Germain's langur

Germain's langur (Trachypithecus germaini)[1] is a lutung native to Thailand, Burma, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam.[3][2] The Old World monkey was previously included in Trachypithecus cristatus[3] and Trachypithecus villosus.[2]

Germain's langur[1]
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Suborder: Haplorhini
Infraorder: Simiiformes
Family: Cercopithecidae
Genus: Trachypithecus
Species group: Trachypithecus cristatus group
T. germaini
Binomial name
Trachypithecus germaini
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Joint range of Germain's langur and Annamese langur

Two subspecies were recognized:[3]

  • Trachypithecus germaini germaini
  • Trachypithecus germaini caudalis

Taxonomy and Evolutionary HistoryEdit

Germain's langur is part of the leaf monkey subfamily Colobinae.[4] Two subspecies of the Germain's langur are recognized: Trachypithecus germaini germaini and Trachypithecus germaini caudalis.[4][5][6] However, the classification of the Germain's langur has been contested, with T. germaini being grouped with other species in its subfamily.[4][7] T. germaini and T. margarita were considered to be a single species, T. villosus, but morphological and genetic evidence has shown that they are distinct.[4][7][8][9] T. germaini has also been grouped with T. cristatus until recent reclassifications.[4]

T. germaini goes by several common names such as the Indochinese lutung, Germain’s langur, Germain’s silver langur, Indochinese leaf monkey, and Indochinese silvered langur.[10]


Germain's langur has black colouration on its hands and feet, as well as the upper part of its body which fades into paler grey on its underparts.[4] They have long grey tails and white hairs on its round face.[4] Their young have bright orange fur.[4]

Distribution and HabitatEdit

The limits of the distribution of Germain's langur are not well known, but they are currently found in Asia, specifically Cambodia, Vietnam, Lao PDR, Myanmar, and Thailand.[2] Populations in Vietnam are severely reduced, with few sightings in the last 50 years.[2][11] In Lao PDR, the species has no continuous range, rather multiple patches of higher relative abundance.[2][11] Its distribution in Cambodia is widespread, but its abundance will vary from common to rare.[2] In Thailand, the species is common, with many protected areas supporting large populations.[2] Germain's langur is a terrestrial arboreal species, often found in lowlands.[2] They prefer evergreen and semi-evergreen, riverine, mixed deciduous, and galley forests.[2] They are not commonly found at high elevations or hilly areas.[2]


The diet of Germain's langur is folivorous consisting of leaves, shoots, and fruits.[4][12] This diet dictates a resting period, in which they can undergo the process of rumination.[12][13]   

T. germaini, and other Asian colobines, are unsocial primates.[12][14] They have a lower affinity to social behaviour in comparison to feeding and resting which makes up the majority of their day.[12] However, T. germaini is often found in troops of 10 to 50 individuals in close social proximity.[4][12]

Predators and ThreatsEdit

Predators of lutungs, including the Germain's langur, include leopards, tigers, dholes, and large snakes.[15] A variety of small carnivores will feed on lutung young.[15]

Prevalent threats to Germain's langur include hunting, exotic pet trading, and habitat loss due to agricultural expansion.[2]

Status and ConservationEdit

T. germaini is considered endangered by the IUCN, with a greater than 50% decline in the past three generations.[2] It is listed under CITES Appendix II, meaning that trade of the species must be controlled to avoid endangerment.[2][16]

Little conservation efforts have been made, despite the species designation.[7][12] Several protected areas have been established across its range which aids in the conservation of the species. The species has been recorded in numerous protected areas in Vietnam and Thailand.[2] In Vietnam, their populations have increased in two protected areas, Phú Quốc National Park and Kiên Lương Karst Area, demonstrating the importance conservation efforts.[17]


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