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?Cercopithecine monkeys
Mandrill (Mandrillus sphinx)
Mandrill (Mandrillus sphinx)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Superfamily: Cercopithecoidea
Family: Cercopithecidae
Subfamily: Cercopithecinae
Gray, 1821
Genera

Allenopithecus
Miopithecus
Erythrocebus
Chlorocebus
Cercopithecus
Macaca
Lophocebus
Rungwecebus
Papio
Theropithecus
Cercocebus
Mandrillus

The Cercopithecinae are a subfamily of the Old World monkeys, that includes in its roughly 71 species the baboons, the macaques and the vervet monkeys. Most cercopithecine monkeys are limited to sub-Saharan Africa, although the macaques range from the far eastern parts of Asia through northern Africa as well as on Gibraltar.

Characteristics Edit

The various species are adapted to the different terrains they inhabit. Arboreal species are slim, delicate and have a long tail, while terrestrial species are stockier and their tail can be small or completely nonexistent. All species have well developed thumbs. Some species have ischial callosities, which can change their colour during mating period.

These monkeys are diurnal and live together in social groups. They live in all types of terrain and climate, from cool mountains to rain forests, savannah, bald rocky areas or even snowy mountains, like the Japanese Macaque.

Most species are omnivorous with diets ranging from fruits, leaves, seeds, buds, mushrooms to insects and spiders to smaller vertebrates.

Gestation lasts approximately six to seven months. Young are weaned after 3 to 12 months and are fully mature within 3 to 5 years. The life expectancy of some species can be as long as 50 years.

Classification Edit

Cercopithinae is often split into two tribes, Cercopithecini and Papionini, as shown in the list of genera below.

 




Homo



Pan




Hylobates






Cercopithecinae

Macaca



 

Papio



Theropithecus




Cercocebus




Colobinae


Colobus



 

Pygathrix



Nasalis



 

Trachypithecus








Phylogenetic position of the Cercopithecinae.[1]

NotesEdit

  1. Jinchuan Xing, Hui Wang, Kyudong Han, David A. Ray, Cheney H. Huang, Leona G. Chemnick, Caro-Beth Stewart, Todd R. Disotell, Oliver A. Ryder, Mark A. Batzer 2005. A mobile element based phylogeny of Old World monkeys. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 37 :872–880

ReferencesEdit


See alsoEdit

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