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Semnopithecus Entellus, the common langur

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The common langur or Hanuman monkey is a small and elegant Old World monkey with long limbs and a very long tail as all langurs. There are five more langur species on the subcontinent, all very restricted in their distribution. They resemble each other more or less with minor specific difference. These five species belong to the genus Trachypithecus, the brow-ridged langurs or leaf monkeys and are the following: the golden langur (Trachypithecus geei) of Nepal, Bhutan and north-eastern India, the capped langur (T. pileatus) of Assam and Bangladesh, the Nilgiri langur (T. johni) of south-western India, Phayre's langur (T. phayrei) of eastern Assam and Bangladesh, and the purple-faced leaf monkey (T. vetulus) of Sri Lanka. Commonly, Hanuman stone statues depict the monkey-god in a peaceful posture, standing or sitting with folded hands (namaskaramudra), much like the modern concrete and fibre glass statues.

Keywords: Hanuman monkey; langur; Trachypithecus geei



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