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Researchers find White-Cheeked Macaque in Arunachal Pradesh

A team of researchers from the Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) have recorded the presence of White-Cheeked Macaque (Macaca leucogenys) from central Arunachal Pradesh of West Siang district. With this new discovery a new addition of mammals of India.

The species was discovered in 2015 by a group of Chinese scientists from the Modog region in southeastern Tibet and are considered to be a significant breakthrough in terms of primates. The White- Cheeked Macaques differs from other macaques found in the region as it has white cheeks, long and thick hairs on the neck area and a longer tail. 

In India, the species has not been sighted or reported again after a single incidence of photographic capture from Anjaw district, Arunachal Pradesh in 2015.

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