Capped langur

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Capped langur[1]
'tenebricus' Capped Langur from Manas Tiger Reserve, India
'tenebricus' Capped Langur from Manas Tiger Reserve, India
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Suborder: Haplorhini
Infraorder: Simiiformes
Family: Cercopithecidae
Genus: Trachypithecus
T. pileatus
Binomial name
Trachypithecus pileatus
(Blyth, 1843)
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Capped langur range

The capped langur (Trachypithecus pileatus) is a species of primate in the family Cercopithecidae. It is found in Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, and Myanmar.[3] Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical dry forests. It is threatened by habitat loss.[2] They are arboreal and gregarious by nature. A herd of capped langur consists of 2 to 14 langurs led by a brawny male langur. They are herbivorous, ingesting leaves, twigs, buds and fruits.

There are four recognized subspecies of this lutung:[1]

  • Trachypithecus pileatus pileatus
  • Trachypithecus pileatus durga
  • Trachypithecus pileatus brahma
  • Trachypithecus pileatus tenebricus

A study of their diet in winter found that they spend nearly 40% of the day time feeding on leaves, flowers and fruits. Leaves contributed nearly 60% of the diet and they foraged on as many as 43 different plant species.[4]


  1. ^ a b Groves, C.P. (2005). Wilson, D.E.; Reeder, D.M. (eds.). Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.). Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 177. ISBN 0-801-88221-4. OCLC 62265494.
  2. ^ a b Das, J.; Molur, S. & Bleisch, W. (2008). "Trachypithecus pileatus". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2008: e.T22041A9350087. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2008.RLTS.T22041A9350087.en.
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  4. ^ Solanki GS, Kumar A, Sharma BK (2008). "Winter food selection and diet composition of capped langur (Trachypithecus pileatus) in Arunachal Pradesh, India". Tropical Ecology. 49 (2): 157–166.