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Crab-Eating Macaque

Crab-eating macaque (Macaca fascicularis) in Lopburi, ThailandCrab-eating Macaque (Macaca fascicularis), Batu Caves, MalaysiaCrab-eating Macaque (Macaca fascicularis)Crab-eating macaque (Macaca fascicularis), in the temple of Pura Pulaki (Bali island, Indonesia)Crab-eating Macaque (Macaca fascicularis) at the steps of Batu Caves, MalaysiaA crab eating Macaque perched on a tree in the Penang National Park, Malaysia
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Crab-Eating Macaque Facts

Kingdom:
Five groups that classify all living things
Animalia
Phylum:
A group of animals within the animal kingdom
Chordata
Class:
A group of animals within a pylum
Mammalia
Order:
A group of animals within a class
Primates
Family:
A group of animals within an order
Cercopithecidae
Genus:
A group of animals within a family
Macaca
Scientific Name:
Comprised of the genus followed by the species
Macaca Fascicularis
Type:
The animal group that the species belongs to
Mammal
Diet:
What kind of foods the animal eats
Carnivore
Size (H):
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is
38cm - 55cm (15in - 22in)
Weight:
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
Lifestyle:
Whether the animal is solitary or sociable
Troop
Conservation Status:
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct
Least Concern
Colour:
The colour of the animal's coat or markings
Grey, Brown, White, Yellow
Skin Type:
The protective layer of the animal
Fur
Favourite Food:Crabs
Habitat:
The specific area where the animal lives
Rainforest and tropical jungle
Average Litter Size:
The average number of babies born at once
1
Main Prey:Crabs, Fruits, Seeds, Insects
Predators:
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

Crab-Eating Macaque Location

Map of Crab-Eating Macaque Locations
Map of Asia

Crab-Eating Macaque

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.

Crab-Eating Macaque Translations

English
Crab-eating Macaque
中文
長尾獼猴
Bahasa Melayu
Kera
Deutsch
Javaneraffe
Español
Macaca fascicularis
Français
Macaque crabier
עִבְרִית
מקוק סרטנים
Magyar
Közönséges makákó
Bahasa Indonesia
Monyet pemakan kepiting
Italiano
Macaca fascicularis
Nederlands
Java-aap
Polski
Makak jawajski
Svenska
Krabbmakak

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First Published: 18th January 2010, Last Updated: 9th January 2017 [View Sources]

Sources:
1. David Burnie, Dorling Kindersley (2008) Illustrated Encyclopedia Of Animals [Accessed at: 18 Jan 2010]
2. David Burnie, Kingfisher (2011) The Kingfisher Animal Encyclopedia [Accessed at: 01 Jan 2011]
3. David W. Macdonald, Oxford University Press (2010) The Encyclopedia Of Mammals [Accessed at: 18 Jan 2010]
4. Dorling Kindersley (2006) Dorling Kindersley Encyclopedia Of Animals [Accessed at: 18 Jan 2010]
5. Richard Mackay, University of California Press (2009) The Atlas Of Endangered Species [Accessed at: 18 Jan 2010]
6. Tom Jackson, Lorenz Books (2007) The World Encyclopedia Of Animals [Accessed at: 18 Jan 2010]

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