Species Details

@Samiul Mohsanin, Jahangirnagar University, Dhaka

Northern Pig-Tailed Macaque Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Macaca leonina
Family : Cercopithecidae
Order : Primates
Class : Mammalia
Phylum : Chordata
Other Name : Pig-tailed Macaque
Habitat : Forest
Description : The Northern Pig-Tailed Macaque has a dark brown or black coat with a distinctive crest of hair on the crown of its head, which gives it its name. It has a long tail that is usually carried in a curled position.

They are found in a variety of habitats including rainforests, mangroves, and coastal areas.
Northern Pig-Tailed Macaques are social animals and live in groups of around 10-30 individuals. They are active during the day and sleep in trees at night.

Their diet consists of fruits, seeds, insects, and small vertebrates.

Females typically give birth to a single offspring every 18-24 months. The gestation period is around 165 days.

They are known to be highly intelligent and have been used in laboratory studies due to their similarity to humans in terms of physiology and behavior.

The Northern Pig-Tailed Macaque is listed as Endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), due to habitat loss and fragmentation, as well as hunting and trapping for the wildlife trade.
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: Samiul Mohsanin, (Jahangirnagar University, Dhaka), photo copyright: Samiul Mohsanin. For more information please contact with us.