Moor Macaque

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Animalia Primates Cercopithecidae Macaca Macaca maura
Moor Macaque
IUCN Status: Endangered
  • Common Name: Moor Macaque
  • Taxonomy Classification Year: 1825
  • Monkey Size: 50 to 56 cm (19.7 to 22 in)
  • Skin Color(s): Light brown to a dark brown
  • Habitat: Rainforest
  • Diet: Herbivorous
  • Native Countries: Indonesia

Moor Macaque Distribution

Moor Macaque Characteristics

Moor Macaque

The moor macaque[1] (Macaca maura) is a brown/black haired macaque with a pale rump and bare pink rump skin.

Macaca Maura

  • These large primates have very short tails. They are not a particularly colorful primate species;
  • Its fur varies from light brown to dark brown, although the hair framing the face is a lighter shade of yellowish-gray.
  • They have dark faces, hands, and ears. Their ischial callosities, thick layers of tissue on their buttocks, are pale pink.
  • At certain stages of their menstrual cycle, female species display large sexual swellings.

Moor Macaque

Moor Macaque Facts

Moor Macaque

  • Sometimes referred to as the “dog-ape” because of its dog-like snout, this species is no more closely related to great apes than any other Old World monkey.
  • In estrus, females prefer the dominant male in the group and present themselves to him more often than to lower-ranking males.
  • Moor macaques appear to be a relatively tolerant macaque species, showing low levels of aggression between group membersand high levels of post-conflict reconciliation.
  • South Sulawesi folklore says that the ancestors of humans became apes; people in this area avoid entering the moor macaque’s forest habitat to avoid disturbing them.
  • The moor macaque is threatened primarily by habitat loss due to a growing human population and deforestation to increase agricultural land.

Moor Macaques

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Key References
  • [1]“ADW: Macaca maura: CLASSIFICATION”. Accessed October 12, 2022. Link.


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