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Mammalia > Primates > Cercopithecidae > Macaca

Macaca silenus Linnaeus, 1758 – Lion-tailed Macaque

Taxonomic Notes:

This species is listed as Endangered in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species ( 

Indian and global distribution:
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Status, Habitat and Habits:

This is an Endemic species of India, found only in the Southern Western Ghats. It is distributed in Karnataka and Kerala. It is an uncommon species that can be found dwelling in canopy as well as on forest floors.

Conservation status:

This species is listed as Endangered in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species ( 

According to IUCN Red List assessment, the population of this species is declining. The current estimate of the population is 2500 mature individuals. Threat to its persistence comes from extensive agriculture, urbanization and mining all over its native range leading to heavy habitat fragmentation. Lion-tailed Macaque is also a minor crop-raider, however, retaliatory killing is not observed as such.

Mammalia > Primates > Cercopithecidae > Macaca

Cite this page along with its URL as:
Bayani, A.. 2022. Macaca silenus Linnaeus, 1758 – Lion-tailed Macaque. A. Bayani, R. Chakravarty, P. Roy, and K. Kunte (editors). Mammals of India, v. 1.13. editors.
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