Species Details


Assamese Macaque Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Macaca assamensis
Family : Cercopithecidae
Order : Primates
Class : Mammalia
Phylum : Chordata
Other Name : Assam Macaque
Habitat : Forest
Description : Assamese macaques are medium-sized primates that typically weigh between 4 and 10 kilograms (8.8 to 22 pounds) and have a body length of 40 to 60 centimeters (16 to 24 inches). Males are generally larger than females.

They have dark brown or black fur, with a lighter underside, and a distinctive pale or white patch of fur on the lower part of their face. They have a short tail and a prominent brow ridge.

Assamese macaques are omnivorous and feed on a variety of plant materials, including fruits, seeds, and leaves, as well as insects and small animals.

They are social animals that live in groups of up to 30 individuals, with females usually outnumbering males. Like other macaque species, they have a complex social structure with dominance hierarchies and strong social bonds between individuals.

Assamese macaques are primarily found in tropical and subtropical forests, including evergreen, semi-evergreen, and deciduous forests. They are also known to inhabit agricultural areas and urban environments.

Assamese macaques are listed as a vulnerable species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) due to habitat loss and fragmentation, hunting, and capture for the pet trade. Conservation efforts are focused on protecting their remaining habitats and reducing human-wildlife conflicts.
Distribution in Bangladesh
description written by: Asad U. Tanvir, Department of Zoology, Jagannath University, Dhaka; reviewed by: Muntasir Akash, Department of Zoology, University of Dhaka; Taxonomic Checklist: Red List of Bangladesh Volume 2: Mammals, 2015, IUCN; information sources: iucnredlist.org, Khan 2018 (Photographic guide to the wildlife of Bangladesh), photo credit: pfaucher (www.inaturalist.org/people/alankwok), photo copyright: iNaturalist. For more information please contact with us.