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What Is The Scientific Name Of Philippine Long-Tailed Macaque?

SCIENTIFIC NAME OF PHILIPPINE LONG-TAILED MACAQUE – We are going to know the scientific name of this type of species of macaque.

SCIENTIFIC NAME OF PHILIPPINE LONG-TAILED MACAQUE
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It is a subspecies of the crab-eating macaque in the Old World monkey family Cercopithecidae. It is known as matching, matsing or unggoy.

The macaque is endemic to the Philippine forests and woodlands, as well as in the mangrove forests of western central Philippines. Moreover, it can be found in all major Philippine island groups.

It falls under the Near Threatened category in the IUCN Red List.

It has a reddish-brown coat and a tail with an average length of 50 to 60 centimeter or 1.6 to 2.0 feet. The macaques also can reach a height of 40 to 50 centimeters or 16 to 20 inches.

Scientific Name

The trinomial name of Philippine long-tailed macaque is Macaca fascicularis philippensis.

Macaca is a genus of macaques in the Old World monkey family Cercopithecidae. It comes from the Portuguese word macaco, which was derived from makaku, an word in Ibinda, which is derived from kaku, which means ‘monkey‘.

The specific epithet fascicularis, on the other hand, is the Latin term for a ‘small band‘ or ‘stripe‘; while its subspecies name philippensis, means ‘of Philippines‘, depicting its location in the Philippines.

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