumping, and brachiating.
  • Black and white langurs are distinguished by the distinct patches of white fur on their thighs that contrast with their black fur.
  • Also, females have a patch of white fur close to their genitals.

Black-And-White Langur Facts

  • It was formerly thought to be a subspecies of the Presbytis melalophos (Black-crested Sumatran langur). Still, the genetic analysis indicated they were separate species.
  • The Black-and-white langur is endemic to the Indonesian island – Sumatra. It is listed as Data Deficient (DD) by the IUCN.
  • They live in groups consisting of one male and 5 to 7 females. Generally, groups with smaller home ranges are more territorial than groups with more extensive home ranges.
  • The scientific name of the species, Presbytis, is derived from a Greek word meaning “old woman, ” referring specifically to the withered features of the monkey.
  • Black and white langurs contribute to healthy ecosystems by dispersing the seeds of their plant-based diet via their feces.

Suggested Reading: Types of Monkeys List

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Key References
  • [1]“ITIS – Report: Presbytis bicolor”. Accessed November 23, 2022. Link.

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