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Proboscis Monkey
Portrait of a Proboscis Monkey

Kingdom:

Animalia

Phylum:

Chordate

Class:

Mammalia

Order:

Primates

Family:

Old World monkey

Subfamily:

Colobinae

Genus:

Nasalis
É. Geoffroy, 1812

Species:

N. larvatus

The proboscis monkey (Nasalis larvatus) or long-nosed monkey, known as the bekantan in Malay, is a reddish-brown arboreal Old World monkey that is endemic to the south-east Asian island of Borneo. It belongs in the monotypic genus Nasalis, although the pig-tailed langur has traditionally also been included in this genus – a treatment still preferred by some.[3]

The monkey also goes by the Malay name monyet belanda ("Dutch monkey"), or even orang belanda ("Dutchman"), as Indonesians remarked that the Dutch colonisers often had similarly large bellies and noses.

This species of monkey is easily identifiable because of its unusually large nose.

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