Crested Mona Monkey

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Animalia Primates Cercopithecidae Cercopithecus Cercopithecus pogonias
Crested Mona Monkey
IUCN Status: Nearly-Threatened
  • Common Name: Crested Mona Monkey
  • Taxonomy Classification Year: 1833
  • Monkey Size: 32 to 53 cm (12.5 to 21 in)
  • Skin Color(s): Brown
  • Habitat: Forest, rainforest
  • Diet: Omnivorous
  • Native Countries: Nigeria, Cameroon, Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo

Crested Mona Monkey Distribution

Crested Mona Monkey Characteristics

Crested Mona Monkey

The crested mona monkey[1], also called the golden-bellied monkey, golden-bellied guenon, or crowned guenon, is a species of African primate in the Cercopithecidae family in west-central Africa.

  • Although sexually dimorphic in size, males and females display similar coloration and patterning.
  • Its brown fur is mottled with gray, and the undersides of its arms, legs, and base of the tail are all black.
  • The belly rump and inside of the legs are golden yellow. Their faces are mostly gray or dark blue, with a pink snout covered in white hair.
  • The hair surrounding the face is yellow, with broad black streaks running from the side of the eyes to the temples and down the middle of the forehead.
  • This creates a small ridge that gives the crowned monkeys their alternate common name.

What Do Crested Mona Monkeys Eat?

The Crested Mona Monkey nourishes on[¶]:

  • African Nutmeg (Pycnanthus angolensis).
  • Butter Tree (Pentadesma butyracea).
  • Boleko Nut (Ongokea gore).
  • African Oil Palm (Elaeis guineensis).
  • African Teak (Milicia excelsa).
  • Trichilia (Trichilia)
  • Tallow Tree (Allanblackia floribunda).
  • Umbrella-Tree (Maesopsis)
  • Emien (Alstonia boonei)
  • Raffia Palm (Raphia)
  • Boarwood (Symphonia globulifera)
  • Tropical Almond (Terminalia)
  • Moambé Jaune (Annickia chlorantha).
  • Treebind (Cissus)
  • Velvet Tamarind (Dialium guineense).
  • Aframomum (Aframomum)
  • Inoi Nut (Poga oleosa).
  • African Mammee-Apple (Mammea africana).
  • Djave (Baillonella toxisperma)
  • Fig (Ficus)
  • Red-Fruited Stinkwood (Celtis mildbraedii).
  • Olon Tendre (Zanthoxylum heitzii).
  • Rattan Palm (Eremospatha macrocarpa).
  • Umbrella Tree (Musanga cecropioides).
  • Callingcard Vine (Entada)
  • Chinese Banyan (Ficus thonningii).
  • Leaf Flower (Phyllanthus)
  • Mahogany (Afzelia)

Crested Mona Monkey Facts

What Do Crested Capuchins Eat Velvet Tamarind?

  • Like many species of Cercopithecus, the crested mona monkey has large cheek pouches that it fills with seeds and fruit while foraging for food.
  • Males have a distinctive blue scrotum, which scientists believe is vital for attracting mates.
  • While resting, monkeys often intertwine their tails and engage in a ritualized head display.
  • Both females and males have vocal sacs that can be inflated to produce loud calls over a distance.
  • Female crowned monkeys do not display signs of estrus swelling, which usually indicates the females are ready to mate.

Suggested Reading: Types of Monkeys

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Key References
  • [1]“ADW: Cercopithecus pogonias: CLASSIFICATION”. Accessed August 27, 2022. Link.
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