About White Cheeked Macaque (Macaca leucogenys)–
- The white-cheeked macaque is a species of macaque and it lives in forest habitats, from tropical forests to primary and secondary evergreen broad-leaved forests and mixed broadleaf-conifer forests
- It is one of twenty-three extant species in the genus Macaca, and the most recent to be formally described to science.
- It was first discovered in China (Modog in Southeastern Tibet) in 2015, its existence was not known in India before this recent discovery of its presence in the remote Anjaw district in central Arunachal Pradesh.
- Both the Arunachal macaque as well as the White Cheeked Macaque exist in the same biodiversity hotspot in the eastern Himalayas.
- Along with White-Cheeked Macaques and Arunachal Macaque the other species of Macaques are Assamese Macaque (Macaca assamensis) and Rhesus Macaque (Macaca mulatta) reported from the same landscape.
- White- Cheeked Macaques are distinct from other macaques found in the region by displaying white cheeks, long and thick hairs on the neck area, and a longer tail.
- The latest discovery, takes India’s mammal count from 437 to 438.
- The White Cheeked Macaque has distinct white cheeks, long and thick hair on the neck and a longer tail than other Macaque species.
- It is the last mammal to have been discovered in Southeast Asia.