Tufted Gray Langur

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Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Animalia Primates Cercopithecidae Semnopithecus Semnopithecus priam
Tufted Gray Langur
IUCN Status: Nearly-Threatened
  • Common Names: Tufted Gray Langur, Coromandel Sacred Langur
  • Taxonomy Classification Year: 1844
  • Monkey Size: 55 to 80 cm (22 to 31 in)
  • Skin Color(s): Brownish to light gray
  • Habitat: Forest
  • Diet: Herbivorous
  • Native Countries: India, Sri Lanka

Tufted Gray Langur Distribution

Tufted Gray Langur Characteristics

Tufted Gray Langur

The tufted gray langur[1] (Semnopithecus priam), also called the Coromandel sacred langur and the Madras gray langur, is an Old-World monkey, one of the langur species.

  • This, like other gray langurs, is primarily a leaf-eating monkey. It is found in Sri Lanka and Southeast India.
  • Tufted gray langurs have a narrow tail that is longer than the rest of their body and hangs high above them.
  • Their fur is brown to light gray in color and looks silky. Their heads are off-white, and the crown hair points upwards in a distinct lock that meets a center point, like a miniature mohawk.
  • Their faces are dark gray in color, and they have slender ears that protrude from each side of their head.
  • Its belly is creamy yellow, and the fur around its feet is light, though its toes are as dark a gray as its face.

What Do Tufted Gray Langurs Eat?

What Do Tufted Gray Langurs Eat?

The Tufted Gray Langur consumes several plant matters not limited to[¶]:

  • Indian Ash tree (Lannea coromandelica).
  • Roxburgh’s Cassia (Cassia roxburghii).
  • Clustertree (Ficus racemosa)
  • Duhat (Syzygium cumini)
  • Lac Tree (Schleichera oleosa).
  • Golden Shower (Cassia fistula).
  • Mahua (Madhuca longifolia)
  • Indian Banyan (Ficus benghalensis).
  • Chastetree (Vitex)
  • Hazel Sterculia (Sterculia foetida).
  • Tamarind (Tamarindus indica)
  • Horn Of Plenty (Datura metel).

Tufted Gray Langur Facts

Semnopithecus Priam

  • Tufted gray langurs are one of many species named after characters in Homer’s ancient Greek epic during the Trojan War – The Iliad – Semnopithecus hector and Semnopithecus ajax are the others.
  • These langurs are generally shy and only descend when there is no visible danger.
  • They move mainly on all fours, both on the ground and in the trees, preferring to run rather than walk.
  • Groups can be polygamous or multi-male/multi-female. Their size varies from 20-50 individuals.
  • Groups are agonist towards outgroups and exhibit a variety of aggressive behaviors.

Suggested Reading: Different Kinds of Monkeys

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Key References
  • [1]“Langur Gris Moñudo (Semnopithecus priam) · Natusfera”. Accessed October 31, 2022. Link.
  • [¶] – Fricke, E.C., Svenning, J. Accelerating homogenization of the global plant-frugivore meta-network. Nature 585, 74-78 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-020-2640-y.


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