The newly discovered mammal has prominent pale-to-white side and chin whiskers, which gives the mammal a white cheek and round facial appearance giving it its name
Wildlife conservation organisation Aaranyak has confirmed that a new species of primate called the White Cheeked Macaque has been spotted in Arunachal Pradesh by a group of wildlife photographers. The new species of mammals were first spotted at the Anjaw district in the north-eastern state by a team of wildlife photographers led by Dr Ranjan Kumar Das, Udayan Borthakur and Dr Dilip Chetry. The team was guided by bird spotter Binanda Hatibarua.
The photographs were taken by the team showing the characteristic difference of White Cheeked Macaque or Macaca leucogenys with other Macaques such as Rhesus Macaque, Arunachal Macaque, Tibetan Macaque and Assamese Macaque.
The White Cheeked Macaque has relatively uniform dorsal hair, hairy ventral pelage, relatively hairless short tail. It also has prominent pale-to-white side and chin whiskers, which gives the mammal a white cheek and round facial appearance giving it its name.