Burmese Snub-nosed Monkey (Rhinopithecus
The pelage coloration of the head is black with having dark gray brown hair on the forehead
(Geissmann et al., 2011). The ear tufts and whiskers are white or bleached colored with
dark gray brown colored hair on the cheeks (Geissmann et al., 2011). The ventral
coloration on the body is buff brown to dark gray brown in coloration and the dorsal side is black
with blackish brown colored hair over the iliac region (Geissmann et al., 2011). The hair
around the perineum is colored white or bleached (Geissmann et al., 2011). The skin
around the eyes, lips and the philtrum are colored pale pink (Geissmann et al., 2011).
The skin on the palm of the hand and on the foot is black (Geissmann et al., 2011).The
ischial callosities are dark gray and the nipples are said to be flesh colored (Geissmann et
al., 2011). The male has black colored penis and white colored scrotum (Geissmann et
al., 2011). The tail of this species is black and long (Geissmann et al.,
The Burmese snub-nosed monkey is found in a small area of the Salween-N'mai Hka divide in
northeastern Myanmar (Burma) (Geissmann et al., 2011).
The Burmese snub-nosed monkey will spend summers (May to October) at higher altitudes in
mixed temperate forests and conifer forests (Geissmann et al., 2011). In the winter, this
species will descend to lower altitudes where there is less snowfall (Geissmann et al.,
2011). The estimated population size for this species is about 260 individuals (Geissmann et
Geissmann, T., Lwin, N., Aung, S.S., Aung, T.N., Aung, Z.M., Hla, T.H., Grindley, M., and
Momberg, F. 2011. A new species of snub-nosed monkey, genus Rhinopithecus Milne-
Edwards, 1872 (Primates, Colobinae), from Northern Kachin State, northeastern Myanmar.
American Journal of Primatology. Vol. 73(1), 96-107.
Last Updated: January 4, 2011.
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