Lesser Spotted Nosed Monkey

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Animalia Primates Cercopithecidae Cercopithecus Cercopithecus petaurista
Lesser Spot-nosed Monkey
IUCN Status: Nearly-Threatened
  • Common Names: Lesser Spot-nosed Monkey, Lesser Spotted Monkey, and Lesser White-nosed Monkey
  • Taxonomy Classification Year: 1774
  • Monkey Size: 100.58 to 115.82 cm (39.6 to 45.6 inches)
  • Skin Color(s): Olive green
  • Habitat: Forest, rainforest
  • Diet: Omnivorous
  • Native Countries: Ivory Coast, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Togo, Guinea-Bissau, Senegal

Lesser Spot-nosed Monkey Distribution

Lesser Spotted-nosed Monkey Characteristics

Lesser Spotted-nosed Monkey

The lesser spotted-nosed monkey[1], lesser spotted monkey, or lesser white-nosed monkey (Cercopithecus petaurista) is a primate species in the Cercopithecidae family.

  • It is a species of small monkey with a long tail. The face is black, with a white patch on the nose.
  • A white stripe extends from the temple to below the ear. The Crown, back, outer limbs, and upper tail are olive or khaki.
  • In some species, the middle and lower back have a reddish tint. The individual hairs, especially on the Crown, are mottled with black and yellow.
  • The underparts, the limbs’ inside, and the tail’s underside are white or cream.

What Do Lesser Spot-nosed Monkeys Eat?

The Lesser Spot-nosed Monkey feeds on these food sources[¶]:

  • Fig (Ficus)
  • Chinalaurel (Antidesma)
  • Leaf Flower (Phyllanthus)
  • Hairy Rock Fig (Ficus glumosa).
  • Persimmons (Diospyros)
  • Ohia (Celtis zenkeri)
  • Guanabanilla (Ouratea striata)
  • Chinese Banyan (Ficus thonningii).
  • African Nutmeg (Pycnanthus angolensis).
  • Sacred Garlic Pear (Crateva religiosa).
  • Boleko Nut (Ongokea gore).
  • Raphia Palm (Raphia africana).
  • African Oil Palm (Elaeis guineensis).

Lesser Spotted-nosed Monkey Facts

Cercopithecus Petaurista

  • The lesser spotted-nosed monkey is diurnal, arboreal, and cryptic; it moves cautiously through the forest, rarely climbing to high treetops but mostly visiting undergrowth and vines.
  • It forms social groups of about 10 individuals, usually one adult male, several adult females, and their young.
  • It feeds on fruits, leaves, flowers, and insects, collecting its food and storing it in the cheek pouches.
  • Females give birth to single young after a gestation period of about 7 months. Therefore, breeding does not appear to be seasonal.
  • The group’s male emits an alarm call similar to a cat’s purr, distracting potential predators so that the rest of the group can seek refuge elsewhere.

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Key References
  • [1]“Comparative Placentation”. Accessed September 24, 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.

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