Indian langurs are lanky, long-tailed monkeys, having bushy eyebrows and a chin tuft. They have a black face and their body color ranges from gray to dark brown to golden. The small and lean body of an Indian langur is complimented with long hands. The term langur means 'having a long tail' and the name suits the animal perfectly. The natural habitat of the langur comprises of humid forests, mangrove swamps and wooded terrains of India. In the following lines, we have provided information about the main Indian langur species:
Golden Langur, or Gee's Golden Langur, is known by the scientific name
of Trachypithecus geei. An Old World monkey, it was first noticed by the
scientific community in the 1950s only. In the Indian subcontinent,
Golden langurs are found mainly in the foothills of the Himalayas, along
the Assam-Bhutan border. The langurs are considered to be sacred by the
Himalayan people. The coat of Indian golden langurs is covered with rich
golden to bright creamish hair. The face is black and they have a very
long tail, which may measure upto 50 cm in length.
Hanuman Langur is believed to be one of the Old World monkeys,
belonging to the Semnopithecus Genus. They comprise of 15 subspecies and
are terrestrial in nature. Earlier hanuman langurs were believed to
comprise of a single species. However, now they are recognized as seven
distinct species. Hanuman langur is also known by the name of Gray
Langur, Entellus Langur and Common Indian Langur.