Black-Shanked Douc Langur

Pygathrix nigripes

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Black-Shanked Douc Langur

DESCRIPTION

Weighing between 8 and 10 kilogram, males are slightly larger than females that weigh from 6-8 kilogram. Body hair is grey, the arms are grey to black and hands, feet and legs are black. The face is bluish with large yellow eye rings, very different to that have the Black-Shanked and Grey-shanked Doucs. A black band of fur frames the face and extends down the side of the head and down the shoulders. The tail is the longest of the Douc species at 66-84 centimeter.

GEOGRAPHIC RANGE

The Black-Shanked Douc Langur is found in southern Vietnam and Eastern Cambodia. In Vietnam, the total population is not known and subpopulations are fragmented.

HABITAT AND ECOLOGY

The primary habitat for this species is a broadleaf evergreen forest; with other known habitats including mixed deciduous, dry deciduous dipterocarp, mixed bamboo forests, and coastal dry forests. Predominantly folivorous, they also consume fruit and flowers depending on the season. The species is arboreal and diurnal and live in single male, multiple female groups. On occasion, these groups come together to form fission-fusion associations of up to 50 individuals.

THREATS

Hunting for traditional medicine and subsistence is the main threat to this species, although they are also hunted to a lesser extent for the pet trade.

STATUS AND CONSERVATION

In Vietnam, the species is listed as Endangered in the 2007 Vietnam Red Data Book and is protected by law under Decree 32/2006 ND-CP: 1B. 

CITES Appendix I

This species is threatened with extinction and international trade is permitted only in exceptions circumstances.

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