Red-bellied Monkey

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Animalia Primates Cercopithecidae Cercopithecus Cercopithecus erythrogaster
IUCN Status: Endangered
  • Common Name: Red-bellied Monkey
  • Taxonomy Classification Year: 1866
  • Monkey Size: 46 to 46 cm (18 to 18 inches)
  • Skin Color(s): Dense gray
  • Habitat: Forest, rainforest
  • Diet: Omnivorous
  • Native Countries: Nigeria, Benin

Red-bellied Monkey Distribution

Red-Bellied Monkey Characteristics

The red-bellied monkey[1] (Cercopithecus erythrogaster), also called the red-bellied guenon or white-throated guenon is a diurnal primate living in the trees of Tropical Rainforests or tropical areas in Benin and Nigeria.

  • Pretty and slender, red-bellied monkeys’ dense gray fur is highlighted by a rust-red patch of fur on their underbelly, making them easy to identify.
  • The thick white hair around its neck is reminiscent of the ruffled lace collars of Renaissance nobles, hence their common names, red-bellied or white-throated monkeys.
  • The top of their head appears pointed, as do their ears. Their narrow mouth sticks out. Like all guenons, they have cheek pouches in which they store food while feeding.
  • Their flat nose has hanging nostrils. Their light brown eyes are round. Their hands and feet have five fingers with opposing thumbs and toes.

Red-Bellied Monkey Facts

  • The red-bellied monkey was once considered extinct due to constant hunting for fur on its unique red belly and white front legs. However, a small group was found near the Niger River in 1988.
  • These monkeys are diurnal. They live in small groups in the lower treetops and, being quite shy, are not easy to spot in the wild.
  • They move by walking, running on their hands and feet, or jumping.
  • Members of one group maintain close relationships but avoid interacting with members of other groups.
  • Red-bellied monkeys use postures to express their feelings. Gazing open-mouthed and nodding, for example, are used to warn intruders.

Suggested Reading: Every Type of Monkey

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Key References
  • [1]“Red-Bellied Monkey – New England Primate Conservancy”. Accessed December 04, 2022. Link.


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