Gray Cheeked Mangabey

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Animalia Primates Cercopithecidae Lophocebus Lophocebus albigena
Gray-cheeked Mangabey
IUCN Status: Vulnerable
  • Common Name: Gray-cheeked Mangabey
  • Taxonomy Classification Year: 1850
  • Monkey Size: 43 to 73 cm (17 to 29 in)
  • Skin Color(s): Gray or Blackish Gray
  • Habitat: Forest, rainforest
  • Diet: Omnivorous
  • Native Countries: Nigeria, Uganda, Cameroon, Gabon

Gray-cheeked Mangabey Distribution

Gray-Cheeked Mangabey Characteristics

Gray Cheeked Mangabey

The gray-cheeked mangabey[1] (Lophocebus albigena), also called the white-cheeked mangabey, is an Old World monkey found in the forests of central Africa.

  • The gray-cheeked mangabey is a sizeable arboreal primate with gray and often whitish cheeks.
  • Their long, lanky bodies are dark or black gray. L.a. albigena, a nominate subspecies, typically has a black spot on the nape and withers (the area between the shoulder blades).
  • The hair on their head is scruffy and long, resembling small horns above their eyebrows.
  • Their face, eyes, and skin are also dark. In addition, their chest and front legs are heavier than the rest of the body.
  • The long gray or brown hairs on the shoulders and neck form a cape. They have long tails and long limbs that give them balance when running through the forest.
  • Their tail is somewhat prehensile and powerful enough to grab onto branches while leaping through trees.

What Do Gray-cheeked Mangabeys Eat?

What Do Gray Cheeked Mangabeys Eat?

Based on the detailed research published in the African Journal of ecology, the Gray-cheeked Mangabey feeds on these food sources not limited to[¶]:

  • Hexapoda (Insecta)
  • Boleko Nut (Ongokea gore).
  • Butter Tree (Pentadesma butyracea).
  • African Oil Palm (Elaeis guineensis).
  • African Nutmeg (Pycnanthus angolensis).
  • African Teak (Milicia excelsa).
  • African Mammee-Apple (Mammea africana).
  • Horsewood (Clausena anisata)
  • Fig (Ficus)
  • Chinese Banyan (Ficus thonningii).
  • Broom Cluster Fig (Ficus sur).
  • Umbrella Tree (Musanga cecropioides).
  • Boarwood (Symphonia globulifera)
  • Calabash Nutmeg (Monodora myristica).
  • Pokeweed (Phytolacca)
  • Aframomum (Aframomum)
  • Treebind (Cissus)
  • Moambé Jaune (Annickia chlorantha).
  • Emien (Alstonia boonei)
  • Velvet Tamarind (Dialium guineense).
  • Umbrella-Tree (Maesopsis)
  • Trichilia (Trichilia)
  • Djave (Baillonella toxisperma)
  • Inoi Nut (Poga oleosa).
  • Rattan Palm (Eremospatha macrocarpa).
  • Red-Fruited Stinkwood (Celtis mildbraedii).
  • Olon Tendre (Zanthoxylum heitzii).
  • Tropical Almond (Terminalia)
  • Tallow Tree (Allanblackia floribunda).
  • Raffia Palm (Raphia)
  • Persimmons (Diospyros)
  • Hackberry (Celtis)

What Eats Gray-cheeked Mangabeys?

What Eats Gray Cheeked Mangabeys? Crowned Eagles

Humans (Homo sapiens), Crowned eagles (Stephanoaetus coronatus) and Leopards (Panthera pardus) are the primary predators of Gray-cheeked Mangabeys[§].

Gray-Cheeked Mangabey Facts

Lophocebus Albigena

  • Gray-cheeked mangabeys belong to the same family (Cercopithecinae) and phylum (Papionini) as mandrills, macaques, and baboons. In fact, they are also sometimes called baboon mangabeys.
  • A single infant is usually born with soft fur and open eyes.
  • If enough food is available, groups of mangabeys will congregate for a while and even group party members.
  • Like baboons, a female mangabey’s buttocks swell and turn pink when they are ready to breed.
  • Gray-cheeked mangabey life expectancy varies depending on diet. For example, troops eating hard-shelled nuts can wear down their teeth much faster and die younger than those eating a softer diet.

Suggested Reading: All Types of Monkeys

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