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Distribution and current status of long-tailed macaques (Macaca fascicularis aurea) in Myanmar
- We have collected data on the distribution and status of local groups and habitat conditions of long-tailed macaques (Macaca fascicularis aurea) throughout Myanmar using interviews, pet observation, and direct field surveys from July, 2004 to March 2009. The long-tailed macaque was found to be distributed along Myanmar’s coastal regions from its northwestern border (21˚N) near Bangladesh to its southernmost border (9˚58’N) near Thailand. The Rakhine and southern Tanintharyi biogeographical regions are major ranges, and the Ayeyarwady Delta, Bago Yoma, and the northern Tanintharyi regions appear to have suffered extensive population losses. The national population of Myanmar long-tailed macaques in 2009 was estimated to be between 11,130 and 107,900 individuals. Habitat loss from logging, agricultural and aquacultural farming, and hunting for food and trading are current threats to long-tailed macaque populations in Myanmar. As a result, the population may be declining and becoming fragmented and conservation, and management programs will be therefore be necessary to maintain a viable population.
Aye Mi San
- Book chapter
- Monkeys on the Edge: Ecology and Management of Long-Tailed Macaques and their Interface with Humans, Cambridge University Press