Acta Univ. Agric. Silvic. Mendelianae Brun. 2015, 63, 1105-1109
Published online 2015-09-02

Aggressive Behavior of Phayre’s Leaf Monkeys Towards Domestic Dogs in Cachar District of Assam, India

Mitrajit Deb1, Pinaki Adhikary2, Petr Sláma3, Zdeněk Havlíček3, Petr Řezáč3, Parimal C. Bhattacharjee4, Shubhadeep Roychoudhury1

1Department of Life Science & Bioinformatics, Assam University, Silchar 788011, India
2Institutional Biotech Hub, BirjharaMahavidyalaya, Bongaigaon 783380, Assam, India
3Department of Animal Morphology, Physiology and Genetics, Mendel University in Brno, Zemědělská 1, 613 00 Brno, Czech Republic
4Wildlife Trust of India, Pandu Port Road, Anandanagar, Guwahati 781012, India

Phayre’s leaf-monkeys (Trachipithecus phayrei) or Phayre’s langurs are old world monkeys that inhabit South-East Asian tropical forests. The species is under a severe threat due to large scale habitat destruction and disturbances by people living near the habitat of langurs. The present study recorded the aggressive behavior of male langurs towards domestic dogs in the Cachar district of Assam. Response of each member in the troop was observed. The sophisticated behavior of males in safeguarding the weaker members was observed. In conclusion, the harassment by domestic dogs may result in the expulsion of Phayre’s langurs from their native habitat.


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