Phayre's leaf monkeys, or langurs, are old world monkeys that inhabit south east Asian tropical forests. They prefer to eat lots of immature leaves, flowers and fruits, and have an enhanced salivary gland that helps them break down all the tough plant material. When a group is alarmed, the females grab their young and flee through the forest while the males stay behind to bark at the intruders.
Scientific name: Trachypithecus phayrei
Conspicuous orange fur attracts attentive babysitters.
Adult Phayre’s leaf monkeys are completely grey while their newborn babies are bright orange. Lucky the females don’t live in orangutan country or they’d have some serious explaining to do.
Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.
The following habitats are found across the Phayre's leaf monkey distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.
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Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web
Population trend: Decreasing
Year assessed: 2008
Classified by: IUCN 3.1
Phayre's leaf monkey (Trachypithecus phayrei), also known as Phayre's langur, is a species of lutung found in Southeast Asia. The species epithet commemorates Arthur Purves Phayre.
Its range includes Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, China, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam.
It is mostly arboreal and feeds on leaves of a large number of tree species. A study in Tripura, India found the principal food tree species to be Albizzia procera, Melocanna bambusoides, Callicarpa arborea, Dillenia pentagyna, Litsea sp., Albizzia lebbek, Mikania scandens, Gmelina arborea, Artocarpus chaplasha, Syzygium fruticosum, Ficus fistulosa, Ficus racemosa, Ficus hispida, Ficus indica. Macaranga denticulata and Albizzia stipulata.
There are three accepted subspecies of this lutung:
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