Ulindi River Red Colobus

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Animalia Primates Cercopithecidae Piliocolobus Piliocolobus lulindicus
IUCN Status: Endangered
  • Common Name: Ulindi River Red Colobus
  • Taxonomy Classification Year: 1914
  • Monkey Size: 50 to 69 cm (20 to 27 in)
  • Skin Color(s): Red and black
  • Habitat: Forests
  • Diet: Herbivorous
  • Native Countries: Democratic Republic of Congo

Ulindi River Red Colobus Distribution

Ulindi River Red Colobus Characteristics

The Ulindi River red colobus[1] (Piliocolobus lulindicus) is native to the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

  • It was previously considered conspecific with the foa red colobus (Piliocolobus foai). However, it has been tentatively recognized as a separate species by the American Society of Mammalogists and the IUCN Red List.
  • The Ulindi River red colobus has long black and red fur on its head and back with light-colored underparts.
  • All other physical characteristics of Ulindi River Red Colobus are identical to Foa’s Red Colobus monkeys.
  • Like Foa’s Red colobus, the Ulindi River Red Colobus also has smaller teeth than most other red colobus species.

Ulindi River Red Colobus Facts

  • This Red Colobus species is named after the Ulindi River.
  • It is primarily found in the lowland forest east of the Lualaba River. The Albertine Rift serves as the eastern barrier to the species’ range.
  • Like all other Colobus monkeys, the Ulindi River red colobus is agile while moving between the trees.
  • Generally, these red colobus monkeys are found in large groups of 20-90 individuals.
  • It is threatened by habitat loss and hunting, as its large size means it is often hunted for bushmeat, and much of its habitat is cleared for farmland.

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Key References
  • [1]“Piliocolobus lulindicus, Ulindi River Red Colobus”. Accessed November 26, 2022. Link.


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