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Discussion in 'Italy' started by Maguari, 19 Oct 2009.

  1. Maguari

    Maguari Never could get the hang of Thursdays. Premium Member

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    Put this in the gallery but thought I'd drop it in here as well.

    I visited Bioparco last week and spotted two macaques in an off-show-but-visible exhibit between the mangabeys and mandrills.

    Remembering the Assam Macaques from my 2003 visit my zoo-sense was tingling, so I made sure I got a photo. Checking ISIS, except for the 80-plus group of Japanese Macaques on their rock, the zoo is listed as holding:

    0.1 Assam Macaque (Macaca assamensis)
    0.1 Northern Pig-tailed Macaque (Macaca leonina)

    Now, the Assam-typical slightly orange/golden colouration of the left-hand animal in the photo and the flattened facial features of the right-hand animal would suggest that these are those two animals, which if so makes this only my second time of seeing Assam and my very first of seeing Northern Pig-tailed (as opposed to the slightly more often-kept Southern, M. nemestrina).

    Is anyone able to confirm these IDs are correct? I'm particularly intrigued to know if this is really a Northern rather than Southern Pig-tailed (not sure I trust ISIS alone as a source for this!).

    Photo here: http://www.zoochat.com/701/macaques-bioparco-rome-15-10-09-a-111871/
     
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  2. colobus

    colobus Well-Known Member

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    Yes, this is the last of several Macaca leonina living in Rome in the 1980's. They were incidentally compared with Macaca nemestrina in a paper I published in the Journal
    Hystrix It. J. Mamm. in 2001.
    There were also five M. assamensis in the past, including possibly one M. assamensis pelops.
     
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  3. Maguari

    Maguari Never could get the hang of Thursdays. Premium Member

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    Wow - that's what I call an authoritative answer! :)

    Thanks colobus - that's exactly what I wanted to know.
     
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