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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

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Scientific Name:
The name of the animal in science
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)
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:
The preferred food of this animal
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 this animal
Very sociable animal with a long tail

Crab-Eating Macaque Location

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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 is 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 an animal under threat at this time, habitat loss in the form of pollution and deforestation is causing severe declines in the crab-eating macaque population numbers.

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Crab-Eating Macaque Translations

Crab-eating Macaque
Bahasa Melayu
Macaca fascicularis
Macaque crabier
מקוק סרטנים
Közönséges makákó
Bahasa Indonesia
Monyet pemakan kepiting
Macaca fascicularis
Makak jawajski

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First Published: 18th January 2010, Last Updated: 8th November 2019

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