Moustached Guenon

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Animalia Primates Cercopithecidae Cercopithecus Cercopithecus cephus
Moustached Guenon
IUCN Status: Least-Concern
  • Common Name: Moustached Guenon
  • Taxonomy Classification Year: 1758
  • Monkey Size: 52 to 52 cm (20.47 to 20.47 in)
  • Skin Color(s): Blackish-brown
  • Habitat: Rainforest
  • Diet: Herbivorous
  • Native Countries: Angola, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon

Moustached Guenon Distribution

Moustached Guenon Characteristics

Moustached Guenon

The mustached monkey[1] or moustached guenon (Cercopithecus cephus) is a primate species in the Cercopithecidae family.

  • It has a colorful blue-to-purple face with a bluish-white crescent-shaped stripe below the bare nose.
  • Underneath this “mustache” are black hairs at the edge of the upper lip and bushy bright yellow sideburns on either side of the face.
  • The ears are black, and the rest of the head is covered with black-brown hair.
  • This black-brown hair extends dorsally and laterally, and the ventral region has ash-gray hair.
  • The tail, longer than the rest of the body, is non-prehensile and draped in copper-red fur.

What Do Moustached Guenons Eat?

What Do Moustached Guenons Eat?

The Moustached Guenon feeds on these plant sources[¶]:

  • African Nutmeg (Pycnanthus angolensis).
  • Butter Tree (Pentadesma butyracea).
  • Boleko Nut (Ongokea gore).
  • African Oil Palm (Elaeis guineensis).
  • African Teak (Milicia excelsa).
  • African Mammee-Apple (Mammea africana).
  • Umbrella Tree (Musanga cecropioides).
  • Boarwood (Symphonia globulifera)
  • Treebind (Cissus)
  • Trichilia (Trichilia)
  • Moambé Jaune (Annickia chlorantha).
  • Tallow Tree (Allanblackia floribunda).
  • Emien (Alstonia boonei)
  • Olon Tendre (Zanthoxylum heitzii).
  • Fig (Ficus)
  • Rattan Palm (Eremospatha macrocarpa).
  • Velvet Tamarind (Dialium guineense).
  • Umbrella-Tree (Maesopsis)
  • Tropical Almond (Terminalia)
  • Aframomum (Aframomum)
  • Djave (Baillonella toxisperma)
  • Inoi Nut (Poga oleosa).
  • Red-Fruited Stinkwood (Celtis mildbraedii).
  • Raffia Palm (Raphia)
  • Tail Grape (Artabotrys)
  • Leaf Flower (Phyllanthus)
  • Animal (Animalia)
  • Callingcard Vine (Entada)

What Eats Moustached Guenons?

What Eats Moustached Guenons Leopards?

In the wild, the primary predators of Moustached guenons are Leopards (Panthera pardus)[§]

Moustached Guenon Facts

Moustached Guenon

  • Moustached monkeys take regular paths through the branches, with each monkey following the next along the same path.
  • Their sure-footedness through arboreal habitats in rapid flight makes them remarkable tree-to-tree jumpers.
  • If the females in a group are unhappy with a male or female intrusion, they will defend the group and chase the lone intruder away.
  • The moustached monkey uses a soft trill that oscillates in a descending pitch.
  • They use gazing as a threat display. In this case, a monkey fixes its gaze on another individual with eyebrows raised, scalp pulled back, and facial skin pulled back.

Suggested Reading: All Types of Monkeys

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Key References
  • [1]“Moustached Guenon-Encyclopedia of Life”. Accessed October 12, 2022. Link.
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