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. https://doi.org/10.1111/geb.13296. 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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