- Common Name: Sclater’s Guenon
- Taxonomy Classification Year: 1904
- Monkey Size: 80 to 120 cm (31.50 to 47.24 in)
- Skin Color(s): Speckled gray
- Habitat: Forest, rainforest
- Diet: Omnivorous
- Native Countries: Nigeria
Sclater’s Guenon Distribution
Sclater’s Guenon Characteristics
Sclater guenon (Cercopithecus sclateri), also called the Sclater’s monkey and Nigerian monkey is an Old-World monkey.
- It is a diurnal and arboreal primate living in the forests of southern Nigeria. Not to be confused with the closely related species Cercopithecus erythrogaster found in Benin and Nigeria.
- Like all guenon monkeys, Sclater guenons are colorful monkeys with striking and intricate facial patterns.
- Their small faces are lined with multi-colored strands of brown and black hair, bushy white patches on their ears, and a white patch on their necks.
- Black bars extend from its close-set eyes to the back of its head, and its nose is smooth, pinkish-white.
- Its body generally has mottled gray fur with slight variations closer to its hands and feet.
- Sclater guenon is perhaps best known for its tail color: about half of the underside of its long tail is bright rust red. Its tail is also nearly half of its total body length.
Sclater’s Guenon Facts
- Sclater’s guenon is an Old-World monkey first described by Reginald Innes Pocock in 1940 and named for zoologist and ornithologist Philip Sclater.
- The Sclater guenon is arboreal, diurnal, and on all fours (otherwise, it jumps 10% of the time). They use their long tails for balance and usually sleep in trees at night.
- These monkeys have a reasonably flexible group structure, similar to other members of their genus. For example, they can have groups with multiple males, multiple family members in a group, or groups with only females.
- Female species seem to form the core group, often traveling together without male presence.
- The Sclater-Guenon uses intricate cranial tissue and distinctive facial patterns to communicate and maintain relationships with other group members.
Suggested Reading: Types of Monkeys In The World
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