On the islands of Komodo - Crab-eating macaque

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On the islands of Komodo - Crab-eating macaque

Post by Dj SheepWolf » Fri Sep 05, 2014 9:00 am

Crab-eating macaque
The crab-eating macaque (Macaca fascicularis), also known as the long-tailed macaque, is a cercopithecine primate native to Southeast Asia. It is referred to as the cynomolgus monkey in laboratories.[2] It has a long history alongside humans;[7] they have been alternately seen as agricultural pests,[8] sacred animals in some temples,[9] and more recently, the subject of medical experiments.[7] The crab-eating macaque lives in matrilineal social groups with a female dominance hierarchy,[10] and male members leave the group when they reach puberty.[11] They are opportunistic omnivores [12] and have been documented using tools to obtain food in Thailand and Myanmar.[13] The crab-eating macaque is a known invasive species and a threat to biodiversity in several locations, including Hong Kong and western New Guinea.[2] The significant overlap in macaque and human living space has resulted in greater habitat loss,[7] synanthropic living, and inter- and intraspecies conflicts over resources.

Etymology
Macaca comes from the Portuguese word macaco, which was derived from makaku, a Fiot (West African language) word (kaku means monkey in Fiot).[14] The specific epithet fascicularis is Latin for a small band or stripe. Sir Thomas Raffles, who gave the animal its scientific name in 1821, did not specify what he meant by the use of this word.

In Indonesia and Malaysia, M. fascicularis and other macaque species are known generically as kera, possibly because of their high-pitched cries.[15]

The crab-eating macaque has several common names. It is often referred to as the long-tailed macaque due to its tail, which is often longer than its body.[16] The name crab-eating macaque refers to its being often seen foraging beaches for crabs. Another common name for M. fascicularis is the cynomolgus monkey, which literally means dog-skin or dog-hide monkey; this name is commonly used in laboratory settings.

Conservation status
Least Concern

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Family: Cercopithecidae
Genus: Macaca
Species: M. fascicularis

Binomial name
Macaca fascicularis

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Re: On the islands of Komodo - Crab-eating macaque

Post by Nordue » Sat Sep 06, 2014 10:33 am

  • Don't forget to cite your source of your information Dennol, since I am fairly certain that is not your own writing! The link you provided to the NatGeo picture is fine to add to your post, but you still need to add the source of your text, in the form of a link to the webpage, or the name of the website it came from. Otherwise, your post could be considered SPAM, which is against the rules of the forum: http://www.wolfquest.org/bb/viewtopic.php?f=33&t=34766.

    Please make the necessary changes to your first post when you can :).

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