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Macaca arctoides | Stump-tailed Macaque


Good spot: Wat Khuha Santayaram (Wat Tham Khao Daeng), Nakhon Si Thammarat Province, Thailand




Macaca arctoides is a monotypic species (no subspecies).



Cambodia, southwestern China (Guangdong, Guangxi, Guizhou, and Yunnan provinces), northeastern India (Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, and Tripura provinces), Lao PDR, northwestern Peninsular Malaysia, northern Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam.


It was formerly found in eastern Bangladesh, but may now be extinct there.


The species has been introduced to Hong Kong.


IUCN Conservation Status



Seeing this Species


Wat Khuha Santayaram (Wat Tham Khao Daeng), Nakhon Si Thammarat Province, Thailand

"At least two groups of stump-tailed macaques and a group of long-tailed macaques [live] in the adjacent forested hills and [visit] the temple grounds daily" [1]. For such an elusive species, this sounds like a great opportunity!

Probability of success: ◆ ◆ ◆ ◆ ◆ 


Overlapping species: Long-tailed Macaque


Other sites:

Phu Khiao Wildlife Sanctuary, Chaiyaphum Province, Thailand

There are 7 taxa of primates here! But it is reportedly difficult to see the Stump-tailed Macaque.


Overlapping species: White-handed Gibbon (Hylobates lar); Assamese Macaque (Macaca assamensis); Northern Pig-tailed Macaque (M. leonina); Rhesus Macaque (M. mulatta); Bengal Slow Loris (Nycticebus bengalensis); Indochinese Grey Langur (Trachypithecus crepusculus)



Local contacts:


[1] de la O C. et al. 2013. Reconciliation in male stump-tailed macaques (Macaca arctoides): intolerant males care for their social relationships. Ethology 119: 39–51.



Page Last Updated: 29 September 2018

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