410. A Most Unique Monkey
|Copyright: Radu Xplorator (Xplorator)
|Date Taken: 2006-08|
|Camera: Nikon CP 8800|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2006-10-22 5:00|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|My serie of unusual animals continue: its not hard at all to see why... Just take a look at this primate and we all agree her nose is spectacular in size; mine is longer however, if I count as primate, she lost :). |
This is a primate that is specifically but not uniquely Indonesian, populating the mangrove jungles and lowland rainforests of Borneo Island, the proboscis monkey Nasalis larvatus or as the locals call it monyet belanda. This particular individual is the alpha male of a pack of about dozen, by far the largest, a true hulk compared to the rest, he was an absolute pleasure to watch mastering its herd. (Hey, can I get David Attenborough or Sean Connery to say this with an accent?).
This elusive monkey belongs to the Asian langurs. They are the only member of the Nasalis genus.
The proboscis monkey gets its name from its large, fleshy nose. Both males and females have the large noses. Female noses are not as large, although larger than most monkeys, and juveniles have small upturned noses. The male's are so large that they hang down over their mouths, reminding one of the old comic, Jimmy Durante. Sometimes they have to push it out of the way before putting something in their mouth. Their noses swell and turn red when they become excited or angry. They also make loud honking sounds as a warning when they sense danger, which make their noses stand out straight. The nose acts as a resonator when the monkey vocalizes.
Another obvious characteristic of proboscis monkeys are their large pot bellies. Proboscis monkeys are colobine monkeys and they have a unique digestive system that allows them to use leaves as their main food supply. Twice as large as any other colobine monkey, their stomachs are divided into compartments and filled with cellulose digesting bacteria. The bacteria help digest the leaves and neutralize toxins in the certain leaves. Their stomach contents make up one quarter of their body weight, and make them look permanently pregnant.
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- [2006-10-22 6:01]
Hi Radu, what a strange looking monkey this is. And the colourings are quite different too. Actually, I think it looks quite sad. very interesting notes too. Very new to me. TFS
Thats one freaky looking monkey.
I've seen these Proboscis monkeys before,probably with David Attenborough doing the commentary too.
I wonder how they get about in the trees with their stomachs being as big as they are.
Guess they just hang around on the ground.
Excellent post man.
- [2006-10-22 18:49]
I love these monkeys, Radu.
I have seen them at the zoo, and I have been duly impressed with their big noses. You captured this one with excellent details and light.
I like the beautiful browns of his fur.
TFS. : )
- [2006-11-11 20:15]
Hiya Radu, great shots of of this proboscis, I know how hard it is to find and photograph these monkeys from my trip to Bako National Park in Sarawak, really like the hand and foot detail, did you have to climb a tree to get this or was he in the mangroves? Interesting capture!