Black Snub Nosed Monkey

AnimaliaPrimatesCercopithecidaeRhinopithecusRhinopithecus bieti
Black-and-white snub-nosed monkey
IUCN Status: Endangered
  • Common Name: Black-and-white snub-nosed monkey
  • Taxonomy Classification Year: 1897
  • Monkey Size: 74 to 83 cm (29.13 to 32.68 in)
  • Skin Color(s): Black
  • Habitat: Forest, mountains
  • Diet: Herbivorous
  • Native Countries: China

Black-and-white snub-nosed monkey Distribution

Black-and-white snub-nosed monkey Characteristics

Black Snub-Nosed Monkey

The black-and-white snub-nosed monkey[1], also called the Yunnan snub-nosed monkey, is a large black-and-white primate living only in Yunnan Province in southern China, where it is known to the local population as the Yunnan golden-haired monkey.

  • Males weigh between 15 and 17 kg, females between 6.5 and 10 kg.
  • They share characteristics with other snub-nosed monkeys, concave nostrils and thick lips.
  • However, these monkeys are the only black-and-white snub-nosed monkeys with long hair.
  • Males have distinctive crowns of dark hair that hang forward and form a crest about 97 to 120 mm (3.7 to 4.7 in) long.
  • Their faces are white with pink lips and black noses. The fur on the arms, back, and lower legs are black, with white tufts on the elbows.
  • A whitish-gray fur covers its cheeks to the ventral side and covers the abdomen, neck, and thighs.

Black-and-white snub-nosed monkey Facts

Black Snub-Nosed Monk

  • The species gets the “snub-nosed” part of its name due to its lack of nasal bones. This is considered its most distinctive feature.
  • Black-and-white snub-nosed monkeys are the most sexually dimorphic snub-nosed monkeys, with males being 50 percent larger than females.
  • Groups of black snub-nosed monkeys are relatively calm, communicating primarily through eye contact and gestures when foraging and resting.
  • Flocks of black snub-nosed monkeys move in single file to new resting and feeding areas. They move daily and seasonally in response to environmental variables such as slope, temperature, and sunlight.
  • Compared to males, females and young black snub-nosed monkeys are not as black and have shorter hair on their thighs, crowns, and backs.

Suggested Reading: Different Species of Monkeys

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Key References
  • [1]“Frontiers | Genetic Structure and Evolutionary History of Rhinopithecus roxellana in Qinling Mountains, Central China”. Accessed August 09, 2022. Link.


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