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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Primates
Family:Cercopithecidae
Genus:Macaca
Genus species:Macaca mulatta

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:47-64 cm
Weight:5.4-7.7 kg
Identification:The rhesus macaque has a brown coat with paler undersides. Its face and rump are red and naked.
Habitat:Forests, urban areas
Diet:Omnivore: fruit, berries, grains, leaves, buds, seeds, flowers, bark, small invertebrates and vertebrates, eggs
Reproduction:The gestation period for these monkeys is 166 days long. Births occur between February and May or September and October. Usually only one offspring is born, but twins do occasionally occur. Babies are weaned at one year of age.
Rhesus macaques gather in groups of 8-180 members.
Behavior:Time is spent on both the ground and in the trees. Most activity occurs during the daylight hours.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:Rhesus macaques like to enter the water and are agile swimmers. In India where love of animals is part of the religion, these monkeys have very successfully adapted to man's civilization.

Other Information

Geographic:Southern Asia
Southeastern Asia
Date:1966-02 Subjects:Rhesus monkey
primate
monkey
Rhesus macaque
Macaques
Cercopithecidae
Monkeys
Primates
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata