Central African Red Colobus

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Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Animalia Primates Cercopithecidae Piliocolobus Piliocolobus foai
IUCN Status: Endangered
  • Common Name: Central African Red Colobus
  • Taxonomy Classification Year: 1899
  • Monkey Size: 50 to 69 cm (20 to 27 in)
  • Skin Color(s): Red and black
  • Habitat: Forests
  • Diet: Herbivorous
  • Native Countries: Democratic Republic of Congo

Foa’s Red Colobus Distribution

Foa’s Red Colobus Characteristics

Foa’s red colobus[1] or Central African red colobus is endemic to the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

  • The Red Foa Colobus has long black and red fur on its head and back with light-colored underparts.
  • Males have a body length excluding a tail of between 50 and 69 centimeters (20 and 27 in) with a tail between 62 and 67 centimeters (24 and 26 in) long.
  • Males typically weigh between 9 and 13 kilograms (20 and 29 pounds), and females typically weigh between 7 and 9 kilograms (15 and 20 pounds).
  • It has smaller teeth than most other red colobus species.

Foa’s Red Colobus Facts

  • Red Colobus Foa monkeys are incredibly agile, moving through trees on all fours or by brachiation.
  • This primate is arboreal and diurnal. They are found in all layers of the tree canopy, from ground level to layer 5.
  • Generally, Red Colobus Foas Monkeys are found in large groups of 20 to 90 individuals.
  • The name Colobus is derived from the Greek word colobe, meaning “crippled” because they do not have full thumbs.
  • Juveniles display a pinkish genital swelling, much like an adult female, to avoid confrontation with older, more prominent, and probably more muscular males in the group.

Suggested Reading: Monkey Species

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Key References
  • [1]“Piliocolobus foai, Foa’s Red Colobus”. Accessed November 26, 2022. Link.


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