Toque Macaque

Toque Macaque

The Toque Macaque (Macaca sinica) is a reddish-brown coloured Old World monkey endemic to Sri Lanka, where it is locally known as the 'Rilewa' (hence 'Rillow' in the Oxford English Dictionary). It is named for the Toque shaped whorl of hair on its head, rather like the bonnet of the related Bonnet Macaque.

It lives in troops, sometimes numbering up to 20, and has developed into three subspecies. It has a head and body length of , a tail length of and can weigh up to .

Troops of the Toque Macaque are a common sight in The Cultural Triangle, where many ancient temples are situated, hence earning them the nickname of "Temple Monkey".

There are two subspecies of Toque Macaque that have been described:


  • Listed as Vulnerable (VU A1c v2.3)

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