Lowe's Mona Monkey

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Animalia Primates Cercopithecidae Cercopithecus Cercopithecus lowei
Lowe's Mona Monkey
IUCN Status: Vulnerable
  • Common Name: Lowe’s Mona Monkey
  • Taxonomy Classification Year: 1923
  • Monkey Size: 41 to 63 (16 to 25 in)
  • Skin Color(s): Brownish-yellow
  • Habitat: Forest, rainforest, scrub forest
  • Diet: Herbivorous
  • Native Countries: Ghana, Ivory Coast

Lowe’s Mona Monkey Distribution

Lowe’s Mona Monkey Characteristics

Lowe's Mona Monkey

Lowe’s Mona monkey[1] (Cercopithecus lowei) is an Old-World monkey in the Cercopithecidae family found from Ghana to the Ivory Coast.

  • It was previously classified as a subspecies of Campbell’s mona monkey, Cercopithecus campbelli.
  • Lowe’s Mona monkeys have interesting coloration with black or gray arms, legs, lower back, a brownish-yellow upper back, and a large, puffy, white ruff on the chest.
  • The upper half of their face is yellow, and the sides are grey. The center of their face is bald and primarily grey, with pink under their nose.
  • Their amber eyes are large and expressive. They have long, thin, black tail that helps them move through the forest.
  • There is no sexual dimorphism apart from the larger size of the males.

What Do Lowe’s Mona Monkeys Eat?

The Lowe’s Mona Monkey consumes many plant matters including[¶]:

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

Lowe’s Mona Monkey Facts

  • Lowe’s Mona monkeys generally consist of one male and several females. However, bachelor groups of males and groups with several males and several females have also been observed.
  • Females within the group tend to be very social, with males interacting less frequently with other group members.
  • Females, who make up the majority of adults in a group, have a much wider range of vocalizations than males, including types of calls to indicate distress, threat, and contact with another group.
  • Around dawn and dusk, the dominant male will climb a post in an emerging tree and give a series of booms.
  • Lowe’s Mona Monkey is a slow and deliberate collector.

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Key References
  • [1]“View of Population studies of Lowes Monkey (Mammalia: Primates: Cercopithecidae: Cercopithecus lowei Thomas, 1923) in Kakum Conservation Area, Ghana| Journal of Threatened Taxa”. 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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