Saturday, 1 November 2008

Long-tailed Macaque (Macaca fascicularis)

Two Long-tailed Macaque (subspecies M. f. fascicularis) at Batu Caves, Malaysia - July 2016

OTHER NAMES: Crab-eating Macaque, Cynomolgus Monkey
Local Name (Malay): Kera ("Ape")
Featured Subspecies: Macaca fascicularis fascicularis
Weight: 4.7-8.3kg
Length: 41-64cm + 40-65cm tail
NO UK STATUS IUCN Red List: Least Concern

By far the most common of the primates of Malaysia, the Long-tailed Macaque is a species that has adapted well to human living, and I saw them in three separate sites in Kuala Lumpur itself.  Though their alternate name is the Crab-eating Macaque they are found in a wide variety of habitats, not just the shoreline and in some place become abundant where they can scavenge from humans such as the Batu Caves temple area to the North of Kuala Lumpur where densities of this species were very high.

Related Species:
Order: Primates
Family: Cercopithecidae
Genus: Macaca
SUBSPECIES: M. f. fascicularis, M. f. aurea, M. f. umbrosa, M. f. atriceps, M. f. condorensis, M. f. fusca, M. f. lasiae, M. f. tua, M. f. karimondjawae, M. f. philippensis 

 - Sighting Locations -
MALAYSIA - A common resident
 - MALAYSIA/SINGAPORE 2016 TRIP: Abundant in Kuala Lumpur

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

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