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Big red monkey butt

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Published on Mar 1, 2013

Mother macaque walks on a wall as her baby follows her in Delhi, India.

Macaques have red butts to attract the opposite sex. Generally, females have larger, brighter red bums to attract males. Also, they donโ€™t have them all of the time. In female macaques its easy to find whether they are fertile โ€“ a big red bum means they can get pregnant and if they don't have a big swollen bum, then they canโ€™t!

The rhesus macaque (Macaca mulatta), also called the rhesus monkey, is one of the best-known species of Old World monkeys. It is listed as Least Concern in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, and its tolerance of a broad range of habitats. Native to South, Central and Southeast Asia, troops of Macaca mulatta inhabit a great variety of habitats from grasslands to arid and forested areas, but also close to human settlements.

The rhesus macaque is brown or grey in color and has a pink face, which is bereft of fur. Its tail is of medium length and averages between 20.7 and 22.9 cm (8.1 and 9.0 in). Adult males measure approximately 53 cm (21 in) on average and weigh about 7.7 kg (17 lb). Females are smaller, averaging 47 cm (19 in) in length and 5.3 kg (12 lb) in weight. Rhesus macaques have on average 50 vertebrae. Their intermembral index (ratio of arms to legs) is 89%. They have dorsal scapulae and a wide rib cage.

The rhesus macaque has 32 teeth with a dental formula of 2.1.2.3/2.1.2.3 and bilophodont molars. The upper molars have four cusps: paracone, metacone, protocone and hypocone. The lower molars also have four cusps: metaconid, protoconid, hypoconid and entoconid.

Source - http://animalj13.imascientist.org.uk/ & Wikipedia

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