SOUTH–EASTERN LANGUR/Behaviour, Distribution, Habitat, Size, Weight, IUCN stetus


DESCRIPTION: The similarity between the Greek headgear of Priam, King of Troy in the Greek epics, and the crest of some of the subspecies of south–eastern langurs gives this species its scientific name. The northern subspecies, S.p. anchises, is an average-sized pale grey langur with a backward-looped tail. In some populations, it has a crest and in others it is almost crestless, but all populations have black fingers and knuckles with the rest of the paw being pale. It has no streak between the eyes and ear, and has a darker grey on the chest. S.p. priam is similarly a pale grey langur, if at all even whiter than its northern subspecies. It has a clear crest and the entire paw looks pale as the black is only on the tips of the fingers. S.p. priamellus needs confirmation as a valid subspecies. It looks almost like S.p. anchises without a crest, black up to the knuckles and with a buff colour spread through the grey on the back, chest and mane. A larger crested langur with dark grey arms and paws needs further confirmation as to whether it is S.p. thersites or a different colour variation of S. priam.

BEHAVIOUR: It is known to hybridize with the Nilgiri Langur.

DISTRIBUTION: S.p. anchises, Kurnool and Anantapur districts of Andhra
Pradesh and Tumkur district of Karnataka. S.p. priam, south of Cudappah in Andhra Pradesh and almost all of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. S.p. priamellus may be known in the forest of Kerala, just north of the Palakkad Gap.

HABITAT: All habitats, including plantation;
also found near human settlements.

Size: HBL: 55–75 cm

Wt: 9–11 kg 

IUCN Status: Near Threatened


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