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Japanese macaque

Macaca fuscata


A group of Japanese macaques in the Shirakami Sanchi, natural world heritage site in Aomori prefecture. Also commonly known as Japanese monkeys or snow monkeys, these monkeys are adapted to surviving harsh winters and are in fact the most northern dwelling non-human primates in the world.


Forests and mountainous areas. These macaques live in one of the northern most habitats for their species.


Note the presence of dermal melanocytosis or "Mongolian blue spots" on the belly and chest of the young macaque being groomed.

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pamsai 10 years ago

Please consider adding your Japanese spottings to my newly created mission, Biodiversity of Central Japan. Thanks...

Olivia Chee
Olivia Chee 10 years ago

Nice shot!

YukoChartraw 11 years ago

A nice family portrait! Interesting note about the Mongolian blue spots.

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弘前市 (Hirosaki), Japan

Spotted on Jun 2, 2012
Submitted on Jun 6, 2012

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