Crab Eating Macaque of Biological Park in Port Blair – Andaman Tech

The crab-eating macaque, also known as the long-tailed macaque, is a cercopithecine primate native to South Asia. Crab Eating Macaque is one of most ferocious and largest mammals found on the Islands. Blanford, one of the earlier zoologists to document the wildlife of the Islands, was of option, without assigning reasons, that the Macaque was introduced on Great Nicobar where it is found. 

There is nothing to support this, unless it be that it is the only anthropoid primate found. Nothing supports the general belief that Macaque eats crabs either-it is habitually arboreal, and through it has been seen near the cost foraging for food at low tide, it appears by all empirical accounts to be living off wild fruits and bananas than crabs. The Nicobar long-tailed macaque (Macaca fascicularis umbrosa, popularly known as the (Nicobar monkey) is a subspecies of the crab-eating macaque (M. fascicularis), endemic to the Nicobar Islands in the Bay of Bengal.


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