Lomami Red Colobus

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Animalia Primates Cercopithecidae Piliocolobus Piliocolobus parmentieri
IUCN Status: Endangered
  • Common Name: Lomami Red Colobus
  • Taxonomy Classification Year: 1987
  • Monkey Size: 53 to 63 cm (20.87 to 24.8 in)
  • Skin Color(s): Reddish-brown
  • Habitat: Forest, rainforest
  • Diet: Herbivorous
  • Native Countries: Democratic Republic of Congo

Lomami Red Colobus Distribution

Lomami Red Colobus Characteristics

The Lomami red colobus[1] (Piliocolobus parmentieri) is native to central Africa.

  • Like Lang’s red colobus, these Congo monkeys were treated as a subspecies of the Central African red colobus (Piliocolobus foai), but more recent taxonomies generally treat it as a separate species.
  • One of the most striking features of Lomami red colobus monkeys is their lack of thumbs. Instead, a lump is left where the thumb should be, making it look like it has been cut off.
  • The other fingers are extended to allow climbing, forming a hook to grasp branches. Like many climbing mammals, the Lomami red colobus has elongated limbs.
  • Male Lomami colobus monkeys tend to be larger than females. This species has a mass of 7-11 kg.
  • The length of the head and body is generally 53 to 63 cm, while the tail length is 60 to 70 cm. The head is relatively small, and the belly is round.

Lomami Red Colobus Facts

  • The Lomani red colobus monkey has a restricted range in the lowland rainforest between the Lomani River and the Lualaba River in the central Democratic Republic of the Congo.
  • They live in social groups of many males and females, usually with a high proportion of females.
  • Although females generally stay in the same group, males often change groups several times.
  • Lomani’s red colobus can be described as arboreal and diurnal.
  • They move through trees on four legs, which means they use all four limbs to walk along branches.

Suggested Reading: Different Types of Monkeys

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Key References
  • [1]“Piliocolobus parmentieri”. Accessed November 26, 2022. Link.

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