Tuesday, 11 September 2007

Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata)

Adult Japanese Macaque (subspecies M. f. fuscata) at Arashiyama, Kyoto Japan - July 2013

OTHER NAMES: Snow Monkey
Local Name: Nihonzau (日本猿) - "Japan Monkey" 
Featured Subspecies: Macaca fuscata fuscatca
Weight: 8-11kg
Length: 52-57cm
NO UK STATUS IUCN Red List: Least Concern

Apart from Humans, Japanese Macaques are by far the most Northerly residing primates, found throughout the Southern half of Japan, they live in colonies of a good number of individuals.  Perhaps most famous as the "Snow Monkeys" who dwell in hot springs, this is actually only a single colony who exhibit this particular behavior.  In general most of these monkeys live fairly secretive lives in the forest, but some colonies such as the one we saw at Arashiyama or the Snow Monkey colony are used to humans so can be approached.

Related Species:
Order: Primates
Family: Cercopithecidae
Genus: Macaca
SUBSPECIES: M. f. fuscata, M. f. yakui

- Sighting Locations -
JAPAN - Widespread but local resident.
 - KYOTO/OSAKA 2013 TRIP: A colony at a feeding station at Arashiyama.

Further Notes:  RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List

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