Gabon Talapoin

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Animalia Primates Cercopithecidae Miopithecus Miopithecus ogouensis
Gabon Talapoin
IUCN Status: Nearly-Threatened
  • Common Name: Gabon Talapoin
  • Taxonomy Classification Year: 1997
  • Monkey Size: 25 to 40 cm (9.84 to 15.75 in)
  • Skin Color(s): Greenish-gray
  • Habitat: Forest
  • Diet: Omnivorous
  • Native Countries: Gabon, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Democratic Republic of Congo

Gabon Talapoin Distribution

Gabon Talapoin Characteristics

Gabon Talapoin

The Gabon talapoin[1], also called the northern talapoin, is a small species of African primate endemic to riverine habitats in Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Cameroon, the far western Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the western Republic of the Congo.

  • They have a greenish-gray coat that is speckled with gold spots here and there.
  • A large, light-colored bib protrudes from under their rounded snout and blends into the whitish fur on their chest.
  • The golden fur shines in extravagant patches around the brow and mouth.
  • Although they look strikingly like their Talapoin cousins ​​from southern Angola, their skin isn’t as dark.
  • This distinction is most evident in their large ears and the bald patches around their mouth and eyes. A male is distinguished only by his size, but his bluish genitalia is more revealing.

Gabon Talapoin Facts

Miopithecus Ogouensis

  • Talapoins are the smallest species of Old-World primates. They are so small that an untrained eye might mistake their agile bodies and delicate round heads for some New-World primates such as squirrel monkeys.
  • Whether they socialize, foraging for fruit, or hunting bugs, they do their business very calmly.
  • Gabon talapoins catch and eat freshwater prawns and extract African ginger roots from the ground.
  • Some research suggests that talapoin monkeys exhibit very pro-social, sometimes affectionate, behaviors toward infants and members of their pride.
  • While foraging in dense undergrowth with their troop, a female talapoin will make a short “uh” sound, which can go up or down, to let others know where she is.

Suggested Reading: All The Monkeys In The World

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Key References
  • [1]“Gabon Talapoin, Miopithecus ogouensis | New England Primate Conservancy”. Accessed September 04, 2022. Link.


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