Booted macaque
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Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Animalia Primates Cercopithecidae Macaca Macaca ochreata
Booted Macaque
IUCN Status: Vulnerable
  • Common Name: Booted Macaque
  • Taxonomy Classification Year: 1841
  • Monkey Size: 50 to 59 cm (19.68 to 23.23 in)
  • Skin Color(s): Deep black, dark red to tan
  • Habitat: Rainforest
  • Diet: Herbivorous
  • Native Countries: Indonesia

Booted Macaque Distribution

Booted Macaque Characteristics

Booted Macaque

The booted macaque[1] is a macaque native to Indonesia’s Sulawesi Island. This Old-World monkey is diurnal, spending most of the day in trees.

  • Female booted monkeys have dark, round faces with deep-set, forward-facing eyes. A mane of light grey-brown fur is fanned out and covers the ears.
  • The upper part of the mane is black. Their slender torso is also covered in black fur, which ends at the back and the beginning of the limbs.
  • These sections are faded to a similar but lighter color found in the mane. The pelage around their hands and feet fades to a darker shade, somewhat brown.
  • Males exhibit the same basic pattern as females but are more prominent. In addition, specific coloration appears to vary more individually than sex.
  • Aside from size, the much larger upper canines in males are a critical difference between males and females.

Booted Macaque Facts

  • A booted macaque monkey’s body mass is determined by its sex, with males significantly larger than females.
  • The species often hybridize with Tonkean macaques, where the ranges of the two species overlap.
  • These macaques are exceptionally sociable but behave according to a strict social hierarchy. Therefore, individuals adjust their behavior according to their position in the hierarchy.
  • They live in groups of 12 to 30, consisting of several adult males and females and their young. Booted macaques usually have twice as many women as men in a group.
  • Macaques are considered the world’s most adaptable non-human primates. 23 species are scattered across the Old World, surviving in various environments, including busy cities!

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Key References
  • [1]“Distribution of Macaca ochreata and Identification of Mixed ochreata-tonkeana Groups in South Sulawesi, Indonesia”. Accessed November 10, 2022. Link.


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