Golden Snub-Nosed Monkey

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Animalia Primates Cercopithecidae Rhinopithecus Rhinopithecus roxellana
Golden Snub-nosed Monkey
IUCN Status: Endangered
  • Common Name: Golden Snub-nosed Monkey
  • Taxonomy Classification Year: 1870
  • Monkey Size: 57 to 76 cm (22.44 to 29.92 in)
  • Skin Color(s): Brownish Orange
  • Habitat: Forest, mountains
  • Diet: Herbivorous
  • Native Countries: China

Golden Snub-nosed Monkey Distribution

Golden Snub-Nosed Monkey Characteristics

Golden Snub-Nosed Monkey

The golden snub-nosed monkey[1] (Rhinopithecus roxellana) is an Old-World monkey of the subfamily Colobinae.

Chinese Golden Snub Nosed Monkey

  • It is native to a small area of ​​temperate montane forests in central and southwest China.
  • Also, it is widely known as the Sichuan snub-nosed monkey. These monkeys have a head and body length of 57 to 76 cm.
  • The tail measures between 51 and 72 cm. The coat color is gender dimorphic. Both males and females have golden neck, forehead, and belly.
  • Males have grey-black coloring on the head, shoulders, neck, arms, back, and tail. These parts are brownish-black in females.
  • The nose is flattened with the nostrils forward-facing. Two flaps of skin in the wide-open nostrils form spikes that nearly touch the forehead.

Colobinae Snub-Nosed Monkey

Golden Snub-Nosed Monkey Facts

Golden Snub Nosed Monkey

  • Golden snub-nosed monkeys are highly social animals that exhibit group behaviors known as fission and fusion. This behavior, unusual in primates, involves the seasonal formation of large groups alternating with fragmentation into smaller groups.
  • The monkey is found in groups ranging from 5 to 10 individuals to around 600.
  • The male may remain solitary, often away from other group members, while resting.
  • Golden snub-nosed monkeys are very vocal, with males and females specializing in specific calls.
  • Female species often form various close bonds with other females.

Golden Snub Nosed Monkeys

Suggested Reading: Different Species of Monkeys

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Key References
  • [1]“Characteristics of a group of Hubei Golden Snub-nosed Monkeys (Rhinopithecus roxellana hubeiensis) before and after major snow storms – PubMed”. Accessed September 08, 2022. Link.

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