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Two Wolf Guenons (Cercopithecus wolfi)


Joined September 2008

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Guenons, the largest group of African primates, are very colorful. Their color is used in intraspecific communication for recognizing individuals, species, and potential mates. Wolf’s Mona Monkey is dark grey with a red “saddle” on its back. The pelage depends on the subspecies. C. wolfi wolfi has a chestnut-colored patch on the middle of its back. Its arms are black and legs are red. It has a yellow underside, occasionally with an orange stripe down its flanks. Its cheek whiskers are yellow, speckled with black, and its ear tufts are red. C. wolfi elegans has a back which is gradually browner towards the rump. Its forearms are black, and its upper arms have a pale speckling.Its legs are light gray, while its underside is white.Its cheek whiskers are white, with dark speckling that increases near the base. Its ear tufts are white.The male’s scrotum is blue. Wolf’s Mona Monkey is also sexually dimorphic in size. Males weigh, on average, almost twice as much as females (4.5 kg and 2.5 kg respectively). Its small size makes it susceptible to predators, especially the Crowned Eagle and the Leopard.

These are Wolf Guenons (Cercopithecus wolfi), who I saw in Bronx Zoo, New York, in year 2008.

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