Species Details

@Md Shalauddin, Jagannath University, Dhaka

Rhesus Macaque Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Macaca mulatta
Family : Cercopithecidae
Order : Primates
Class : Mammalia
Phylum : Chordata
Habitat : Forest, Savanna, Shrubland
Description : Rhesus Macaques are medium-sized primates, weighing between 5 and 25 kg (11 to 55 lb) and measuring 40 to 70 cm (16 to 28 in) in length.

They have a short, brown or gray coat with a pinkish face, long tail, and a distinctive red, crescent-shaped patch on their hindquarters.

Rhesus Macaques are highly social animals and live in large groups, called troops, that can number in the hundreds. They are active during the day and spend much of their time grooming each other to strengthen social bonds.

They are omnivores, feeding on a wide range of foods including fruits, seeds, insects, and small vertebrates.

Rhesus Macaques can be found in a variety of habitats, including forests, grasslands, and urban areas. They are adaptable and can live in both tropical and temperate environments.

Females typically give birth to a single offspring after a gestation period of around 165 days. Young are weaned after 6 to 12 months, and reach sexual maturity between 3 and 5 years of age.

Rhesus Macaques are widely used in biomedical research due to their similarity to humans in terms of physiology and behavior. They have been used in studies of infectious diseases, neurobiology, and drug development, among other fields.
Distribution in Bangladesh
description written by: Asad U. Tanvir, Department of Zoology, Jagannath University, Dhaka; reviewed by: Muntasir Akash, Department of Zoology, University of Dhaka; Taxonomic Checklist: Red List of Bangladesh Volume 2: Mammals, 2015, IUCN; information sources: iucnredlist.org, Khan 2018 (Photographic guide to the wildlife of Bangladesh); photo credit: Md Shalauddin (Jagannath University, Dhaka), photo copyright: iNaturalist. For more information please contact with us.