Phayre's leaf monkey portrait

Phayre's leaf monkey

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

Rank: Species

Common names:

Phayre's langur

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Map showing the distribution of the Phayre's leaf monkey taxa

Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.

The Phayre's leaf monkey can be found in a number of locations including: Asia, Indian subcontinent. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.


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

Conservation Status


  1. EX - Extinct
  2. EW
  3. CR - Threatened
  4. EN - Threatened
  5. VU - Threatened
  6. NT
  7. LC - Least concern

Population trend: Decreasing

Year assessed: 2008

Classified by: IUCN 3.1

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