PHAYRE’S LEAF MONKEYOR LANGUR/Behaviour, Distribution, Habitat, Size, Weight, IUCN stetus


DESCRIPTION: The Phayre’s Leaf Monkey is also called the Spectacled Monkey because of the white eye patches that stand out in its black face. A white lip-guard gives it the look of a modern cricketer playing in the sun with sunblock
on. Its body is slate–grey, tending to black towards the limbs, with a lighter underside. The tail is longer than the body and lightly tasselled. Both sexes have a
peaked crest. The crest, the fully formed eye rings, and the stark contrast between
a grey back and pale cream venter differentiates T.p. phayrei from its two
extralimital subspecies. The infant is golden coloured and changes to adult
colouration by eight months of age. Sexes are similar, except that the female has
yellowish pubic callosities while those of the male are flesh coloured. The male also has circular white eye rings compared with the females whose eye rings are roughly triangular.

BEHAVIOUR: It leaps onto branches in a spreadeagled fashion rather than jumping on to a single chosen branch.

DISTRIBUTION: India is at the extremity of its range and it is found in Cachar, Hailakandi and Karimganj districts of southern Assam, and in Tripura and Mizoram.

HABITAT: Mixed moist deciduous, semi-evergreen secondary forests, bamboo
patches and forest fringes including tea gardens.

Size: HBL: 55–65 cm,

Weight: 6–8 kg

IUCN Status: Endangered


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