Gray Snub-Nosed Monkey

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Animalia Primates Cercopithecidae Rhinopithecus Rhinopithecus brelichi
IUCN Status: Endangered
  • Common Name: Gray Snub-nosed Monkey
  • Taxonomy Classification Year: 1903
  • Monkey Size: 64 to 73 cm (25.2 to 28.7 in)
  • Skin Color(s): Brown to gray
  • Habitat: Forest, mountains
  • Diet: Herbivorous
  • Native Countries: China

Gray Snub-nosed Monkey Distribution

Gray Snub-Nosed Monkey Characteristics

The gray snub-nosed monkey[1] (Rhinopithecus brelichi), also called Guizhou Golden monkey, Brelich’s snub-nosed monkey, and Guizhou snub-nosed monkey is a species of primate in the Cercopithecidae family.

  • It is native to China, where it is called the Guizhou golden-haired monkey or gray golden-haired monkey.
  • Adults are draped in long, fine hair, usually brown on the upper body to gray on the lower body, with a patch of white between the shoulder blades.
  • Its neck, head, and the extremities of its limbs are black, save for a golden forehead. It has a golden chest and brown fur on the insides of the knees and the insides of the arms.
  • The face is bluish-white bare skin and pink around the mouth and eyes, and it has a regal forehead and restricted nasal bones, giving it a snub-nosed look.
  • Juveniles are shades of gray with patterns that change with age. Adult males are lighter in color than adult females and have white fur on the prominent nipples.

Gray Snub-Nosed Monkey Facts

  • The confirmed range of the gray snub-nosed monkey is endemic to China(Fanjingshan National Nature Reserve in Wuling Mountains of Guizhou Province).
  • The diurnal species is considered semi-terrestrial and, when available, mainly inhabits trees.
  • Locomotion combines “quadrupedal walking, leaping, climbing, semi-brachiation, and occasional full brachiation“.
  • Their social structure is based on small groups forming large squads of 400 individuals or more that travel, feed, and sleep together.
  • Of the 3 species of snub-nosed monkeys in China, the gray snub-nosed monkey is the most endangered, with the population estimated at fewer than 400 individuals.

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Key References
  • [1]“Genetic Diversity in Endangered Guizhou Snub-Nosed Monkeys (Rhinopithecus brelichi): Contrasting Results from Microsatellite and Mitochondrial DNA Data | PLOS ONE”. Accessed December 03, 2022. Link.

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