The Toque Macaque

17th July 2010

The Toque Macaque is a reddish-brown coloured Old World monkey endemic to Sri Lanka.


The Toque Macaque Monkey lives in troops which contain up to 20 individuals. This species of monkey is a full species, however, it has developed into three subspecies.


Troops of the Toque Macaque are a common sight in The Cultural Triangle, where many ancient temples are situated, hence earning them the nick name of 'Temple Monkey'.


The other two subspecies of Toque Macaque that have been described are Dryzone Toque Macaque (Macaca sinica sinica) and Wetzone Toque Macaque (Macaca sinica aurifrons).

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