Crab-Eating Macaque

March 17, 2022

The crab-eating macaque (also referred to as the cynomolgus monkey or the long-tailed macaque) is among the most widespread primate species globally. It belongs to the group of Old World Monkeys.

Crab-eating macaques have ten subspecies native to Southeast Asia, including the Nicobar long-tailed macaques, the dark crowned long-tailed macaques, and the long-tailed macaques. Each subspecies has a slightly different diet, habitat, and physical appearance.

The greatest threat for crab-eating macaques’ survival in the wild is loss of habitat. However, they currently have a large and stable population.

Fun Facts about Crab-Eating Macaques

  • Crab-eating macaques are playful, intelligent, socially active, and nurturing.
  • They are viewed as invasive species in some areas.
  • Male crab-eating monkeys have cheek whiskers and mustaches. Female crab-eating monkeys only have whiskers.
  • Like rhesus monkeys, crab-eating monkeys are commonly selected for medical research and experimentation since they are susceptible to human diseases.
  • They live in female-dominated societies as their groups are oriented towards the female line of succession.
  • Scientific research reveals that crab-eating macaques acquire knowledge and culture across generations.

Other Fun Facts about Crab-Eating Macaque

  • Crab-eating Macaques primarily eat fruits, seeds, insects and crabs, but their favorite is (not surprisingly) the crab. 
  • Their predators include large reptiles, eagles and tigers. 
  • Lifestyle: Troop
  • Distinctive Feature: Crab-Eating Macaques are very sociable animals with long tails
  • Habitat: Rainforest and tropical jungle
  • Color: grey, brown, white, and yellow
  • Skin Type: Fur
  • Top Speed: 30 mph
  • Height: 38cm – 55cm (15in – 22in)
  • Weight: 3kg – 9kg (7lbs – 20lbs)
  • Lifespan: 15 – 30 years

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