Shortridge's Capped Langur

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Animalia Primates Cercopithecidae Trachypithecus Trachypithecus shortridgei
Shortridge's Langur
IUCN Status: Endangered
  • Common Name: Shortridge’s Langur
  • Taxonomy Classification Year: 1915
  • Monkey Size: 62 to 62 cm (24.4 to 24.4 in)
  • Skin Color(s): Gray, brown, or black
  • Habitat: Forest
  • Diet: Herbivorous
  • Native Countries: Myanmar, China

Shortridge’s Langur Distribution

Shortridge’s Capped Langur Characteristics

Shortridge's Capped Langur

The Shortridge’s Capped langur[1] (Trachypithecus shortridgei) is a colobine primate inhabiting low to medium evergreen and semi-evergreen forests east of the Chindwin River in northeastern Myanmar and southwestern Myanmar, China, in the Nu and Dulong valleys.

  • The species gets its name from the thick hairs on the skull, usually gray or black.
  • Its back surface is usually covered with black, brown, or gray hair. Its belly can vary from bright orange to pale yellow.
  • As with most langurs, babies vary significantly in coloration from adults, although the differences between capped langurs are less dramatic than most of their relatives.
  • Adult langurs have black skin, while babies have pink skin.
  • The baby’s hair is usually light orange, similar to an adult’s breast color.

Shortridge’s Capped Langur Facts

  • Activity budgets show that these langurs spend half the day feeding and moving between feeding sites.
  • The average group of Shortridge’s capped langurs consists of about 9 individuals: a single dominant male, a few adult females, and their young.
  • Although these langurs are very social and talkative animals, they are generally quiet when feeding.
  • Although generally silent while feeding, individuals occasionally make a “nouk” sound when someone loses contact with the main group.
  • Dominant male species are much more protective of their mating partners and their young than their food sources.

Suggested Reading: Different Breeds of Monkeys

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Key References
  • [1]“Distribution and conservation status of Shortridge’s capped langurs Trachypithecus shortridgei in China | Oryx | Cambridge Core”. Accessed November 02, 2022. Link.


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