Langur

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

Desmarest, 1822
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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".

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  1. Groves, Colin (16 November 2005). Wilson, D. E., and Reeder, D. M. (eds) (ed.). Mammal Species of the World (3rd edition ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 174–175. ISBN 0-801-88221-4.CS1 maint: multiple names: editors list (link) CS1 maint: extra text: editors list (link) CS1 maint: extra text (link)
  2. Vivek Menon; et al. (2003). Indian Mammals,. Dorling Kindersley.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."