Thollon's Red Colobus

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Animalia Primates Cercopithecidae Piliocolobus Piliocolobus tholloni
IUCN Status: Vulnerable
  • Common Name: Thollon’s Red Colobus
  • Taxonomy Classification Year: 1886
  • Monkey Size: 45 to 67 cm (18 to 26 in)
  • Skin Color(s): Slatey-grey or dark brown
  • Habitat: Rainforest
  • Diet: Herbivorous
  • Native Countries: Democratic Republic of Congo

Thollon’s Red Colobus Distribution

Thollon’s Red Colobus Characteristics

The Thollon’s red colobus[1] (Piliocolobus tholloni), also called the Tshuapa red colobus, is native to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Lower Republic of the Congo.

  • It is located west of the Lomami River and south of the Congo River. It was once thought to be a subspecies of Piliocolobus badius.
  • It was recognized as a separate species by Dandelot in 1974, followed by Groves in 2001. Others have suggested it be considered a subspecies of Piliocolobus rufomitratus.
  • Thollon’s red colobus reaches a head-to-body length of 450-670 mm (18-26 in) with a tail of 520-800 mm (20-31 in) and weighs 5-11 kg (11-24 lb).
  • It has a red or brown head and limbs and a black, slate gray, or dark brown upper part. It does not have long tufts of hair or fringes on its tail.
  • Compared to other Colobus monkeys, the nostrils are V-shaped, the fingers are long, and the big toe is short.

Thollon’s Red Colobus Facts

  • These African primates are found in all layers of the rainforest.
  • Like Foa’s red colobus, Thollon’s red colobus monkeys are incredibly agile, moving between trees by brachiation.
  • These monkeys use vocalizations to communicate. Their repertoire consists of alarm calls whose duration varies according to the imminent threat.
  • Females leave their natal group and move freely between groups of males that remain in their natal group.

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Key References
  • [1]“Thollon’s Red Colobus-Encyclopedia of Life”. Accessed November 26, 2022. Link.

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