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31 Oct

Gray Hanuman Langur

Gray Hanuman Langur

A troop of Gray langurs (Semnopithecus entellus) with their pelage (fur or hair) coloured blue was spotted in an industrial neighbourhood of Ankleshwar in Gujarat.

Key Points

  • About: 
    • Also called Hanuman, Langur, named after the Hindu god, Hanuman.  
      • Its 16 subspecies’ range extends from the Himalayas in the north to peninsular India in the south.
    • It is grey washed with buff or silvery shades. Their hands and feet are black and they have long tails for balancing on tree limbs.
  • Habitat:
    • It is found both in forests and near human habitations.
    • They inhabit areas between 2,200-4,000 metres above mean sea level in the subtropical, tropical moist temperate, alpine, coniferous and broadleaved forests and scrublands.
  • Distribution:
    • It is distributed in a varied habitat including dry savannah and tropical rainforests.
    • In the Indian Subcontinent, their distribution is reported in Bhutan, northern India and Nepal.
  • Threat:
    • Deforestation, Mining and Pollution.
  • Protection Status:
    • IUCN Red List: Least Concern
    • CITES: Appendix-I
    • Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 : Schedule-I

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