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Gray langur[1]
( or Hanuman Langur[2])
Gray langur family at Mudumalai National Park
Scientific classification

Desmarest, 1822
Rough distributions of the species

The Gray langur or Hanuman langur (Semnopithecus) is a genus of colobine monkey. They are found in southeast Asia. The word "langur" means 'having a long tail'. It is commonly called the leaf monkey. They usually live in small groups of between 2 and 10 individuals. They mainly eat leaves, as well as some fruit. Langur spend most of their time in trees. They have white fur and black faces. They are considered sacred animals therefore the "National social mammal of India".

References[change | change source]

  1. Groves, Colin (2005). Wilson, D. E.; Reeder, D. M. (eds.). Mammal Species of the World (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 174–175. ISBN 0-801-88221-4.
  2. Vivek Menon; et al. (2003). Indian Mammals. Dorling Kindersley. ISBN 9780143029984.from the entry on Hanuman Langur, p.37: "There are several races of Hanuman langur, differing in colour and size. Scientists are currently debating whether this langur is a single species with several sub-species, or whether these are different species."