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|At the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary in Ubud, we came upon many, many monkeys. This youngster was horsing around with his peers when I happened to catch him in this amusing pose! |
Also known as Crab-eating Macaques
Long tailed or crab eating macaques (Macaca fascicularis) are found in southeast Asia from Burma to the Philippines and southward through Indochina, Malaysia, and Indonesia. They are found as far east as the Timor Islands.
Long-tailed macaques are "ecologically diverse." Some of the habitats in which they have been found are primary forests, disturbed and secondary forests, and riverine and coastal forests of nipa palm and mangrove. Long-tailed macaques live most successfully in disturbed habitats and on the periphery of forests.
Males reach sexual maturity at approximately 6 years of age, whereas females mature by about 4 years of age. Higher-ranking females become reproductively mature before lower-ranking females. The offspring of these higher-ranking females have a greater chance of survival than do the offspring of lower-ranking females. Both of these phenomena are related to the greater food availability and decreased amount of aggression experienced by the higher ranking females.
Female long-tailed macaques show a conspicuous cyclicity of sexual behavior during their menstrual cycle. As they approach ovulation, females experience a swelling of the skin in the perineal region. However, there has been no direct correlation between the frequency of copulation and the degree of swelling of genital tissues. This concealment of ovulation could exist in order to persuade consorting males to stay with females longer.
As a side effect of the prolonged estrus period and concealment of ovulation, it is difficult for humans to estimate the length of gestation. However, it seems likely that the gestation averages approximately 162 days. The average interbirth intervasl is approximately 390 days, indicating that females can produce young each year if high ranking, and every other year otherwise.
Young are nursed until they are approximately 420 days of age. The average interbirth interval is reported to be 390 days, which is less than the average time until weaning. Both the length of nursing and the interbirth interval may be affected by the rank of the mother.
It is known that the births in this species peak from May to July, corresponding with the rainy season.
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- [2008-09-11 21:40]
Excellent capture of this little fellow, the expression on the face is priceless, superb detail, just beautiful, tfs
Cheers Rick :)
I had to giggle when I saw this facial expression and the action you photographed here. I think this monkey progressed to the fig leave stage and was very aware of his state of exposure. At least he had his hair done before the shoot. Well spotted. Rehanna.
- [2008-09-11 23:01]
Wonderful shot of this young and naughty one with a fantastic flying kiss action. Absolutely marvellous expression on its face and a great pose captured with good use of flash lighting. Very neat and sharp image portraying the funny side of things. Thanks for sharing this fine image.
- [2008-09-12 21:14]
Hello manyee, This is classic shot. What a view. I somehow see this a different shot from many shots I have seen in TN. Well done Ganesh
- [2008-09-17 6:26]
very interestinc image
Excellent capture of this little fellow
- [2008-09-23 3:40]
Hey, did the little Emperor escape? (Ok, sorry, bad joke.)
Actually, if this little guy lived in South Africa I would have suspected that he sniffed some powerful glue or maybe he had some malpitte for breakfast. What a comical expression. Seems like this monkey could be conscious of self and therefore taking care that the TrekNature community does not see more than what it is supposed to see. After all, it is a family site.
You have captured a humorous and excellent pose from the little Macague and I for one definitively appreciate and enjoyed the image. Good usage of the fill-in flash to bring light to all the darker areas as well and excellent details captured of the subject.
Good work MF and TFS.
this wonderful and entertaining... perfect timing =)
- [2008-10-23 16:41]
Looks like he needs some privacy!! LOL Great shot.