Niger Delta Red Colobus

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Animalia Primates Cercopithecidae Piliocolobus Piliocolobus epieni
IUCN Status: Critically-Endangered
  • Common Name: Niger Delta Red Colobus
  • Taxonomy Classification Year: 1999
  • Monkey Size: 53 to 63 cm (21 to 24 in)
  • Skin Color(s): Rusty orange
  • Habitat: Rainforest
  • Diet: Herbivorous
  • Native Countries: Nigeria

Niger Delta Red Colobus Distribution

Niger Delta Red Colobus Characteristics

The Niger Delta red colobus[1] (Piliocolobus epieni) is a critically endangered colobus native to the western part of the Niger Delta in southern Nigeria.

  • The Niger Delta red colobus monkeys have gorgeous coloring. Their backs are rust-orange in color, while their faces, hands, legs, and parts of their upper back are black.
  • Their stomach and arms are white. Their heads are relatively small, and they have round bellies.
  • Like many other arboreal primates, they have very long arms and legs, which are essential to spending their lives leaping from branches.
  • Their tail is also very long, helping them navigate their arboreal environment.
  • Like other colobus monkeys, the Niger Delta red colobus monkey does not have thumbs. Instead, there is just a minor bump where the thumb would be.

Niger Delta Red Colobus Facts

  • The scientific name of the Niger Delta red colobus, Piliocolobus epieni, comes from the local Ijaw language word for the species, “epieni“.
  • These red colobus monkeys are arboreal and spend most of their lives in the treetops.
  • They are quadrupedal and move gracefully through trees by leaping.
  • They can sling themselves through gaps in the canopy by leaping from a thin branch.
  • The Niger Delta red colobus monkeys live in groups consisting of several males and females, typically with a higher proportion of females.

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Key References
  • [1]“Niger Delta red colobus (Piliocolobus epieni)”. Accessed November 26, 2022. Link.


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