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Crab-Eating Macaque

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A crab eating Macaque perched on a tree in the Penang National Park, Malaysia
Crab-eating Macaque (Macaca fascicularis) at the steps of Batu Caves, Malaysia
Crab-eating macaque (Macaca fascicularis), in the temple of Pura Pulaki (Bali island, Indonesia)
Crab-eating Macaque (Macaca fascicularis)
Crab-eating Macaque (Macaca fascicularis), Batu Caves, Malaysia
The crab-eating macaque is a medium species of monkey, found in the tropical and sub-tropical forests and jungles throughout South-East Asia. The crab-eating macaque differs from other macaque species in the fact that the crab-eating macaque has a long tail which is about the same length as it's body.

The crab-eating macaque is widely dispersed across the South-East Asian jungles and are found in a variety of different habitats. The crab-eating macaque generally settles in areas that are close to water over a wide range of habitats including lowland forests, tropical jungles and mangroves.

The crab-eating macaque is a highly sociable animal and lives in groups containing between 5 and 60 crab-eating macaque individuals. The crab-eating macaque troops are centred around the female crab-eating macaques are they remain in the same place for their whole lives. There are often half as many males in a crab-eating macaque troop than there are females.

The crab-eating macaque is an arboreal primate meaning that it spends most of its life in the safety of the trees. The crab-eating macaque has a long tail which helps it to balance and sharp nails and its fingers to toes which help with grip.

Despite its name, the crab-eating macaque does not only eat crabs and in fact at least 50% of the crab-eating macaque's diet is made up from fruits, nuts and seeds. The crab-eating macaque also eats insects, small reptiles, amphibians, fish and crustaceans.

The crab-eating macaque is relatively small in size and therefore has a number of predators within its natural environment. Tigers and large reptiles such as snakes and crocodiles are the main predators of the crab-eating macaque along with large birds of prey like eagles who prey on the smaller crab-eating macaque individuals.

After a gestation period of around six months, the female crab-eating macaque gives birth to a single infant (baby) crab-eating macaque. Male crab-eating macaque babies remain with their mothers until they are a couple of years old and are independent enough to find another troop, but the crab-eating macaque babies tend to remain in the troop for their whole lives.

Although the crab-eating macaque is not considered to be a animal under threat at this time, habitat loss in the form of pollution but primarily deforestation is causing sever declines in the crab-eating macaque population numbers.

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Crab-Eating Macaque Translations

English English
Crab-eating Macaque
Chinese 中文
Malay Bahasa Melayu
German Deutsch
Spanish Español
Macaca fascicularis
French Français
Macaque crabier
Hebrew עִבְרִית
מקוק סרטנים
Hungarian Magyar
Közönséges makákó
Indonesian Bahasa Indonesia
Monyet pemakan kepiting
Italian Italiano
Macaca fascicularis
Dutch Nederlands
Polish Polski
Makak jawajski
Swedish Svenska

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Crab-Eating Macaque Facts

Five groups that classify all living things...
A group of animals within the animal kingdom...
A group of animals within a pylum...
A group of animals within a class...
A group of animals within an order...
A group of animals within a family...
Scientific Name:
Comprised of the genus followed by the species...
Macaca Fascicularis
The animal group that the species belongs to...
What kind of foods the animal eats...
Size (H):
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is...
38cm - 55cm (15in - 22in)
The measurement of how heavy the animal is...
3kg - 9kg (7lbs - 20lbs)
Top Speed:
The fastest recorded speed of the animal...
48km/h (30mph)
Life Span:
How long the animal lives for...
15 - 30 years
Whether the animal is solitary or sociable...
Conservation Status:
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct...
Least Concern
The colour of the animal's coat or markings...
Grey, Brown, White, Yellow
Skin Type:
The protective layer of the animal...
Favourite Food:Crabs
The specific area where the animal lives...
Rainforest and tropical jungle
Average Litter Size:
The average number of babies born at once...
Main Prey:
The food that the animal gains energy from...
Crabs, Fruits, Seeds, Insects
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal...
Eagle, Tiger, Large reptiles
Distinctive Features:
Characteristics unique to the animal...
Very sociable animal with a long tail

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