- 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
The moor macaque (Macaca maura) is a brown/black haired macaque with a pale rump and bare pink rump skin.
- 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 Facts
- 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.
Suggested Reading: Kinds of Monkeys
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