Greater Spot-Nosed Monkey

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Animalia Primates Cercopithecidae Cercopithecus Cercopithecus nictitans
IUCN Status: Nearly-Threatened
  • Common Name: Greater spot-nosed Monkey
  • Taxonomy Classification Year: 1766
  • Monkey Size: 40 to 55 cm (15.75 to 21.65 in)
  • Skin Color(s): Olive to black
  • Habitat: Forest, rainforest
  • Diet: Omnivorous
  • Native Countries: Guinea, Democratic Republic of Congo

Greater spot-nosed Monkey Distribution

Greater Spot-Nosed Monkey Characteristics

The greater spot-nosed monkey[1] (Cercopithecus nictitans), also called the greater white-nosed monkey, putty-nosed monkey, and white-nosed guenons, is among the smallest Old-World Monkeys.

  • Cercopithecus nictitans is most easily identified by a prominent white patch covering the nose. Their fur is dark, olive, or black, sometimes with a white patch on their chest.
  • They have cheek pouches in which they store food while feeding.
  • On average, individuals weigh between 4.2 and 6.6 kilograms, making them the largest of the genus Cercopithecus.
  • Sexual dimorphism is evident, with males being more prominent in size and body mass than females.
  • Great spot-nosed apes live mainly in trees but also move through the forest on all fours.

What Eats Greater spot-nosed Monkeys?

The African Journal of ecology publication indicates that leopards (Panthera pardus) predate Greater spot-nosed Monkeyss[§].

Greater Spot-Nosed Monkey Facts

  • Great spot-nosed monkeys have a polygamous mating system in which a resident adult male coexists with multiple adult females and their young.
  • They are generally social and found in groups of 12 to 30 animals. However, there is evidence of intra-group competition for dominant male status.
  • They are primarily active in the mid-canopy, often demonstrating acrobatic movements such as leaps and darts.
  • Their habitat overlaps with the Diana monkeys (Cercopithecus diana). The two species are thought to form mixed-species groups to protect themselves from predators and take advantage of opportunities to forage together.
  • Males make loud, low-pitched calls to communicate territoriality and as a warning call to predators.

Suggested Reading: Monkey Species List

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Key References
  • [1]“ADW: Cercopithecus nictitans: INFORMATION”. Accessed December 03, 2022. Link.
  • [§] – Middleton, O.S, Svensson, H, Scharlemann, J.P.W, Faurby, S, Sandom, C.J. CarniDIET 1.0: A database of terrestrial carnivorous mammal diets. Global Ecology and Biogeography. Craig, Christie A., Eleanor I. Brassine, and Daniel M. Parker. “A record of cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) diet in the Northern Tuli Game Reserve, Botswana.” African Journal of Ecology 55.4 (2017): 697-700.


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