Red Shanked Douc Langur

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Animalia Primates Cercopithecidae Pygathrix Pygathrix nemaeus
Douc langur
IUCN Status: Critically-Endangered
  • Common Name: Douc langur
  • Taxonomy Classification Year: 1771
  • Monkey Size: 61 to 76.2 cm (24.02 to 30.00 in)
  • Skin Color(s): Gray
  • Habitat: Rainforest
  • Diet: Herbivorous
  • Native Countries: Vietnam, Cambodia, China

Douc langur Distribution

Red-Shanked Douc Langur Characteristics

Red Shanked Douc Langur

The red-shanked douc langur[1] is an Old-World monkey species that is one of the most colorful primates.

  • Different Douc langur species can be distinguished by the color of their shanks or legs.
  • Sometimes called “the costumed monkey, ” the red-shanked douc langur is one of the most colorful primates.
  • The monkey’s orange and yellow face and ears are dusted with theatrical makeup, and the eyelids are dusted with light blue eyeshadow.
  • Dark almond eyes see the world, and small nostrils inhale the scent of the forest habitat from a modest nose.
  • Long, white whiskers (more prominent in males) adorn the chin and frame the alien face of the monkey. A wide black stripe runs across the monkey’s forehead.

Red-Shanked Douc Langur Facts

Pygathrix Nemaeus

  • Red-shanked douc langurs are genetically similar to gray-shanked douc langurs; however, they are considered a different species due to their different biological characteristics.
  • Like other douc langur species, red-shanked douc langurs leap from branch to branch, pushing off with their legs and landing their feet-first on the next branch.
  • The red-shanked Douc langur has a multi-chambered stomach and breaks down its food with bacteria through a process known as fermentation.
  • Adult males take the lead in foraging in a group, females and babies take the middle position, and young males in the group follow at the back.
  • In terms of mating, males and females “stare” at each other by thrusting their jaws forward, lowering and raising their eyebrows, and shaking their heads.

Suggested Reading: Different Species of Monkeys

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Key References
  • [1]“Red-shanked Douc – Asian Species Action Partnership”. Accessed September 03, 2022. Link.

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