Green Monkey

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Animalia Primates Cercopithecidae Chlorocebus Chlorocebus sabaeus
Green Monkey
IUCN Status: Least-Concern
  • Common Name: Green Monkey
  • Taxonomy Classification Year: 1766
  • Monkey Size: 30 to 50 cm (11.81 to 19.69 in)
  • Skin Color(s): Golden-green
  • Habitat: Savanna or grassland, forest, scrub forest
  • Diet: Herbivorous
  • Native Countries: Senegal, Ghana

Green Monkey Distribution

Green Monkey Characteristics

Green Monkey

The green monkey[1] (Chlorocebus sabaeus), also called the sabaeus monkey, is an Old World monkey with golden-green fur, pale feet, and hands.

  • These medium-sized monkeys are draped in dense, green-tinged, golden fur, hence their common name, green monkeys.
  • The face is hairless but covered with dark blue fur outlined by a smooth line of white fur.
  • Like other monkeys, Green monkeys have long, thin, semi- prehensile tails. In addition, male and female species are sexually dimorphic.
  • Males can weigh between 4 and 8 kg and reach an average length of 50 cm.
  • Adult females typically weigh between 3.5 and 5 kg and are around 450 mm long. The color scheme is said to feature a prominent “red-white-blue” display.

What Do Green Monkeys Eat?

What Do Green Monkeys Eat?

The Green Monkey feeds on[¶] many food sources including:

  • Fig (Ficus)
  • Hairy Rock Fig (Ficus glumosa).
  • Leaf Flower (Phyllanthus)
  • Sacred Garlic Pear (Crateva religiosa).
  • Chinalaurel (Antidesma)
  • Ebony Diospyros (Diospyros mespiliformis).
  • Ohia (Celtis zenkeri)
  • Chinese Banyan (Ficus thonningii).
  • Guanabanilla (Ouratea striata)

What Eats Green Monkeys?

What Eats Green Monkeys?

In the wild, Leopards (Panthera pardus) and Lions (Panthera leo) prey on Green Monkeys[§].

Green Monkey Facts

Chlorocebus Sabaeus

  • Green monkeys’ locomotion varies little, regardless of substrate or habitat. In nearly all circumstances, they move quadrupedally in the treetops or on the ground.
  • They are relatively light and can travel nimbly on branches using all four limbs.
  • It does not have a distinctive fur band on its forehead like other Chlorocebus species, and the males have a light blue scrotum.
  • They have distinct vocalizations to warn others in the predator pack and even have specific calls for certain predators.
  • Body language, such as displaying colorful genitals, is also used to communicate danger and establish dominance.

Suggested Reading: Every Type of Monkey

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Key References
  • [1]“Distribution of the Green Monkey (Chlorocebus sabaeus) in the Coastal Zone of Côte d’Ivoire”. Accessed September 17, 2022. Link.
  • [¶] – Fricke, E.C., Svenning, J. Accelerating homogenization of the global plant-frugivore meta-network. Nature 585, 74-78 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-020-2640-y.
  • [§] – 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 Ecology55.4 (2017): 697-700.

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