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Tarai Gray Langur
Semnopithecus hector
Information
Range Bhutan, northern India and Nepal, where they inhabit the Himalayan foothills from Rajaji National Park to southwestern Bhutan.
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Mammalia
Order Primates
Family Cercopithecidae
Genus Semnopithecus
Species Semnopithecus hector
Conservation Status
NTSpecies
Near Threatened

The Tarai gray langur (Semnopithecus hector), is a species of gray langur, and was formerly considered a subspecies of the Northern plains gray langur. The species is listed as Near Threatened, as there are probably not many more than 10,000 mature individuals, and it is experiencing a continuing decline.

It is one of several Semnopithecus species named after characters from The Iliad, along with the Kashmir gray langur and Tufted gray langur.

Distribution and Habitat

Tarai gray langurs are native to Bhutan, northern India and Nepal, where they inhabit the Himalayan foothills from Rajaji National Park to southwestern Bhutan. They live in the moist deciduous forest of the Siwaliks, to oak forest in higher altitudes ranging from 150 to 1,600 m (490 to 5,250 ft) in elevation.

Ecology and Behavior

Tarai gray langurs are arboreal, mainly terrestrial, diurnal, folivorous, and occur in multi-male multi-female groups. They have been observed feeding in orchards and crop fields outside of Rajaji National Park.

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