Lesula

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Animalia Primates Cercopithecidae Cercopithecus Cercopithecus lomamiensis
IUCN Status: Vulnerable
  • Common Name: Lesula
  • Taxonomy Classification Year: 2012
  • Monkey Size: 40 to 65 cm (15.75 to 25.59 in)
  • Skin Color(s): Blonde
  • Habitat: Rainforest
  • Diet: Herbivorous
  • Native Countries: Democratic Republic of Congo

Lesula Distribution

Lesula Characteristics

The lesula[1] (Cercopithecus lomamiensis) is a species of Old-World monkey occurring in the Lomami Basin of the Congo.

  • Slender, medium-sized Lesulas feature a strong color contrast in their coat pattern, with blonde fur along the upper chest, throat, and chin.
  • Black fur covers the lower abdomen and ventral region, fading to silver-gray tones on the thigh’s proximal half.
  • Amber fur grows at the proximal end of their long, thin tails, gradually darkening to black towards the tip.
  • The fur on the shoulders and long front legs is black. Their face, ears, and eyelids are bare and range in color from pinkish gray to brown.
  • Lesulas and its sister species, Cercopithecus hamlyni, are distinguished from all other species in the genus Cercopithecus by their vertical nasal stripe, skull shape, and facial mane.

Lesula Facts

  • This monkey is described as having human eyes and a blue bottom.
  • Lesulas are shy and semi-arboreal, traveling and resting on the ground and in the treetops.
  • They travel alone, in conspecific groups (usually 5 members or fewer), or small multi-specific assemblages with other primates.
  • Lesulas communicate vocally, with the frequency of vocalizations increasing dramatically just before sunrise, from 5:45 to 6:30 a. m.
  • Upon contact with humans, individuals often fled.

Suggested Reading: Monkey Species List

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Key References
  • [1]“ADW: Cercopithecus lomamiensis: INFORMATION”. Accessed December 04, 2022. Link.

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